Proposals should aim to generate new knowledge to develop commercial solutions for improving the socio-economic and environmental sustainability of the seafood production and processing industry, while also contributing to product quality and safety. In order to contribute to EU food safety common standards and legislation for seafood products, actions should:
- Ensure that eco-innovative solutions for the sustainable production and processing of marine and aquaculture-derived food products and nutrients are used more widely
- Improve the competitiveness of the EU seafood sector
- Allow consumers to make better-informed seafood choices
- Increase the availability of heathier, safer and high quality seafood
- Improve the professional skills and competences of those working within the blue economy
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 € 7,000,000 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).
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.