The final cohort of BlueBio funded projects were kicked off on 2 and 8 November with two thematic meetings to facilitate knowledge sharing and synergy between projects.
The fourth and final call of the Blue Bioeconomy ERA-Net cofund was a particular call to amplify project reach and knowledge impact. The alternative funding approach was chosen to increase the impact of the 36 projects already funded in the ERA-Net. The areas of the call where chosen after analysis of mid-term evaluations and meetings and discussions with the projects, enabling them to carry out work that was not foreseen when the project began.
The 13 selected projects are distributed among four areas: Dissemination of research and results (DISS), Training, exchange and capacity building (TECB), Business and commercialisation preparation (BCOM), and Mapping of relevant policy landscape (MPOL).
To kick-off the projects and enable knowledge sharing and synergy between projects, two thematic meetings were organized for the projects in November 2023. On 2 November, the projects on the topics Business and commercialisation preparation (BCOM) and Mapping of relevant policy landscape (MPOL) met to present their projects and learn from each other. The projects discussed barriers to commercialization, products in development and plans for upscaling.
The thematic meeting on 8 November gathered the projects Dissemination of research and results (DISS) and Training, exchange and capacity building (TECB). The dissemination projects presented their wide range of dissemination activity plans, from more in-depth social media presence, handbooks for seaweed farmers, music festival presentations, large business conference representation to information videos. The projects discussed how the ideas for dissemination had come as the project developed and that the additional funding was essential for these dissemination efforts. The additional training activities included organizing a training course and information videos for a large range of stakeholders.
The interest from the projects, and the diversity of these amplification projects, clearly show that there is a need for this type of additional funding. It has a large potential to increase impact and should be adopted by more funding bodies.
The 13 selected projects can be found here.