Community-led actions to restore our ocean, seas and waters | Deadline 18 Sept 2024

Deadline:  18 Sept 2024
Budget/ Technical Assistance:
€ 50.000.000
Countries/ regions:
a.o. all WestMED countries
More information:
website


This call aims to mobilize communities of actors across the European Union to take decisive action in restoring, protecting, and preserving our ocean, seas, and waters. The call will support community-led pilot actions and transition agendas, as well as provide technical assistance tailored to the needs of Mission communities. Community-led actions will focus on implementing innovative solutions that transcend traditional approaches, incorporating technological, nature-based, social, cultural, regulatory, and financial innovations.

Additionally, the call encourages collaboration with scientific institutions and the integration of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) disciplines to ensure the societal impact of innovation activities. Applicants are encouraged to foster partnerships with local stakeholders, NGOs, government agencies, and relevant actors to maximize the impact and scalability of their initiatives.

Technical assistance to support communities of actors to achieve the EU Mission: Restore our Ocean and Waters objectives | Deadline 22 May 2024

Deadline:  24 May 2024
Budget:
technical assistance (non financial)
Countries:
European/ Mission lighthouses basins (Mediterranean,  Atlantic and Arctic basin,Baltic and North Sea basin, Danube River basin)
More information: dedicated funding page


Objective
The objective of the technical assistance is to support selected applicants in developing and strengthening their actions contributing to one or more of the targets of the Mission Ocean and Waters. By participating in this call for technical assistance, selected projects will gain access to technical assessments and feasibility studies. The technical assistance shall match the needs, capacity, and interests of applicants, providing tailored expert support for applicants’ projects on key dimensions such as regulatory, technical, economic, operational, environmental, and commercial feasibility. The feasibility studies will provide an assessment of the overall viability of projects, defining risks, opportunities, and probability of success and analysing whether the planned projects are legally, technically, financially, economically, operationally, environmentally, and commercially justifiable and feasible. The studies shall also provide recommendations on how to improve the feasibility of selected actions. Through the technical assistance, selected beneficiaries will gain a clearer understanding of the project feasibility and/or requirements to scale up and further develop the project. 

Eligibility
The Call for Expression of Interest seeks to collect applications from relevant communities of actors, who wish to contribute to the objectives of the Mission ‘Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030’ in one of the EU Mission lighthouses basins. Applicants must be from one of the three target communities: ports, fisheries, islands. Actions must be located within the Mission lighthouses basins (Mediterranean, Atlantic, Arctic, Danube, and North & Baltic Sea). 

Duration
The typical duration of the technical assistance delivery is between 4-6 months, commencing after the notification of selection. 

BeMed call for projects aimed at reducing plastic pollution in the Mediterranean islands | Deadline 10 July 2024

Deadline:  10 July 2024
Budget: 
Max €100.000 per per project
Countries:
All countries bordering the Mediterranean sea
More information: Beyond Plastic Med website

In 2020, BeMed launched a call for projects aimed at reducing plastic pollution in the Mediterranean islands. Five projects and a capitalisation programme were supported, ending in 2022. To reinforce its impact, BeMed is launching a second edition of this call on 10 April 2024.

The following is a non-exhaustive overview of the rules. Please consult the rules in full before applying:

Types of stakeholders eligible:
all stakeholders whose legal status allows them to receive grants. Under this call for projects, each organisation may submit only one individual and/or one joint application.

Eligible geographical areas:
The project must target a Mediterranean island (or group of islands) of any size, whether inhabited or not, in any of the countries around the Mediterranean. The following countries will be given priority: Egypt, Lebanon, Albania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey and Montenegro.

CapiMed:
The Capitalisation programme is back again this year ! To be eligible, projects must include participation in this programme (see section 3.3 of the regulations).

Type of eligible actions:
The call only concerns actions carried out as part of an ongoing project, which complement or extend a completed project, which reproduce actions/methodologies developed elsewhere whose effectiveness has been demonstrated, or actions which have a strong territorial base.

Priority topics: Reducing the use of plastics, reuse or re-employment systems, agriculture and fisheries, tourism, cruises and maritime transport.

Amount of funding:

– BeMed’s maximum support for each project will be €100,000.

– BeMed support may not exceed 70% of the total amount of the project

Duration of supported projects: 24 months maximum

Start of projects: projects will be starting from February 2025

 

For any questions about the call : ami@beyondplasticmed.org

Send your application to : ami@beyondplasticmed.org

The MedFund Call for Mediterranean MPAs | Deadline 30 June 2024

Deadline:  30 June 2024
Budget: 
Max $ 55.000 per MPA, per year, over 5 years
Countries:
Albania, Algeria, Lebanon, Montenegro, Morocco, and Tunisia
More information: MedFund website

In the framework of the joint project The MedFund / MedPAN, financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and entitled “Build back a blue and stronger Mediterranean”, the MedFund launches the call for interest addressed to the MPAs of the 6 eligible countries that have expressed their interest, namely : Lebanon, Montenegro, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Albania.

The Fund provides financial support by awarding grants to the management and co-management structures of Mediterranean MPAs in order to make a sustainable contribution to the recurrent management costs of these protected areas.

Visit the MedFund website for further details

Technical assistance to support communities of actors to achieve the EU Mission: Restore our Ocean and Waters objectives | Deadline 24 May 2024

Deadline:  24 May 2024
Budget/ Technical Assistance:
Technical Assistance
Countries/ regions:
EU countries/ Mission lighthouses basins (the Atlantic/Arctic coast, Baltic and North Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Danube River basin
More information:
website

 

Objective

The objective of the technical assistance is to support selected applicants in developing and strengthening their actions contributing to one or more of the targets of the Mission Ocean and Waters. By participating in this call for technical assistance, selected projects will gain access to technical assessments and feasibility studies.

The technical assistance shall match the needs, capacity, and interests of applicants, providing tailored expert support for applicants’ projects on key dimensions such as regulatory, technical, economic, operational, environmental, and commercial feasibility.

The feasibility studies will provide an assessment of the overall viability of projects, defining risks, opportunities, and probability of success and analysing whether the planned projects are legally, technically, financially, economically, operationally, environmentally, and commercially justifiable and feasible. The studies shall also provide recommendations on how to improve the feasibility of selected actions.

Through the technical assistance, selected beneficiaries will gain a clearer understanding of the project feasibility and/or requirements to scale up and further develop the project.

Target audience
Applicants must be from one of the three target communities: ports, fisheries, islands. 

Actions must be located within the Mission lighthouses basins (Mediterranean, Atlantic, Arctic, Danube, and North & Baltic Sea). 

Pilot Project on a demonstrator fishing vessel to promote energy transition in the fisheries sector | Deadline 11 June 2024

Deadline: 11 June 2024
Budget: € 2.2 million
Countries: EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)
More information:   funding and tender opportunities portal by the European Commission 

 

A new EUR 2.2 million call for proposals has opened for a Pilot Project on a demonstrator fishing vessel to promote energy transition in the fisheries sector (PPPA-2024-FISHVESSELDEMO). The call seeks to finance a pilot project on a demonstrator fishing vessel that will be retrofitted with alternative propulsion technologies and other solutions to improve energy performance, cut emissions and reduce underwater noise.

This call for proposals contributes to the aims of the February 2023 European Commission Communication on the Energy Transition of the EU Fisheries and Aquaculture sector, setting a framework for diversification from fossil fuels and improving energy performance. The aims are to improve the environmental sustainability of fisheries and reduce the vulnerability of the sector to increases in energy prices, which have created uncertainty for the sector and affected its profitability.

A virtual Info Day took place on 18 March, You can watch the recording here.

The call is open for applications from 20 February 2024 to 11 June 2024.

For more information, please see the CINEA news and call page.

Submit your blue school project and receive funding (SHORE) | Deadline 20 March 2024

Deadline: 20 March 2024
Budget: € 10.000 max per project
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia (and more)
More information:  visit the SHORE website

SHORE Open Calls aim to enhance the ocean literacy of primary and secondary students, educators, and schools, by empowering youth to become agents of change and eco-citizens.

The SHORE – Open Call #1 is open to proposals that address at least one topic and subtopic of the open call

  • Sea-based activities
  • Biodiversity
  • Hazardous substances and marine litter
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable use of water resources

The SHORE – Open Call #1 is open to proposals which include different types of activities aimed at primary and secondary schools’ students, teachers and/or parents of the school(s) concerned. These can range from workshops, trainings and exhibitions to field trips, boat activities and loboratory testing.

The full list is of requirements and activities is available in the guide for applicants  on the SHORE website

Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership’s second joint transnational call | Deadline 10 April 2024

Deadline: pre-proposals: 10 April 2024 | full proposals: 6 Nov 2024
Budget:
€ 40.000.000
Countries:
European
More information: 
visit the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership website

Note: 10 brokerage sessions of two hours will be organised from 26 February to 8 March. Sessions are scheduled between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM or 02:00 PM and 04:00 PM CET

The Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership is pleased to announce its second joint transnational call entitled “Unified Paths to a Climate-Neutral, Sustainable, and Resilient Blue Economy: Engaging Civil Society, Academia, Policy, and Industry ».

The vision of the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership, a European partnership under the Horizon Europe Programme, is to design, steer and support a just and inclusive transition to a regenerative, resilient, and sustainable blue economy. This EU Partnership aims to boost the transformation needed towards a climate-neutral, sustainable, productive, and competitive blue economy by 2030 while creating and supporting the conditions for a sustainable ocean for the people by 2050.

This second co-funded call aims to support transnational research and innovation projects of 36 months duration, addressing one of the four priority areas below (subject to funded priority areas by participating funding organisations, see Annex):

  • Digital Twins of the Ocean at regional sub basin scale
  • Blue economy sectors, development of marine multi-use infrastructures
  • Planning and managing sea-uses at the regional level
  • Blue Bioresources

Projects in this co-funded call must be impact-driven contributions to the transformation into a blue economy for a more resilient future and towards carbon neutrality targets, following an impact pathway approach.

2nd Call for Small Projects to strengthen the level of effective protection in Mediterranean MPAs | Deadline 21 January 2024

Deadline: 21 January 2024
Budget:
Max €25.000 (single MPA) to €45.000 (3 MPAs or more that cooperate)
Countries:
Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia,Greece, Cyprus, Malta,Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Monaco,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania,
More information: 
website MedPAN

 

The MedPAN Association is launching a Call for Small Projects for Mediterranean MPAs for the period 2024-2025.

The aim of this call is to strengthen the level of effective protection in Mediterranean MPAs, with fully or highly protected areas.

This Call for Small Projects is open to :

  • Organizations in charge of managing an MPA in the Mediterranean,
  • As well as other organizations (NGOs, private companies, scientific institutions, etc.) collaborating with MPA management authorities.

MPA managers and organizations wishing to apply must submit their grant application online no later than January 21, 2024.

Full details of the eligibility of participants or the types of projects that will be selected, as well as the selection process, are set out in detail in the Rules for the Call for Small Projects.

To apply for a grant, please :

  1. Read the Call Rules carefully to assess whether your project meets the criteria.
  2. Download and fill in the Grant Application form (GAF).
  3. Submit your Application (GAF and supporting documents) in the dedicated section below

Please contact the MedPAN Secretariat (projet@medpan.org) if you have any questions.

For more information visit the MedPAN website

Interreg NEXT MED: first call for proposals for transnational cooperation projects | New deadline 30 May 2024

Deadline:  30 May 2024 (= extended/ was 30 April and 28 March)
Budget:
€ 103.600.000
Countries:
Cyprus, Greece, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia and Türkiye.
More information:
website interregnextmed.eu | extension message

 

The Managing Authority of the EU-funded Interreg NEXT MED Programme, in agreement with the representatives of the 15 participating countries, is pleased to announce the launching of the first call for proposals.

With a substantial budget of €103.6 million, this call represents a unique opportunity to fund transnational cooperation projects aimed at catalyzing positive transformations and encouraging sustainable and inclusive development throughout the Mediterranean area.

In view of making the region smarter and more competitive, greener and climate resilient, more social and inclusive, the call focuses on pivotal themes for both shores of the Mediterranean: these encompass boosting research and innovation capacities, fostering SME growth, advancing renewable energy solutions, bolstering climate change adaptation measures, promoting educational opportunities, ensuring access to quality healthcare, and enhancing local governance processes, among others.

Geographical coverage of the call extends to over 100 territories from 7 EU and 8 partner countries, namely Cyprus, Greece, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia and Türkiye.

Recognizing the unique added value of working together beyond borders for the development of the Mediterranean area, each project has to be submitted by a partnership representing a minimum of 3 organizations from 3 different eligible countries, including at least one Mediterranean Partner Country. A diverse array of stakeholders, including national and regional public authorities, municipalities, non-profit/civil society organizations, universities, research organizations, private companies and other relevant entities may participate in the call.

Depending on the type of projects foreseen for this call – thematic, youth-oriented and governance – the EU financial support will range from €500,000 to €2.5 million. The EU contribution cannot exceed 89% of the project total eligible costs and the project co-financing must be at least 11% of the total eligible costs.

The launching of the call will be supported by a series of information events and other activities dedicated to interested organizations to be organized across the cooperation area and online. Foreseen iniatives and dates will be announced soon on this website.

The deadline for submitting project proposals is 30 April 2024 .

Interested organisations are encouraged to carefully read the application pack of the call for proposals available here.

MEDTOUR announcement poster

Note: Interreg NEXT MED organizes a  series of national info days designed to ensure interested organizations are thoroughly prepared and well-informed for effective participation in this first call for proposals. Visit the MEDTOUR page for the events near you