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Horizon Europe: EUR 87.7 million available for actions under Oceans and Waters Missions call
Begins 17/01/2023
Ends 20/09/2023

This call will support actions for the implementation of the Mission “Restore our Oceans and Waters by 2030”, which will provide a systemic approach for the restoration, protection and preservation of our ocean, seas and waters.

Description: Following the adoption of the Horizon Europe 2023-2024 work programme, the European Commission has launched a new call for project proposals to support research and innovation under the EU Mission: Restore our Oceans and Waters.

The total indicative budget available is EUR 87.7 million. The deadline for submissions is 20 September 2023. The call covers ten topics.

Project results are expected to contribute to the following outcomes:

  • Enhanced implementation of the Biodiversity Strategy 2030 and the EU Arctic policy;
  • Technological, logistical, social and economic innovations to counteract marine biodiversity loss;
  • Enhanced basin-scale cooperation in the Atlantic and Arctic, including through transition arrangements that create socially and economically sustainable propositions for local stakeholders;
  • Enhanced implementation of the European Green Deal, the EU Adaptation Strategy[1], Marine Strategy framework Directive, the EU Bioeconomy Strategy as well as the Galway Statement, the Belém Statement, the OSPAR Convention[2] in connection with the implementation of EU marine environment, biodiversity and Arctic policies, the EU’s International Ocean Governance Agenda, the Atlantic Action Plan 2.0 with the aim to work for the benefit of all communities of stakeholders around the Atlantic and the Arctic Action Plan enhancing collaborative efforts to address the challenges in the Arctic;
  • Active support to the Mission’s Digital Ocean and Water Knowledge system and knowledge cross-fertilization across EU sea basins;
  • Better informed citizens and decision makers, for a better governance.

More info and applications: You can find all the information required, including the call text and application forms on the Funding and Tenders Portal using the call reference: HORIZON-MISS-2023-OCEAN-01 (

EMFAF Call for Proposals for Scientific Advice on Fisheries
Begins 28/03/2023
Ends 19/09/2023

The European Commission has launched a new call for proposals under the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) with EU co-funding of EUR 2.6 million. The subject of the call is improving scientific knowledge to strengthen the science basis of management decisions under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).


The overall aim of the call is to promote the development and the strengthening of the scientific knowledge needed for fisheries conservation and management measures in support of the CFP. The priorities related to this call are the reinforcement of policy-oriented fisheries science, a better use of the collected scientific data, as well as improved cooperation between scientists and the fisheries sector. The call also focuses on the support to the EU scientific community to develop and maintain the relevant expertise to provide high quality scientific advice on fisheries matters.


How to apply: Applicants have to submit their proposal electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (


EMFAF 2023 Info Day: CINEA is organising a virtual Info Day on the EMFAF call on Fisheries on 21 April 2023 from 10:00 until 12:00 (CEST). Speakers from CINEA and DG MARE will present the application process for the call, providing tips and tricks on how to write a successful proposal. Registration and agenda will be published in the coming days.

Invitations to submit a proposal to the organisations representing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and societal stakeholders in standardisation activities
Begins 07/03/2023
Ends 16/05/2023

his call aims to facilitate and support the participation of experts representing background and interests of SMEs and societal and social stakeholders in the standardisation process, especially in the European context where European standards play a very important role in supporting EU legislations and EU policies.

The following beneficiaries are identified for funding under this invitation to submit a proposal:

  • Small Business Standards (SBS)
  • The European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation (ANEC)
  • The European Environmental Organisation for Standardisation (ECOS)
  • The European Trade Union Confederation (CES ETUC)

The grants will be awarded under the four following topics:

Topic 1. SMP-STAND-2023-3-AG-IBA-SBS – Support to organisations representing SMEs interests in standardisation activities

Topic 2. SMP-STAND-2023-3-OG-IBA-ANEC – Support to organisations representing consumer interests in standardisation activities

Topic 3. SMP-STAND-2023-3-OG-IBA-ECOS – Support to organisations representing environmental interests in standardisation activities

Topic 4. SMP-STAND-2023-3-OG-IBA-ETUC – Support to organisations representing social interests in standardisation activities

Available budget: € 5,774,000


Mar 2030 programmer opens applications for access to 48 million euros
Begins 02/11/2022
Ends 31/01/2023

On October 31, applications were opened for the selection process of local action groups which, under the Mar 2030 programme and in the period 2021-2027, will be responsible for the implementation of Local Development Strategies (EDL) of the Fishing and Aquaculture Communities.

These coastal community development initiatives amount to EUR 48 million. Of this amount, EUR 33.75 million comes from the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFF) and brings together various entities with close links to the social, economic and institutional fabric of each territory.

This call for tenders and selection process is intended for the qualification of partnerships, with the respective recognition of local action groups, the determination of the amounts to be allocated to their operating costs, their territories of operation, as well as the approval of local development strategies, with their financial endowment.

Applications are submitted on electronic media through the Funds Desk in and are open until 31 January 2023.


Mar 2030 Program

The Mar 2030 programme will operationalize the support of the EMAMPA in Portugal, aiming, among other objectives, to promote a more sustainable economy in coastal, island and inland regions, as well as to foster the development of fishing and aquaculture communities.

It should be reported that under the Mar 2020 OP, 12 Local Fisheries Action Groups on the Continent and three in the Autonomous Region of the Azores have been approved, which bring together several fishing communities.

There is already a set of local entities and actors, with accumulated experience in the development and implementation of local development strategies.

The Mar 2030 program aims to continue this relevant work of the various agents of the territory and civil society, strongly committed to sustainable development goals, fostering modernity and technological innovation for their communities.

Call for Pilot Cities – Prepare for the opening of the call in September
Begins 05/09/2022
Ends 04/11/2022
On 5 September 2022, we will be launching a Call for Pilot Cities. The Pilot Cities programme will test and implement innovative approaches to rapid decabornisation over a two-year period. The selection of pilots will cover all thematic areas contributing to climate neutrality to ensure systemic transformation. Selected pilot cities will receive funding and hands-on assistance from the NZC Consortium partners.

Cities interested in this Call for Pilot Cities are encouraged to join the series of webinars organised by NetZeroCities on different aspects related to the call:

  • 27 June 2022: Ambition, approach, application
  • 4 July 2022: Criteria for selection and the selection process
  • 5 September 2022: Technical information session
The “Women in the Blue Economy” call for proposals is now open
Begins 17/05/2022
Ends 22/09/2022

With EUR 2.5 millions, this EMFAF call for proposals aims to increase the participation of women in the different sectors of the blue economy and contribute to a more gender equal society.

Today the European Commission has launched the “Women in the Blue Economy” call for proposals under the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF). With a EUR 2.5 million budget, the call will help increase the participation of women in the different sectors of the blue economy, such as fisheries, aquaculture, shipbuilding, maritime transport, offshore renewable energy, blue bioeconomy, as well as inland and offshore aquaculture. Up to 2 projects are expected to be funded, with an exceptional co-funding of 90%.

The objective is to overcome the existing constraints in all aspects of the maritime sector, in particular recruitment, training, capacity-building, technical cooperation and promotions, so that every person can fully and safely participate in the activities of the sustainable blue economy.

The actions funded under this call will help sustainable blue economy sectors to embrace a deep and structural change to facilitate the inclusion of women in the wider maritime economy, thus contributing to a more gender equal society as a whole.

Applicants have to submit their proposal electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System.

Information: Women in the Blue Economy call for proposals (


Pre-Announcement of 1st Interreg Europe Call now available – Applications between 5 April and 31 May 2022
Begins 05/04/2022
Ends 31/05/2022

A first published version of the Programme manual and terms_of_reference is already available (documents in annex). The Call opens on 5 April and closes on 31 May 2022 at 12:00 (midday).

Financial support for innovative projects in the areas of:

Innovation and research;
Competitiveness in SMEs;
Low Carbon Economy;
Environment and effective use of resources.

Register at #europecooperates on 5 April 2022 to present your ideas for the project and get more information about the call.

For more information consult:

Help Desk – LIFE IP Azores Natura (, or at 2021-2027 Programme | Interreg Europe.

Begins 18/01/2022
Ends 26/04/2022

Information session: 18/01/2022

Deadline: 26/04/2022



call-fiche_life-2021-best_en.pdf (

Online Manual

om_en.pdf (


Objective: To create a small grant facility for projects in the EU’s Outermost Regions (OR) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem restoration and the sustainable use of ecosystem services, including ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation.


Scope: Further unlock the local potential for biodiversity action in the EU ORs and OCTs, and foster the implementation of concrete conservation activities in these areas to protect nature and reverse ecosystem degradation.


Expected Impact: The scheme is expected to have a substantial, concrete and measurable impact in terms of biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, capacity building, awareness raising, etc. Applicants will elaborate on this specific aspect by estimating and describing the potential impacts of the small grants they expect to manage.




Conditions of Admissibility: as described in section 5 of the Call

Boundaries and page layout of the proposal: described in Part B of the Application Form available in the Submission System


Eligible countries: described in section 6 of the Call

Other eligibility conditions: described in section 6 of the Call

Financial and operational capacity and exclusion: described in section 7 of the Call

Evaluation and award:
– Award criteria, scoring and thresholds: described in section 9 of the Call

– Submission and evaluation processes: described in sections 8 and 11 of the Call and the Online Manual

– Indicative evaluation and grant agreement timetable: described in section 4 of the Call


Legal and financial structure of the Grants: described in section 10 of the Call

Call (documents):

call document

Standard application form – call-specific application form is available in the Submission System

Mandatory Annexes to the application form:

Detailed budget table
Participant information
Optional Annexes:

Letters of support
Cofinancing declaration
Other Annexes
LIFE General Model Grant Agreement (MGA v1.0)

LIFE Work Programme 2021-2024

LIFE Regulation 2021/783

EU Financial Regulation 2018/1046

More information: Funding & tenders (

Call for applications for the promotion of EU agri-food products – 2022 campaign is open
Begins 31/01/2022
Ends 21/04/2022

The period for submitting applications for the promotion of EU agri-food products – 2022 campaign is open until 21 April.  For 2022, a total of €185.9 million has been allocated for the promotion of EU agri-food products inside and outside the EU. As in 2021, the 2022 promotion policy work programme focuses on products and farming practices that support the objectives of the European Green Pact, such as EU organic products, fruit and vegetables, sustainable agriculture and animal welfare. The promotion policy will co-finance campaigns in line with the ambitions of the European Green Pact, supporting the objectives of the Dish to Plate Strategy, the European Cancer Plan, the Action Plan for the Development of Organic Farming in the EU and the Commission Communication on the European Citizens’ Initiative “Cage-free”. The campaigns should inform European and global consumers about organic farming, sustainable EU agriculture, and the agri-food sector’s contribution to climate and environmental action. Within the EU, the campaigns will also promote healthy eating and balanced diets by increasing the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables.

FORWARD Thematic Working Group – online sessions
Begins 14/03/2022
Ends 16/03/2022

FORWARD consortium and Synergiles (project partner form Guadeloupe Region) kindly invites you to the set of 5 Online Trainings: Enhancing the participation of the Outermost Regions in European Union  funding with FORWARD Thematic Working Groups subcoordinators’ experience.


Training 1. R&I project for SMEs and University-Private collaboration. March 16, 2022

  • Description of Pillar III of Horizon Europe
  • Expectations of the European Commission
  • Integration of Pillar III into other programs
  • Public-Private Collaboration (subtlety of public research organizations)


Experience from Madeira, with Senior Project Manager Claudio Mantero. Expert in Sustainable Transport and Mobility. European Commission evaluator Expert. FORWARD Subcordinator of TWG5: Climate and Energy Transition


Registration link:

A set of 5 training looks for creating more awareness of the different tools the European Union (EU) provides for promoting the Research and the Innovation ecosystem among the 9 Outermost Regions (Ors). Synergiles, from Guadeloupe Region, and FORWARD project consortium kindly welcome the potential beneficiaries of these trainings: Research and Innovation experts, future project leaders, research organizations, VSEs (very small enterprises) and SMEs (small and medium enterprises).

The trainings will be delivered in French and translated into English. The program for the 5 training is attached.

More information will be shared on the project website:

Begins 26/10/2021
Ends 03/03/2022

Objectives: (i) Support projects that demonstrate highly innovative, sufficiently developed technologies, processes or products with significant potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; (ii) offer financial support tailored to the market needs and risk profiles of eligible projects, while attracting additional public and private resources.


The following activities can be financed:

1. Activities that support innovation in low-carbon technologies and processes in sectors listed in Annex I of the EU ETS Directive, including environmentally safe carbon capture and use (CCU) that contributes substantially to mitigating climate change, as well as products that substitute carbon-intensive ones produced in sectors listed in Annex I of the EU ETS Directive;

2. activities that help stimulate the construction and operation of projects targeting environmentally safe CO2 capture and geological storage (CCS)

3. activities that help stimulate the construction and operation of innovative renewable energy and energy storage technologies.



To be eligible for funding under this call, applicants must be: (i) legal persons; (ii) belong to one of the following categories: private entities, public entities or international organisations; (iii) be directly responsible for the implementation and management of the project, where relevant, together with other applicants, i.e. not acting as an intermediary. The minimum number of applicants is one.


Further information

Launch of the NEB 2022 Awards – Registrations are now open!
Begins 04/02/2022
Ends 28/02/2022


The European Commission has officially launched the second edition of the New European Bauhaus Prizes 2022. Following the success of the first edition, which received over 2,000 entries last year, the 2022 edition will celebrate inspiring new examples of the transformations the initiative wants to bring in our daily lives, living spaces and experiences.

It is therefore a great opportunity for Cohesion Policy-funded projects (completed up to 2 years ago) and ideas for young people (up to 30 years old) who contribute to NEB values, to get well-deserved recognition and win up to 30,000 EUR!

Applications are open until 28 February 2022 at 19:00 CET and can be submitted here:

For any further questions about the prize and the application process, please email

The application guide can be found at the following link: Guia_de_candidatura_PT_0.pdf (

19th edition of the EURegions Week
Begins 11/10/2021
Ends 14/10/2021
The LIFE IP AZORES NATURA project announces the 19th edition of the EURegions Week, the largest annual event in Brussels dedicated to cohesion policy. Between 11 and 14 October, you will have the opportunity to participate in several online workshops with themes related to biodiversity, forests, green transition and many others, with about 300 planned sessions.
This event is included in LIFE IP AZORES NATURA’s complementary funds, being that one of the main goals, and that characterizes the integrated projects (IP), is the necessity to mobilize funds other than LIFE (whether from the European Union, national, regional or private), to finance complementary measures or actions to the project, outside of its own, such as Horizon Europe, Interreg MAC, among others.
For more information and registrations, visit
Horizon Europe – Widening programme Info Day and opportunities
Begins 28/06/2021
Ends 09/07/2021

The Horizon Europe Info Days is running from June 28th to July 9th.

During these info days, available in replay on the HE info days website and on YouTube, the six (6) clusters of the Pillar II are presented.

In addition to Pillar II, we want to highlight the Widening Programme also known as Pillar Four. This pillar offers many opportunities to the Outermost Regions which are eligible for the Widening programme.

The Widening programme will be presented on Friday, July 9th between 9:30 to 18:00 (CEST) with the European Research Area programme. One can cite interesting calls with among others the Twinning, Excellence Hub, and ERA Chair programme.

The ERA Fellowships (HORIZON-WIDERA-2022-TALENTS-02-01) should also be studied, it is a Training and Mobility Actions that allows attracting excellent post-doctoral candidates to widening countries.

The ERA Fellowship is linked to the calls HORIZON-MSCA-2021-PF-01 (opening 22 Jun 2021 and closing 12 Oct 2021).

The application to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021 from a widening country will be automatically resubmitted to ERA Fellowships in case the proposal fails to reach an adequate place in the ranking to be funded.

For more information, you can learn more about the MSCA by watching the full info day.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Call for proposals for the award of framework partnership agreements concerning the designation of the European Topic Centres (2022-2026)
Begins 02/03/2021
Ends 29/04/2021

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is launching seven calls for proposals for the award of framework partnership agreements covering the period from 2022 to 2026 concerning the designation of European Topic Centres on:

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystems,
  • Climate change adaptation and LULUCF,
  • Climate change mitigation,
  • Data integration and digitalisation,
  • Human health and environment,
  • Circular economy and resource use, and
  • Sustainability trends, prospects and responses.

The relevant documentation for every call including deadlines, budget, eligibility, selection and award criteria, and arrangements for Union funding, as well as guidance on how to submit a proposal may be consulted and downloaded from the following website:

The deadline to submit a proposal for any of these calls is 29 April 2021 at 14:00 (UTC + 1).

Blue Growth meeting on Horizon Europe calls 2021 & European Partnerships
Begins 18/03/2021
Ends 24/03/2021

This Blue Growth Working Group meeting will serve to present information about the first Horizon Europe calls related to Blue Growth as well as an update on relevant European Partnerships.

The upcoming Horizon Europe Blue Growth calls and the zero-emission waterborne transport partnership will be presented by Miriam de Angelis, Italian National Contact Point for Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials. Thorsten Kiefer, Executive Director, JPI Oceans secretariat in Brussels, will present the Blue Economy Partnership and the SRIA. Jaap Gebraad, Executive Director, Waterborne Technology Platform, will then present an update on the Zero-emission waterborne-transport partnership.

The draft agenda is here: – Blue Growth WG-HEU calls-EU-partnerships – agenda_1.pdf

The meeting will take place on GoToWebinar from 09:00 CET on Wednesday 24 March, we invite you to register for the meeting here.

More information in:

Accelerator program for innovative startups in energy transition – Entrepreneurs Fund
Begins 29/01/2021
Ends 03/03/2021

Program objective:

It supports innovative startups in low carbon, circular economy and digitalization technologies for the energy industry when they are in a pre-commercial stage to bring their technological solutions to the market. This is an ideal program for startups ready for pilot trials with real customers, or startups that will reach that stage in less than 1-2 years.

10th call for proposals open until March 3.


For more information:

Social Innovation Tournament – 10th edition. Submit your impact solution by 3 March 2021.
Begins 01/02/2021
Ends 03/03/2021

The Social Innovation Tournament recognises and supports the best European social entrepreneurs. It promotes innovative ideas and rewards initiatives that contribute to creating social, ethical or environmental impact. Typically, it covers projects in the areas of education, healthcare, the environment, circular economy, inclusion, job creation, ageing and many more.

To mark the tenth anniversary of the SIT, winning projects in the General Category and Special Category will be awarded a first or second prize of €75 000 and €30 000 respectively, and an Audience Choice Award of €10 000.

In 2021, the Special Category prizes will go to projects focusing on sustainable living. Two projects will be selected to attend INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship programme in Fontainebleau, France.

The prizes are awarded by a jury of specialists from the academic and business worlds. In 2021, the Audience Choice will be awarded by the public, based on their votes.

If you have any questions, please email

More information can  be found at:

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