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7,5M€ to boost projects in the blue economy

(02/02/2016) Education, Research, Innovation, this year, 3 Calls for proposals will be launched under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to foster blue growth across Europe.

With a budget of over 7,5M€, the calls 'Blue careers', 'Blue labs' and 'Blue technology' will respectively help enhancing career opportunities in the maritime economy, stimulating the creativity of young researchers and set-up cooperations that will help bring research results to the market in promising blue growth technology areas.

The calls will be open to all sea basins surrounding the EU coasts and will target a wide range of stakeholders of the blue economy.

The 3 calls will be launched in the coming weeks by the EASME on behalf of DG MARE and an info day on the three calls is planned for early April in Brussels. All detailed information will appear on the EASME website

The "Blue careers in Europe" call for proposals with a total budget of €3.452.000 will bring industry and education/training providers together to improve skills and develop  career opportunities in the blue economy and train a new generation of students, scientists, professionals, technicians and entrepreneurs equipped with the appropriate skills to match the needs of the labour market and of the industry.

The "Blue Labs: innovative solutions for maritime challenges" call for proposals, with a total budget of €1.700.000, pursues to support projects where young scientists supported by researchers, industry and local stakeholders, team up to develop innovative solutions tailored to specific maritime and marine challenges or needs of one or more sea basins.

The "Blue technology" call for proposals, with a total budget of €2.520.000 aims to support transnational public-private-partnerships that will work at sea basin level to develop joint implementation roadmaps for coordinating investments  in high-potential and innovative blue growth technology areas. The call will maximise synergies between existing sea-basin/macro-regional strategies and research and innovation initiatives as well as between funding instruments at EU and national or regional level.