The submissions are in!

The closing-date for pre-proposals for the first call of the BlueBio Cofund was last Monday, March 18th, and it is safe to say that this first call received a strong response. In total the BlueBio Cofund received 83 project proposals. The table below gives an overview of the priority areas addressed in the project proposals.

Pre-proposals will be selected at the beginning of June and will be invited for full proposal submission afterwards. Deadline for full proposal submission is September 17th, 2019.

 

Priority Areas Proposals
Priority area 1: Exploring new bioresources 41
Priority area 2: Exploring improvements in fisheries and aquaculture 23
Priority area 3: Exploring synergies across sectors 14
Priority area 4: Exploring Biotechnology and ICT 5

 

Background

BlueBio aims at achieving a sustainable and competitive Blue Bioeconomy in Europe. The goal is to generate knowledge for Blue Bioeconomy value chains and improve the transfer of bio-based products and services from research, innovation and demonstrations to production scale implementing the multi-actor-approach. BlueBio contributes to the production of safe, nutritious and valuable bio-products and services, while applying the food first principle. BlueBio launches calls to attract projects that work on the use and value-added of aquatic biomass in integrated value chains from primary production to processing, generating innovative products and services within the bioeconomy. The aquatic biomass can be either caught, harvested or produced in marine or freshwater in water or on land. Alternative uses of waste from production as a resource shall be enhanced to promote the concept of a circular economy. Consequences of new methods or products shall be considered from a wider value chain perspective.

Animated Introduction to the BlueBio Cofund

Have a look at the new animated infographic video that explains what the BlueBio Cofund is all about.

BlueBio Cofund Kick-Off Meeting in Oslo

A successful kick-off meeting for the BlueBio Cofund project was held in Oslo yesterday, on the 29th of January. The project coordinator, Kristin Thorud from RCN (Research Council of Norway), led the meeting which was also hosted by the RCN.

The kick-off meeting was a perfect opportunity for all partners to meet and review the project objectives and the work plan, with a short overview on each work package. It is safe to say that the project is off to a good start and all partners are looking forward to the next steps.

The first co-funded call launched 17 December 2018 and the closing date for pre-proposals is on the 18th of March 2019.

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Brokerage event | January 2019

A brokerage event for applicants will take place in Lysaker, Norway, 30 January 2019. During this event, participants will be informed about the co-funded call and will have the chance to find potential partners through several matchmaking sessions. A webinar will be held during the brokerage event where participants will be able to ask questions during this session via an online platform.

See more at Brokerage Event

New ERA-NET Cofund on the Blue Bioeconomy

The Cofund is the result of a collaboration between JPI Oceans and the former ERA-NETS COFASP and ERA MBT and consists of 28 partners from 16 countries.

The main objective of the Cofund is to establish a coordinated R&D funding scheme that will strengthen Europe’s position in the blue bioeconomy. The first co-funded call, is expected to launch in October 2018. The Cofund partners have committed EUR 24,9 million, which will make up a maximum total budget of EUR 32,9 million including EUR 8 million co-funding from the European Commission.

BlueBio will address gaps such as:

  • developing innovative uses of underutilised and waste material from fisheries and aquaculture to achieve zero waste;
  • using biotechnology and ICT to develop smart, efficient, traceable food systems and create synergies between aquaculture and fisheries (genetic assessment and digitalisation);
  • unlock the potential of microbiomes to support growth in aquaculture, fisheries, and food processing and biotechnology; apply the latest developments in ICT (IoT, machine learning, big data) to the Blue Bioeconomy;
  • creating predictive tools to improve the identification and targeting of biodiversity “hot-spots” in the oceans (omics based technologies);
  • exploring synergies with land-based production in areas such as food and feed production and processing, biorefining, bioenergy, biomaterials, chemicals and nutrients and maximise the use of aquatic bioresources in terrestrial value chains;
  • improving aquaculture and wild harvesting of stocks by support for the creation of innovative feeds, improved brood stocks, by introducing new species, defining stock baselines, and assessing stocks and by encouraging the adoption of novel production technologies.

The goal is to identify new and improve existing ways of bringing bio-based products and services to the market and find new ways of creating value from in the blue bioeconomy. Next to the co-funded call, the Cofund plans to contribute to the national priorities as well as to the strategic research agenda of JPI Oceans, and the ERA-NETs COFASP and MBT.

Participating countries in the ERA-NET Cofund are Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,  Iceland, Denmark, Ireland, Italy,  Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden.