European call for proposals: Innovative utilisation of aquatic biomass and Novel aquaculture production systems
The ERA-NET Cofund BlueBio has launched calls for proposals in accordance with the JPI Oceans Operational Plan and tackles common priorities as described by the ERA-NET.
The ERA-NET Cofund instrument under Horizon 2020 is designed to support public-public partnerships between Member States and associated countries for the implementation and coordination of networking activities.
The aim of establishing a coordinated R&D funding scheme is contribute to the development of research-based innovations and to strengthen Europe’s position in this complex economic field in a global market. The basis for this approach builds on the overlapping needs uncovered by the strategic work of the Marine Biotechnology Strategic Research and Innovation Road map developed by ERAMBT, the Strategic Research Agenda of COFASP, and the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of JPI Oceans.
In general projects should explore innovative, yet sustainable and climate-friendly utilisation of aquatic biomass at different trophic levels, as well as sustainable harvesting, and novel aquaculture production systems targeting a range of existing or new markets, products (food, feed, chemistry, nutraceuticals, cosmetics, etc. applying a food first principle). The aim is to create, test, upscale and bring to the market new knowledge-intensive products and services derived from a diversity of aquatic biomass. The aquatic biomass in question may have either marine or freshwater origin. Projects may also seek synergies with land-based production. Projects should describe which part of the value chain being focused and give an indication of the technology readiness level (TRL) before and after the project. For projects that only focus on part of the value chain, impact and consequences of new methods or products should be considered in a wider value chain perspective.
- Exploring new bio-resources
- Exploring improvements in fisheries and aquaculture
- Exploring synergies across sectors
- Exploring Biotechnology and ICT
The following partner countries will provide funds to the call: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden.
The application has to meet and consider the following general eligibility criteria:
- The transnational consortium must consist of at least three independent eligible legal entities from at least three BlueBio partner countries.
- The maximum project size consists of ten eligible partners. Industry or research institutes from partner or non-partner countries with own funds are not included in this number. Those “external contributors” have to be mentioned separately in the submission tool. “External contributors” have to upload a Letter of Commitment.
- All proposals must involve both research organisations and industry (either as partner or as external contributor). Participation of SMEs is especially encouraged.
- The application must be written in English.
- Projects should have a maximum duration of 36 months.
- The requested total budget cannot exceed 2 M € per proposal (requested funding).
- Total requested budget of a country cannot exceed 60 % of the total eligible project budget in order to achieve balanced partnerships and ensure that responsibility and risks are shared.
Illustration Photo: Virginia Tech's Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center located in downtown Hampton, USA (credits: Aileen Devlin | Virginia Sea Grant / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0))