European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

The EMFF is the fund for the EU's maritime and fisheries policies for 2014-2020. The EMFF co-finances projects, along with national funding.


The Programme promotes sustainable and competitive fisheries and aquaculture; fosters the development and implementation of the European Union's Integrated Maritime Policy; promotes a balanced and inclusive territorial development of fisheries areas; and contributes to the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy.


The Fund helps fishermen transition to sustainable fishing; supports coastal communities in diversifying their economies; finances projects that create new jobs; improves quality of life along European coasts; makes it easier to access financing.


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Open Calls


European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants


Environmental monitoring of wave and tidal devices

The development of an ocean energy industry in Europe fits into several of the EU's key priorities in terms of Energy Union and Climate, Jobs, Growth and Investment. The EU is a worldwide front-runner in this sector with over 50% of tidal and wave energy companies based in Europe.

The specific objectives of this call are to: collect, process, analyse and share all environmental data and information on the positive, negative or absence of impacts of wave and tidal devices;  initiate strategic research to address gaps in knowledge to improve modelling of potential impacts of future deployments and to development of mitigation measures; and to develop a more efficient planning and consenting procedure based on a risk-based approach to ocean energy licensing.

Projects must undertake at least one, but preferably most of the following activities:  Research, data collection and analysis;  Environmental demonstration strategy and  Consenting and planning.

legal entities (public or private bodies)

January, 19 2018

Sustainable Blue Economy-Demo projects

This strand aims to support demonstration projects based on innovative technologies testing, deploying, scaling-up of new industrial or service applications and solutions for the blue economy.
Projects must undertake concrete activities in at least one of the following categories as part of the project implementation:
• Produce new materials, products or devices, and/or install new processes, systems and services, and/or improve substantially those already designed, produced and/or installed; and/or operating pre-commercial pilot manufacturing system; and/or test and validate the manufacturing process of first small series of pre-commercial products ;
• Consult, obtain feedback and validate with relevant stakeholders the technologies /services/products being tested/deployed/scaled-up and/or prepare internal and external organisations for full manufacturing, including development of a value chain; and/or prepare for full commercialisation, e.g. market/competitor/investment analyses, elaborated business
In addition to the core activities, applicants may include in their project one or more complementary activities to support the core activities.

Applicants must be legal entities. They can be public or private bodies.

February 28, 2018

Sustainable Blue Economy - Marine Litter

This strands aims at supporting projects that develop methodologies and technologies to:
i. Reduce the amount and harmfulness of marine litter from sea-based sources;
ii. Monitor and quantify the contribution of sea-based sources of marine litter;
iii. Remove and recycle, litter found in seas and oceans in the European sea basins/areas.       
Projects have to be undertaken in at least one the following priority areas:
- Reduction and prevention
- Monitoring and quantification of marine litter
- Removal and recycling
Projects must undertake all of the following activities:
• Development and testing of the methodology and/or technology;
• Evaluation of the cost-efficiency of the proposed methodology and/or technology;
• Assessment of the environmental impacts of the proposed methodology and/or technology;
• Assessment of the project´s quantifiable contribution to the respective objectives;
• Consultation and validation of the methodology and/or technology with relevant stakeholders;
• Efficient cooperation with relevant projects;
• Targeted communication and dissemination activities;
 • Assessment of the replication potential of the project in other EU regions;
 • Measures to ensure the sustainability and continuation of the project activities and the application of the developed methodology or technology.

Applicants must be legal entities. They can be public or private bodies.

February 8, 2018

Sustainable Blue Economy- Blue Netorks in the Med

Applicants must indicate clearly to which specific objective they are applying. They must select only one of the following specific objectives per proposal:
a) promote networking and collaboration between marine and/or maritime, port and logistics related education and training institutes in the Mediterranean to develop relevant skills and promote maritime professions in cooperation with business and public authorities;
 b) promote networking between maritime clusters in the Mediterranean to produce concrete results in terms of maritime innovation and maritime technologies, business development and innovation (including boosters, business angels and start-ups) and skills development;
c) pilot twinning of fisheries local coastal communities in the western Mediterranean based on the Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) approach to produce concrete results in areas such as diversification of fishing activities, both within and outside commercial fisheries and including tourism, pesca-tourism, sustainable aquaculture development and skills development, with a particular emphasis on women and youth.
Applicants must implement specific sets of core activities depending on the specific objective to which they are applying.

Applicants must be legal entities. Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of minimum
two legal entities ( either public or private bodies )

February 28, 2018

Sustainable Blue Economy- Restoring Marine Ecosystems in the Med

The strand aims at funding a project that will focus on the restoration of damaged or degraded Mediterranean coastal and marine ecosystems in zones with a particularly high potential to provide a wide range of marine ecosystem services.
Applicants must undertake the following core activities as part of the project implementation:
a) Identify and select at least one damaged or degraded coastal and marine natural ecosystem in the Mediterranean Sea or along its coast;
b) Identify and implement concrete activities to restore the selected area(s) and their capacity to provide goods and services;
 c) Establish a partnership or develop an existing partnership, for example including public authorities, NGOs, businesses, research bodies, local communities and integrating local knowledge;
d) Develop a robust method for evaluating the results of the project;
 e) Prepare a detailed roadmap for a follow-up project.
Adjacent  to the core activities, applicants may include in their project one or more of the complementary activities to support the core activities.

Applicants must be legal entities. They can be public or private bodies

February 8, 2018