On Tuesday 8 June, the ERA-NET Cofund Blue Bioeconomy launched its 2nd Additional Call. This call aims to facilitate research and innovation to underpin sustainable and circular management and use of natural resources. This will encompass an integrated food systems approach to ensure ecosystem integrity and resilience. Furthermore, acceptability, trust, transparency, and innovation uptake by citizens are key to developing the Blue Bioeconomy sector. To this end the production and consumption of safe and healthy food and bio-based products (food and nutrition security) is vital and this call will address market and socioeconomic aspects of the value chain to foster solutions to these issues.
The official call text document can be found in the submission portal.
10 partners from 8 countries have contributed approximately 8 million EUR to the call. The following partner countries will provide funds: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malta and Norway. Partners from countries not participating in the Call may join consortia but participation will be at the institutions' own expense.
Each project must include at least three partners from three countries and has to include at least one industry partner.
8 June: launch of the call
15 June: online brokerage event, part 1 (presentation of the call and submission tool)
21 June: online brokerage event, part 2 (matchmaking sessions on b2match)
20 September: submission deadline for pre-proposals
A brokerage event will be organised with b2match on 15 and 21 June 2021. The b2match tool can also be used to schedule more 1:1 meetings until 21 July 2021.