17 May 2021

The terms of the EuroMarine 2021 calls were outlined by the Steering Committee (SC) during its 30 April 2021 meeting. These terms are summarised below, in advance of the public launch of the calls throughout the year. This will enable scientists at EuroMarine member organisations to start preparing applications and/or liaise with potential EuroMarine partners.

In 2021, a slate of distinct calls will be organised. The final budget of the calls will be determined by the SC at a later stage based on EuroMarine final 2021 resources. To check the current membership status of your organisation or that of a possible co-proposer of a foresight workshop, please refer to the 2021 membership list below. Please note that this is still a provisional list and that you are invited to contact the EuroMarine General Assembly representative of an organisation in case of doubt. Please contact secretariateuromarinenetwork.eu with any queries.

The 2021 Calls which are described in this preannouncement are:

  • A call for proposals of Foresight Workshops (FSW)
  • A call for application for individual Fellowships (targeting EuroMarine PhD students and scholars within five years of their doctoral degree)
  • A call for proposals to organise a EuroMarine Summer School on Ocean Transformation (targeting summer 2022)
  • A call for nominations for the PEARL Working Group (nominees should be recently retired marine researchers)
  • A call for topics for EuroMarine Podcasts (this is a volunteer-driven trial)

Call for proposals of Foresight Workshops (FSW)

Maximum funding: €7,500 Call Page Eligibility Criteria: FSW proposals should have a clear foresight dimension and target a scientific publication.

While the call is open to any topic, the Steering Committee would welcome proposals addressing EuroMarine priorities, as defined in EuroMarine's 2018 publication Ocean Frontiers for Sustainable Development Manifesto. Additionally, support to initiatives within the All Atlantic strategy and pledge are welcome. Proposals should involve at least three Full Member Organisations of EuroMarine (2021 members), from at least two different countries. Activities should be carried out within 2022 and any exemption sought, must be justified in the proposal.

Evaluation Procedure:

Proposals will be reviewed against criteria of scientific excellence and using specific pools of EuroMarine referees. The EuroMarine Steering Committee will make final decisions.

Timeline:

  1. Call Opens: 25 May 2021
  2. Deadline for proposal submission: 30 July 2021 Review and Evaluation: 30 July 2021- 30 Sept 2021
  3. Results Announced: Third week of November 2021

Call for applications for individual Fellowships

Maximum funding: €500 Call Page Following the example of previous years, in 2021 EuroMarine will grant individual fellowships to enable EuroMarine PhD students and scholars in their first post-doctoral position to attend an advanced course of their choice.

This year, EuroMarine has expanded the eligible courses to include training courses, workshops (including EuroMarine foresight workshops) and participation in field work and sampling campaigns. Applicants will be expected to describe how their selected course, workshop or field campaign will benefit their career and research development.

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants must be PhD students or scholars holding a post-doctorate position within 5 years of their PhD. Applicants must either belong to a EuroMarine Full Member Organisation or to one of the EuroMarine Invited Member Organisations in Morocco, Peru, South Africa, Tunisia, or Turkey (please refer to the membership list below).

The courses targeted by the applicants must run and be completed between 15 July 2021 and 30 November 2022.

Evaluation Procedure:

Proposals will be assessed by the EuroMarine early career researcher group, OYSTER. Funding will be subject to official acceptance onto the course and will be granted by EuroMarine and OYSTER through the EuroMarine Association.

Timeline:

  1. Call Opens: 25 May 2021
  2. Deadline for Submissions: 30 June 2021
  3. Results Announced: 15 July 2021

Call for proposals to organise a EuroMarine Summer School on Ocean Transformation

Maximum funding: €25,000 EuroMarine will fund the organisation of a summer school on Ocean Transformation. Proposals should contribute directly to the UN Decade on Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’s program of the science we need for the ocean we want. In particular, topics should cover solution-oriented training and research activities addressing one of more of the global ocean challenges. Proposals should involve at least three Full Member Organisations of EuroMarine (2021 membership list), from at least two different countries. The Summer School should be held during the summer of 2022.

Evaluation Procedure:

Proposals will be reviewed using specific criteria by the EuroMarine Steering Committee. Provisional Timeline (exact dates to follow):

  1. Call Opens: Provisionally End of June 2021
  2. Deadline for Submissions: End of October 2021
  3. Results Announced: November 2021

Call for nominations for the PEARL Working Group

The EuroMarine members have expressed an interest in funding the PEARL Working Group. The PEARL WG will be comprised of early retired marine researchers. A budget of €7,500 has been reserved for the creation and initiation of this WG.

The aim of this group will be:

  • To represent EuroMarine at high level events and be the ambassadors of the network when required; To provide mentorship to the OYSTER WG;
  • To lead the development of a white paper on EuroMarine’s role and scientific activities;
  • To provide advice on how to engage with private/public funding organisations.

The terms of reference for this WG will be developed by the coordination team and the EuroMarine secretariat based on the feedback of the Steering Committee (expected at the end of June 2021).

An open call for nominations will be communicated for EuroMarine members to propose candidates for this WG.

Timeline (tentative):

  1. Publication of the WG terms of reference and opening of the call for nominations: 30 June 2021
  2. Deadline for Nominations: 30 September 2021
  3. Announcement of selected nominees: first week of November 2021

Call for topics for EuroMarine Podcasts

EuroMarine members will be invited to propose topics and experts to create a series of podcast episodes on addressing global ocean challenges. The selected episodes will be developed by volunteer EuroMarine members and the EuroMarine Communications Team.

  1. Timeline (tentative): Call Opens: Provisional End of June 2021
  2. Deadline for Submissions: End of October 2021
  3. Results Announced: November 2021