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25 November 2019
Brussels, Belgium
EASME EMFF Information Day


25 November 2019 / Brussels, Belgium


This Infoday will present funding opportunities available for SMEs under the new EMFF "Blue Economy Window" call for proposals with a budget of over 22M€. The call for proposals has been published on 21 November 2019 with a deadline for applications on 27 February 2020. See the EMFF Blue Economy Window call : link.

It will give you the opportunity to hear about the eligible conditions for funding as well as all details needed to prepare a successful proposal. You will also have the opportunity to hear from other EU funding schemes and programmes that can help your SMEs grow its business.

Finally a matchmaking session will be available for you to meet the best partners ! Come along, we are waiting for you!

Europe’s blue economy plays a crucial role in supporting coastal communities and in decarbonising our economy. This call for proposals aims to accelerate the sustainable development of the blue economy across the European Union.

The Commission's first economic reports on the blue economy in 2018 and 2019 shows that innovative and emerging maritime sectors, such as the blue bio-economy, and other sustainably managed ones, have a growth potential that can out-perform traditionally managed sectors and create new business opportunities and maritime jobs. However, a study to support investment in the blue economy conducted by the Commission shows that there are considerable funding gaps in scaling up promising projects from pilot to demonstration phase and to help Blue Economy SMEs and start-ups achieve the ‘next stage’ of business growth...

Therefore, grants supported under the Blue Economy Window call for proposals 2019 will address the challenge of developing and bringing to market new products, services, and business models that could ultimately create profitable activities. They will support projects that accelerate innovation in the blue economy, demonstrate high potential in terms of company competitiveness and growth underpinned by a strategic business plan and which aim to create and maintain high quality jobs in the blue economy. Projects need to involve in particular the sustainable use of marine resources for innovative and/or circular economic activities and contribute to healthy oceans and Europe’s ‘Green Deal’. They could include testing, deploying, demonstrating, or scaling-up new solutions for the blue economy including technologies, service applications."

This will be part of a new comprehensive service package offered by the ‘BlueInvest platform’ that supports investment readiness and access to finance for early-stage businesses, SMEs and scale-ups in the blue economy.

Hence the branding of the grants as ‘BlueInvest Grants’. For more info on the platform services: http://www.blue-invest.eu


Organisers aim to keep, to the best level possible, equilibrium between applicants from different countries and organisations by screening registration requests before accepting them. 

Organisers reserve the right to refuse registrations if there are too many participants from the same organisation/institution. Priority will be given to those who register early.

Only one e-mail address per participant can be registered in the system. You are free to choose the sessions you are interested in and design your own programme.


Closed since 18 November 2019
Centre Albert Borschette, rue Froissart 36
Brussels, Belgium
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Participants 137
Meetings 99
Belgium 71
Colombia 1
Côte d'Ivoire 1
Cyprus 3
Denmark 3
Finland 2
France 19
Georgia 1
Germany 4
Greece 9
Ireland 6
Italy 15
Latvia 1
Malta 2
Netherlands 6
Norway 2
Poland 1
Portugal 3
Spain 27
Sweden 2
Switzerland 2
Turkey 1
Ukraine 2
United Kingdom 7
Total 191
Industry/Technology Provider 14
Association/NGO/Federation/Cooperative 34
Public Authority/Regulator 19
Research Organisation/University 11
Service Provider/Consultant 42
EU Institutions 24
SME 41
Total 185