Open – 2025

Second call of the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership – Unified Paths to a Climate-Neutral, Sustainable, and Resilient Blue Economy: Engaging Civil Society, Academia, Policy, and Industry

Funding Organisations from 26 countries all over Europe and beyond are pleased to announce a Joint Transnational Call for research and innovation projects entitled “Unified Paths to a Climate-Neutral, Sustainable, and Resilient Blue Economy: Engaging Civil Society, Academia, Policy, and Industry”.

The vision of the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership, a European partnership under the Horizon Europe Programme, is to design, steer and support a just and inclusive transition to a regenerative, resilient, and sustainable blue economy. This EU Partnership aims to boost the transformation needed towards a climate-neutral, sustainable, productive, and competitive blue economy by 2030 while creating and supporting the conditions for a sustainable ocean for the people by 2050.

Research and innovation proposals submitted under the SBEP 2024 Joint Transnational Call are required to address one of the following topics:

  1. Digital Twins of the Oceans at regional sub basin scale
  2. Blue economy sectors, development of marine multi-use infrastructures
  3. Planning and managing sea-uses at the regional level
  4. Blue Bioresources

The budget to implement the Joint Transnational Call for research and innovation projects is about 40 M€, including the contribution of the European Commission. The countries participating to the call are: 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.

This call is co-branded as part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, which is coordinated by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) on behalf of the UN system, with the aim that the funded research and innovation projects are endorsed as Ocean Decade projects.

Please consult the Call Announcement and its Annexes including the national/regional regulations on the SBEP website.

Opening : 2024-02-08 at 10:00 CET
Deadline for pre-proposals submission : 2024-04-10 at 15:00 CEST
Deadline for full proposals submission : 2024-11-06 at 15:00 CET

Partner Tool

Looking for a partner or a project to join?

Use the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership (SBEP) Partner Search Tool

In addition to the partner tool, the Joint Call Secretariat organises a brokerage event on the matchmaking platform

To help you finding a project to join, or partners for your project, you can register to the event, create your profile, and then you will have the possibility to set up 20 minutes meetings with other participants during the matchmaking sessions of the event.

Ten sessions of two hours will be organised from Monday 26th of February to Friday 8th of March. Sessions are scheduled between 10am  and 12am or 2pm and 4pm CET.

Informative Webinar

A general and informative webinar dedicated to the international researchers’ community and presented in English was organised on the 15 of February to answer your questions regarding the call.

Download the slides

Point de contact ANR : (Coraline Chapperon)

For technical question regarding the EPSS, please contact the Sustainable Blue EPSS technical help: epss.sbep(at)



Consult the upcoming and current calls of the portal

The portal centralises all information on calls for proposals and calls for applications from ADEME, ANR, Inserm including ANRS, Anses and INCa. It provides a simplified access to upcoming and ongoing calls, giving a greater visibility to funding opportunities. Following their closing date, the calls remain published for a few months.


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