European Commission about to fund 10 new blue growth projects

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The European Commission has selected six 'blue career' and four 'blue labs' projects for funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Grant agreements are being prepared for signature.

The new 'blue career' projects will work towards enhancing career opportunities in the maritime economy, while the 'blue labs' projects will focus on young researchers helping them to bring research results to the market.

A budget of EUR 3.45 million (blue careers) and EUR 1.7 million (blue labs) is available. Project proposals submitted for the 'blue technology' call are still being evaluated. 

The Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) is managing the selection and follow-up of the projects funded under the EMFF on behalf of the European Commission. 

Blue careers projects shortlisted for funding

Project Short description Countries
BBMBC: A Blue Biotechnology Master for a Blue Career BBMBC will launch an Applied Blue Biotechnology Master II. The Master course will be co-designed with industry and focused on blue biotechnologies. It will provide knowledge and skills for jobs in the health, nutrition and aquaculture domains and will include strong elements of work-based training. The Master will be accessible to workers through lifelong learning schemes and mentoring opportunities. France, Spain, United Kingdom and Portugal
ASSESS: Advanced skills in safety, environment and security at sea ASSESS is an education and training project focused on professional profiles specialised in safety and security for ships and off-shore structures. The three main concerns are: safety and security for ships and off-shore infrastructures, for people (human life at sea) and for the environment. The project will address both higher education and vocational training.  Italy
BLUE SMART: Blue education for sustainable management of aquatic resources BLUE SMART will support the development of new skills and competences in both higher education (by designing a Master study programme) and vocational education for the sustainable management of aquatic resources in the Zadar county in Croatia. Croatia
ENTREFISH: Sustainable entrepreneurship for stronger skills and new employment The Entrefish project will provide entrepreneurs and workers in SMEs in the field of aquaculture and fisheries with new or strengthened managerial skills to support their entrepreneurial activity in a sustainable way. It will also attract young people (graduates or unemployed persons) with professional skills in sustainable management and business development in SMEs in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Italy and France
CETBC: Cooperation in education and training for blue careers CETBC will provide education and training for blue careers by applying the concept of "hybrid working" in order to train current workers of the Dutch maritime cluster to become teachers. This will allow them to equip students with the latest knowledge and acquire the skills needed in the labour market. The project will also develop an apprenticeship desk to address the shortage of apprenticeship places in the maritime sector in the Netherlands.  Netherlands
MENTOR: Blue Care7er Centre of Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea MENTOR will set up a Blue Career Centre of the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea. The centre will offer young people and experienced workers guidance and training to fill skills gaps and increase their employability in key Blue Economy sectors in the region: maritime transport (shipping, ports, ship-repairs and shipbuilding), cruise and nautical tourism, aquaculture and offshore oil and gas. Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania

Blue labs projects shortlisted for funding

Project Short description Countries

ARCHEOSUb: Autonomous underwater robotic and sensing systems for cultural Heritage discovery conservation and in situ valorisation

ARCHEOSUB will develop a full set of products and services for the discovery, surveying, protection and valorisation of Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH) sites. This will be done by developing an underwater sensor network as well as low-cost Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). 


SpilLess: First line response to oil spills based on native microorganisms cooperation

SpilLess will develop new and viable solutions to tackle oil spills. The solutions will be environmentally friendly as they will use native organisms with bioremediation capacity and devices for the application of bioremediation treatments. These will be unmanned and autonomous vehicles that can act as first line responders to pollution incidents.   Portugal, Spain and Norway

AMALIA: Algae-to-Market Lab Ideas - Adding value to marine invasive seaweeds of the Iberian northwest

AMALIA will develop new products and services to address invasive seaweed species in the Iberian North West Coast. It will produce bioactive products from invasive seaweed with applications in feed (aquaculture) and food (new/novel products), as well as develop a monitoring sensor for invasive species.   Portugal, Spain, Austria and the Netherlands

LitterDrone: Development and exploitation of innovative tools for remote marine  litter control and management through UAVs

LitterDrone will develop an innovative service for the monitoring and management of marine litter at the coastline, by using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), popularly known as "drones".  Spain


Please note that the disclosure of these shortlisted projects does not constitute a commitment for funding on the part of EASME until the grant agreements will be signed.

Useful links

EU blue growth policy

Evaluation results of "Blue careers" and "Blue labs" calls

'Blue Labs - innovative solutions for maritime challenges' call for proposals 

'Blue Careers in Europe' call for proposals 

'Blue Technology' call for proposals

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  • Mathilde Murphy | Mon, 06/02/2017 - 12:20
    name and contact details of the Blue growth projects organisatio

    good morning
    would it be possible to have the name or website of the organisations involved in the blue growth projects mentioned above? Maybe you need to wait for the agreements to be signed first? I hope the info gets published here sometimes.
    Mathilde Murphy, Enterprise, Europe Network adviser, East of England.

  • kammeju | Mon, 06/02/2017 - 13:54
    Full details to be published in the coming weeks

    Dear Mathilde,

    yes, indeed, we'll published the full details of the new projects (participating organisations, budget etc) once all the grant agreements have been signed. This should be done by end of this month. So please come back later and check again.


    Juliane @ EASME

Sergio Bisiani | Mon, 03/04/2017 - 17:01

Since we are developing innovation projects aimed at ship safety (fire and stability) and MOB research and recovery, I'd like to receive more info about the Italian ASSESS project and the addresses of the involved organizations
Sergio Bisiani - MarineLAB

  • kammeju | Tue, 04/04/2017 - 17:15
    Dear Sergio,

    Dear Sergio,

    You can find more information on the project including the list of partners in our project database:

    Kind regards,

    Juliane @ EASME

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