This call for proposals aims at finding demonstration projects to clean and lay the ground for a healthy ocean or sea and its coasts in any given large geographic area(s), including regional seas or semi-closed sea basins such as the Mediterranean. A main challenge to tackle is the transformation of collected waste into a resource stream in line with the concept of the circular economy. Proposals should:
- Develop innovative technological methods or processes for cleaning coasts and seas
- Reduce cleaning up costs through enhanced resource efficiency
- Increase awareness and acceptance of civil society about the importance of health oceans
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 directly aiming at producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services. For this purpose they may include prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and market replication.
The call opens 04/10/2016 and the deadline for submission is 14/02/2017. Participants will be informed on the outcome of the evaluation maximum five months after the deadline and the grant agreement will be singed eight months after the submission.
According to the call for proposal, it is estimated that proposals requesting a contribution of up to € 6,000,000 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 70% (except for non-profit legal entities, where a rate of 100% applies).