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Clustering and Synergies

The general aim to be achieved with this contract is to set up and develop a process for evaluating and clustering EMFF financed projects from 2016 onwards.

The service contract will manage and animate a platform for structured exchange of information, mutual learning, greater visibility and cross-fertilisation between projects funded under EMFF.

This will have as main results:

  1. a better understanding of factors that positively influence the success of projects supported by the EMFF direct management, as well as of bottlenecks (in order to inform and improve future processes for programming actions to be funded under EMFF through direct management).
  2. mutual learning to enable projects to take advantage of insights and practices from other projects, including relevant similar projects funded by other EU funding instruments (i.e. Horizon 2020, LIFE etc.);
  3. an increased visibility of EMFF projects.

A coherence panel’s outlook on EMFF projects will complement the workshops that are planned under the networking, evaluation clustering by analysing their coherence with other EU funded programmes.

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Workshop on Offshore Renewable Energy

The workshop will present success stories, information and funding options for project coordinators to consider with the objective of establishing synergies and stimulate potential cooperation in the field of offshore renewable energy.

Last update: 27/07/22

Cluster story: Digitalisation

Researchers and entrepreneurs increasingly exploit digital technologies to monitor the ocean, create new business models and, naturally, safeguard the marine environment. The trend is well reflected in recently introduced EMFF-funded projects

Last update: 20/07/22

Cluster story: Ocean Health and Observation

A healthy ocean is a fundamental prerequisite for a thriving blue economy. Data and observation are of the essence to achieve and maintain good environmental status. The EMFF has funded several projects addressing environmental concerns such as marine litter, oil spills, chemical pollution, etc.

Last update: 18/05/22

Cluster story: Maritime Transport

It is estimated that over 80% of the volume of international trade in goods is carried by sea. Maritime transport is the backbone of todays' global economy and also happens to be the most efficient transport mode in terms of emissions per tonne/km. Can the greenest transport mode become even greener?

Last update: 21/04/22

Cluster story: Blue Careers & Skills

The blue economy is going to need a large pool of highly qualified and skilled professionals. Yet today, many blue economy sectors have difficulties finding the right people, which hampers their growth. Blue careers projects target concrete actions to close the skills gap, tackle unemployment and raise the attractiveness of blue careers among students and young professionals.

Last update: 18/03/22

Cluster story: Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Heritage

With an annual revenue of nearly €231 billion and more than 2.8 million people, coastal tourism is the largest blue economy sector. In addition to being an engine for economic growth, coastal tourism has the potential to promote a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe

Last update: 15/03/22

Cluster story: Fishing and aquaculture

Fishing and aquaculture are a major source of food, as well as important activities for local communities. The EMFF has funded cutting-edge projects focusing on research and innovation as the keys to securing a stable supply of seafood and preserving the marine ecosystem.

Last update: 08/02/22

Cluster story: Algae and blue bioeconomy

Algae are critical to our existence. They produce roughly 50% of oxygen on earth, thus contributing to ocean and coastal productivity, as well as to food security.

Last update: 25/01/22

Kick-off meeting with project beneficiaries - Outputs

A kick-off meeting with beneficiaries of EMFF-funded projects took place on 7 December 2021. The meeting was attended by 40 people

Last update: 18/01/22

Cluster Stories: Renewable Energy

Decarbonising our energy system calls for reducing our dependency on fossil fuels, increasing our energy efficiency and developing a power sector based largely on renewable resources. Oceans covers approximately 70.8% of the Earth’s surface harbours largely untapped sources of clean energy that can be exploited by a number of different technologies.

Last update: 17/12/21