Open Call with SSH opportunities on Unified paths to a climate-neutral, sustainable, and resilient blue economy

Published on: 26/02/2024

Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership (SBEP) launched a call on "Unified paths to a climate-neutral, sustainable, and resilient blue economy: engaging civil society, academia, policy, and industry" with deadline for pre-proposals on 10 April 2024, 15:00 CET.


Deadline for pre-proposal submission: 10 Apr 2024, 15.00 (CET)

Deadline for full proposal submission: 6 Nov 2024, 15:00 (CET)


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Short Call Abstract:

This 2024 joint call aims to provide actionable routes and concrete steps to approach the range of challenges, tensions, and opportunities that the Blue Economy is facing.

Four priority areas have been identified under this call:

Priority area 1: Digital Twins of the Ocean (DTO) at regional sub-basin scale

The objective of DTOs is to build realistic digital representations which include the main processes of the targeted marine ecosystems. By combining mechanistic modelling approaches and data-driven models (hybrid models), DTO applications will allow users to build scenarios of the effects of natural processes and anthropogenic activities on the marine environment and blue economy activities

Priority area 2: Blue economy sectors, development of marine multi-use infrastructures

The objective of this priority area is to boost technological innovations covering the entire blue economy sector in agreement with a green and digital transition.

The projects should also include regulatory and legal aspects, economic and social aspects with social acceptance of the developments for existing and emerging sectors, socio-economic considerations for a just transition, and broad and inclusive approaches.

Priority area 3: Planning and managing sea-uses at the regional level

The overarching goal of this priority area is to support science-based international decisions that consider environmental status, the legacy of human impacts, climate change trends, the development of the blue economy and future scenarios, considering multitude of pressures from the uses of marine space and marine resources.

Priority area 4: Blue Bioresources

This area targets sustainable management of ocean resources to produce environmentally sustainable, high-quality, resilient, and climate-neutral seafood and feed and innovative marine bio-based products. It will be focused on a just transition to the sustainable production and utilisation of blue bioresources.

Multi/trans-disciplinary approaches will be requested to address complex challenges, including social sciences and humanities and cooperation with the industry and relevant stakeholder, including citizen and consumers behaviour.


SSH aspects (keywords/disciplines):

Economics, Sociology, Law


Specific participation requirements (optional):

  • The proposals are expected to consider a minimum of two European sea basins and to assess the project proposal impact on various basins.
  • Partners from the same country cannot request more than 60% of the total funding requested by a proposal.
  • The projects must be 36 months;

For more information check the call text.



Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Tunisia, and Türkiye.