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International Cooperation


The BlueBioeconomy Cofund is the result of a collaboration between JPI Oceans and the former ERA-NET COFASP and ERA MBT and consists of 26 partners from 16 countries, with the following mission:

  • Using biotechnology and ICT to develop smart, efficient, traceable food systems and create synergies between aquaculture and fisheries (genetic assessment and digitalisation);
  • Unlock the potential of microbiomes to support growth in aquaculture, fisheries, and food processing and biotechnology
  • Apply the latest developments in ICT (IoT, machine learning, big data) to the Blue Bioeconomy
  • Developing innovative uses of underutilized and waste material from fisheries and aquaculture to achieve zero waste;

The main objective of the BlueBio COFUND is to establish a coordinated R&D funding scheme that will strengthen Europe’s position in the blue bioeconomy. The first co-funded call will launch 17 December 2018. The COFUND partners have committed EUR 23,5 million, which will make up a maximum total budget of EUR 30 million including up to EUR 6.5 million co-funding from the European Commission.


Marta Norton
Tel: (+351) 213 911565

FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126
1249 – 074 Lisboa

BlueBioeconomy ERA-NET COFUND website

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Open call for pre-proposals

ERA-NET COFUND BlueBio | 17 December 2018 From biomass |to products | to markets |to consumers

FCT participates in the first cofunded blue bioeconomy transnational 1st Call supported by 16 countries with a total budget of 29,25 million Euro.

Projects are expected to explore innovative, yet sustainable and climate-friendly utilization of aquatic biomass at different trophic levels, as well as sustainable harvesting, and novel aquaculture production systems targeting a range of existing or new markets.

The aim is to create, test, upscale and bring to the market new knowledge-intensive products and services derived from a diversity of aquatic biomass from either marine or freshwater origin.

Projects may also seek synergies with land-based production. Projects should describe which part of the value chain being focused and give an indication of the technology readiness level (TRL) before and after the project.

Priority areas:

  1. Priority area 1: Exploring new resources
  2. Priority area 2: Exploring improvements in fisheries and aquaculture
  3. Priority area 3: Exploring synergies across sectors
  4. Priority area 4: Exploring Biotechnology and ICT

Elegibility and National Regulations

  • National proposals can address all topics funded under this call
  • Research project are expected to start early 2020 and have a maximum duration of 36 months
  • Proposals need to involve eligible research partners from at least three participating countries.
  • Applicants should make sure they comply with national regulations and therefore they should consult Annex II of the call text and contact the representative at FCT
  • Each Portuguese institution must sign and stamp a Declaration of Commitment available here A scanned copy of the “Declaration of Commitment”, in accordance with the template provided above, must be sent, by e-mail, to the FCT’s contact person no later than 10 working days after the pre-proposal submission deadline. FCT may request the original document at a later date.


The national funding commitment is 200.000€ with a maximum funding of 100.000 € per project

Participating Countries

Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden.

Call Calendar

  • Launch December 17, 2018
  • Pre-proposals deadline, March 18, 2019, 15:00 CET
  • Invitation to submit a full proposal, June 2019
  • Full proposals deadline, September 17, 2019, 13:00 CEST
  • Evaluation and Funding decision, December 2019
  • Start of Projects, January 2020


Marta Norton
Tel: (351) 213 911 565
FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126
1249 – 074 Lisboa