The objective of WP6 is to design and launch calls, evaluate and select proposals and grant novel projects that can accelerate the Blue Bioeconomy. This WP will identify themes for additional calls that support the goals for the sustainable use of marine bioresources and the concept of the circular economy. The work in this WP will build on analyses of needs and gaps along the Blue Bioeconomy value chains, as identified by the three networks ERA-MBT, COFASP and JPI Oceans in their consultations and forward-looking activities involving industry, R&I and policy entities. Work package 6 will further identify options to create additional calls for new research driven innovative activities that contribute to Europe’s bioeconomy. As a forward-looking activity, WP6 will identify thematic areas and develop calls that support novelty and value creation from aquatic bioresources at all stages within the value-chains, targeting projects designed to raise the TRL. WP6 will generate calls based on contributions from research and industry practitioners and society. In doing so, it will collaborate with and benefit from other WPs: e.g. insights from WP7 regarding lessons from present and past projects and other feedback. Dedicated stakeholder events will be designed to maximise contributions from researchers, industry and society in identifying novel ideas. WP 6 will coordinate with WP 5 to ensure the maximum use of available resources in promoting activities and, organising events. The expected impact of tasks completed in this WP includes
- Achieving coordination and collaboration with other funding initiatives in targeting joint funding opportunities;
- Maximising integration of regional networks such as those within the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Baltic and other maritime areas;
- Securing the participation of industry in developing the Blue Bioeconomy, via industry associations e.g. EuropaBio;
- Regional Authorities/Agencies; and other initiatives e.g. BBI-JU;
- Creating innovative calls for projects using novel funding mechanisms that involve public and private sector finance to deliver;
- Projects that maximise the use of available research and pilot infrastructures;
- Projects that attract scientists, technologists and companies not generally associated with the marine bioresources sector;
- Projects that contribute to scientific, economic and social progress – e.g. innovative products and services related to the use of marine biomass.
The profile of additional calls will reflect new research opportunities, including scientific, technological, socioeconomic and policy related research that could be supported by novel funding schemes. WP6 will take steps to avoid any duplication or overlap with previous or current projects. A particular focus of WP 6 will be on securing the participation of industrial partners to participate in supporting additional calls. WP6 will also identify opportunities to form funding collaborations with other EU initiatives, particularly where such collaborations enable access to, and greater utilisation of existing infrastructures and research and development communities.
Lead: Geniki Grammatia Erevnas Kai Technologias (GSRT)