Current open calls

Open calls are listed by programs.


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Call for consultation for the preparation of a new GEF project

Deadline: 15 March 2021
Budget: 85.000 euro
Countries: All westMED countries
Themes: Marine Protected Areas

In collaboration with MedPAN, The MedFund is launching a call for tender for the preparation and drafting of the project document and approval file for the project entitled “Build back a blue and stronger Mediterranean” funded by the GEF.

Based on the concept note approved by the GEF Board as well as on existing studies and initiatives and contributions from the main partners, the international consultant will adopt the models required by the CI-GEF implementing agency and will lead the preparation of the Safeguards Plan, ProDoc and GEF CEO Endorsement Package for the “Build back a blue and stronger Mediterranean” project.

Consult the Terms of reference here.

Applicants should submit their bids electronically to the following e-mail address:

Tenders must be received no later than 12.00 Central European Time on Monday 15 March 2021.


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GALATEA – Blue Growth Accelerator

Deadline: 31 March 2021
Budget: 1.308.000 euro
Countries: Spain, France, Greece
Themes: Maritime Technology/ Innovation

The project aims at developing new cross-sectoral and cross-border industrial value-chains integrating technologies and know-how from aerospace and ICT communities to 4 key Blue Growth domains: Smart Port, Smart Ship, Smart Shipyard and Maritime Surveillance.

Under the Voucher scheme, SMEs can get direct financial support of up to 20.000 € if they apply for development and technology transfer activities. For prototyping or demonstration vouchers, applications must be submitted through a consortium of at least two SMEs, and each SME can get up to 60.000 €.

Only SMEs members of the GALATEA clusters or located in GALATEA countries are eligible (France, Spain, Greece, Poland and Romania).

For more information about the calls, check the GALATEA website.

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MarTERA Call 2021

Deadline: 26 March 2021
Budget: EUR 8.5 million
Countries: Malta

  • Maritime Technology/ Innovation

MarTERA has launched a fourth joint call for transnational research and innovation projects. This call is initiated by ministries/funding organisations from 9 countries: Belarus, Belgium, Germany, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, South Africa and Turkey. The total funding budget is EUR 8.5 million.

The call covers the following priority areas:

  • Priority Area 1: Environmentally friendly maritime technologies
  • Priority Area 2: Innovative concepts for ships and offshore structures
  • Priority Area 3: Automation, sensors, monitoring and observations
  • Priority Area 4: Advanced manufacturing and production
  • Priority Area 5: Safety and security

Apply before the 23rd of March 2021!

More information:

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COSME Call | Tourism and Digitalisation

Deadline: 11 February 2021
Budget: 8 000 000 euro (maximum 1 000 000 per grant)
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia

  • Maritime and Coastal Tourism
  • Maritime Technology/ Innovation

The general objective of this Call is to boost the uptake of digitalisation and innovation by tourism SMEs through transnational cooperation and capacity building.

With an estimated budget estimated at 8 million euro, this action aims at reinforcing transnational and cross-border cooperation; fostering SME’s digital capacities and skills, and fostering sustainable solutions for improving tourism management.

Eligible participants must be fully or partly public or private bodies; private bodies must be properly constituted and registered under national law.

All the information at European Commission’s website:

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Blue Economy Window Call

Deadline: 16 February 2020
Total Budget: €20 million

The Blue Economy Window Call for Proposals 2020 is now open! Known as the EMFF BlueInvest Grants, the call offers a total budget of € 20 million

This call presents funding opportunities for SMEs across the European Union. You can get up to 70% co-funding for your project with an average EU contribution between between € 700,000 and € 2.5 million.

Here’s a link to the EMFF Blue Economy Window Call.

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Horizon 2020 Calls for Proposals | European Green Deal

Deadline: 26 January 2021
Total Budget: € 1 Billion

Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme, launched a new package of Calls for Proposals under the Green Deal thematic area. The deadline to present your proposals is 26 January 2021.

Associated countries (Tunisia), as well as Algeria, Mauritania and Morocco are eligible to participate in calls included within this funding mechanism. Here are a few examples of the Horizon 2020 new calls’ thematic scope:

  • Climate-resilient Innovation Packages
  • Enabling citizens to act on climate change
  • Innovative land-based and offshore renewable energy technologies
  • Green airports and ports as multimodal hubs for sustainable and smart mobility
  • Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Transparent & Accessible Seas and Oceans: Towards a Digital Twin of the Ocean


More information in the Horizon 2020 Services website  Click on ‘Green Deal’

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COSME Call for proposals | Technology & SMEs

Deadline: 2 February 2021
Budget: €5.000.000

This call for proposals aims to fund two pilot projects focused on building alliances among traditional and tech-savvy SMEs through industrial cluster organisations in order to promote SME collaboration and technology adoption within specific industrial ecosystems.

The final objective of this call is to contribute to a wider spreading and diffusion of advanced technologies across SMEs in Europe and boost economic recovery.

Applicants must be legal entities and shall be representatives of industry, research community, and technology providers, such as cluster organizations; technology centres and SMEs.

Learn more on EASME’s website

Study for the implementation of regulation (EU)2015/757 | 16 October

Study for the implementation of regulation (EU)2015/757 on the monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport | 

General information

The call for tenders was published the 02/09/2020.

In February 2019, the Commission adopted a proposal to revise Regulation (EU) 2015/757. The objective of this proposal is to align the EU MRV system, where appropriate, with the data collection system adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in 2016. The outcome of the ongoing co-decision process will require the update of the relevant implementing legislation taking into account the revision of Regulation (EU) 2015/757.

This tender has the following four key objectives:

Support the Commission in evaluating the adequate implementation of Regulation (EU) 2015/757;

Support the Commission in fulfilling its reporting requirements, as defined in Article 21 of Regulation (EU) 2015/757;

Help the Commission prepare the update of the relevant implementing legislation taking into account the future revision of Regulation (EU) 2015/757 (co-decision process ongoing);

Provide technical support to companies, verifiers, national accreditation bodies and Member States on the correct implementation of Regulation (EU) 2015/757 in form of a helpdesk.



The deadline for submission of applications is 16th October 2020 – 12:00 Brussels time

Project duration

The tasks should be completed within 24 months of the signature of the contract.

Financial allocation

Estimated total value of 260,000 euros


Economic operators can submit a tender either as a sole tenderer or as a group of tenderers. In either case subcontracting is permitted.

Economic and financial capacity:

Minimum level of capacity: Average yearly turnover of the last two financial years above 260,000

Basis for assessment:  This criterion applies to the tenderer as a whole, i.e. a consolidated assessment of the combined capacities of all involved entities will be carried out.

Evidence:  Copy of the profit and loss accounts and balance sheet for the last two years for which accounts have been closed from each concerned involved entity, or, failing that, appropriate statements from banks. The most recent year must have been closed within the last 18 months.

Technical and professional capacity:

Tenderers (in case of a joint tender the combined capacity of all members of the group and identified subcontractors) must comply with the criteria listed below:

The project references indicated below consist of a list of relevant services provided (i.e. not ongoing but fully completed) in the past three years, with the sums, dates and clients, public or private, accompanied by statements issued by the clients.

Criterion A1: The tenderer must prove experience in the field of greenhouse gas emissions from maritime transport and in particular related to the implementation of the Regulation (EU) 2015/757 on the monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport, maritime transport economics and market dynamics as well as experience in data collection, data mining, statistical analyses, ships’ CO2 emissions modelling or estimation, development of key performance indicators and the preparation of public reports.

Evidence A1: The tenderer must provide references for at least three projects delivered in these fields in the last three years with a minimum value of each project of EUR 100 000.

Criterion A2: The tenderer must prove capacity to work in English.

Evidence A2: The tenderer must provide references for three projects delivered in the last three years showing the necessary language coverage.

Criterion A3: The tenderer must prove capacity to draft reports in English on a high linguistic level, for the purpose of external communication.

Evidence A3: The tenderer must provide one document of at least 10 pages (report, study, etc.) in this language that it has drafted and published or delivered to a client in the last two years. The verification will be carried out on 5 pages of the document.

Criterion A4: The tenderer must prove its capacity to work in different EU countries.
Evidence A4: The tenderer must provide references for three projects delivered in the last three years. The combination of projects must cover at least five different EU Member States.

Criterion A5: The tenderer must prove deep knowledge and understanding of Regulation (EU) 2015/757 on the monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport and of THETIS-MRV. The tenderer must prove knowledge in monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions in maritime transport.

Evidence A5: The tenderer must provide references for three projects delivered in these fields in the last five years with a minimum value of each project of EUR 30.000.

Criterion A6: The tenderer must prove its ability to carry out all tasks, the implementation checks (Task 1) in particular, impartially and without conflicting interests with regard to the parties being assessed.

Evidence A6: The tenderer must provide an according declaration as part of the Declaration on Honour.

The team delivering the service should include, as a minimum, the following profiles:

Criterion B1 – Project Manager: At least seven years of experience in project management, including overseeing project delivery, quality control of delivered service, client orientation and conflict resolution experience in projects of a similar size (at least EUR 250 000) and coverage (at least three countries covered), with experience in management of teams of at least seven people.

Criterion B2 – Language requirements: At least one member of the team should have C2 level according to the Common European Framework for Reference for Languages11 in English, and the rest of the team should have at least C1 level in English.

Criterion B3 – Experts in [A] policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from maritime transport and in particular with expertise in relation to Regulation (EU) 2015/757 on the monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport; experts in [B] the collection and analysis of maritime transport data, in particular related to the technical and operational energy efficiency of ships. Relevant higher education degree or equivalent professional experience and at least five years of professional experience in the fields required.

Further information

D1.1: Separate conformity analyses of the implementation and enforcement of all relevant provisions of Regulation (EU) 2015/757 amongst all relevant stakeholders, in particular MS, verifiers, national accreditation bodies and companies

D2.1: Provision of bottom-up technical information on ships and engines characteristics

D2.2: Inputs to the Annual Report on CO2 Emissions from Maritime Transport (staff-working document and executive summary) falling within the first year of the contractual period

D2.3: Inputs to the Annual Report on CO2 Emissions from Maritime Transport(staff-working document and executive summary) falling within the second year of the contractual period

D3.1: Series of reports supporting the revision of the Regulation (EU) 2015/757, including, where applicable, drafts for updates of the existing implementing legislation in accordance with the revised Regulation (EU) 2015/757 and other policy developments

D4.1: overview of the helpdesk activities after one year and preparation of a revised FAQ

D4.2: Final outcomes and lessons learned from the helpdesk activities


C-Voucher | Second Adopters Open Call | 30 October 2020, 17:00 CET

With this call, C-Voucher, a European project financed by the European Commission, is looking for 24 end-user SMEs (called Adopters SMEs from now on) from prioritized sectors (Manufacturing, Textile, Blue Growth, Agro-Food and Health) willing to approach the transition towards the circular economy business models. Projects bringing cross-sectoral and cross-border potential will be prioritized and are highly encouraged.

The Adopter SMEs selected to be enrolled in the 3-month programme will be creating Business Cases, allowing them to structure the business model changes and disruption of their current value chains.

The C-Voucher consortium is led by FundingBox Accelerator (FBA) and is composed of 12 partners from 6 European countries (Denmark, Romania, France, Poland, Spain, and Sweden).


More information on C-Voucher’s website

EASME | Synergies and Clustering Between Maritime Projects | 5 October 2020

General information

The call for tender was published the 21st of August 2020.

The objectives of this open tender is to provide a platform for exchange of information, best practices and synergies between EMFF funded projects in a structures way, that will set up and develop a process for evaluating and clustering EMFF financed projects.

The service contract will manage and animate a platform for structured exchange of information, mutual learning, greater visibility and cross fertilisation between projects funded under EMFF.

This will have as main results:

(1) a better understanding of factors that positively influence the success of projects supported by the EMFF direct management, as well as of bottlenecks (in order to inform and improve future processes for programming actions to be funded under EMFF through direct management).

(2) mutual learning to enable projects to take advantage of insights and practices from other projects, including relevant similar projects funded by other EU funding instruments (i.e. Horizon 2020, LIFE etc.);

(3) an increased visibility of EMFF projects.



The deadline for submission of applications is 5th October 2020 – 10:00 Brussels time

Project duration

It is expected that the contract will be signed in the first quarter of 2021 and the duration of the tasks shall not exceed 24 months

Financial allocation

The available call budget is EUR 450,000 with the possibility of extension for another 24 months with the same amount.


Participation in this procurement procedure is open on equal terms to all natural and legal persons coming within the scope of the Treaties, as well as to international organisations.

It is also open to all natural and legal persons established in a third country which has a special agreement with the Union in the field of public procurement on the conditions laid down in that agreement.

Further information
The services to be performed by the contractor will consist of three main Work Packages (WP):


· The first WP “evaluation” (WP1) will consist of an evaluation of a minimum 60 up to a maximum of 90 EMFF projects and will have two subtasks: defining indicators and applying these indicators to get the evaluation results.

· The second WP “clustering/visibility” (WP2) will consist of creating thematic clusters of projects and produce materials on their results to enhance their visibility and enhance mutual learning

· The third WP “networking” (WP3) will consist of organisation of workshops to review results of the evaluation, exchange best practices and look for cooperation/synergies between projects from other programmes.