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Advancing basic biological knowledge & improving management tools for commercially important fish & other seafood species

Available Funding:
€ 5.000.000

This action aims at improving fisheries management under the Common Fisheries Policy, including outside of EU waters.

Actions should:

  • Increase the knowledge base to more efficiently manage fish stocks of interest to the EU
  • Increase the long-term profitability of the EU fleet as well as increase the number of jobs in the fishing sector
  • Improve market supply and food security in Europe through sustainable supply of seafood from all areas in which EU vessels operate
  • Adjust fishing exploitation to levels ensuring sustainable yield
  • Improve skills and competences of people working within the blue economy
Eligible Applicants:

Applicants must consist of at least three legal entities, each of which must be established in a different EU Member State or Horizon 2020 associated country. All three legal entities must be independent of each other.

This call for proposal is open to actions primarily consisting of activities aiming to establish new knowledge and/or to explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution. For this purpose they may include basic and applied research, technology development and integration, testing and validation on a small-scale prototype in a laboratory or simulated environment.

Projects may contain closely connected but limited demonstration or pilot activities aiming to show technical feasibility in a near to operational environment.

Project Length:

The call opens 04/10/2016 and the deadline for submitting applications is 14/02/2017. Participants will be informed on the outcome of the first evaluation three months after the deadline for submission.

The second stage deadline is 13/09/2017 and information on the second evaluation will follow maximum five months from the deadline for submission. The grant agreement will be signed eight months from the deadline for submission. 

Further Financing Information:

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution of up to € 5,000,000 would allow this challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude the submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

The funding rate for this call for proposal is 100%.

Projects funded under this topic will by default participate in the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020, with the option to opt-out.

For more Information:

More information regarding the call for proposal can be found in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017.

For more specific information on the eligibility and admissibility conditions see part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.