Funding Opportunities for Marine Projects

by Ana Rita Ferreira | Oceanographer and Project Manager

Horizon 2020 (EU)

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
Research & Innovation action | Innovation Action- At least three legal entities. Each of the three shall be established in a different Member State or associated country. All three legal entities shall be independent of each other.
Coordination & support action- At least one legal entity established in a Member State or associated country.
SME instrument- At least one SME. Only applications from for-profit SMEs established in EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020.

Blue Growth

AREA 1- Sustainably exploiting the diversity of marine life:

BG-1–2015-Atlantic marine ecosystems
Research & Innovation action

AREA 2- The new offshore challenge:

AREA 3- Ocean observation systems and technologies:

Societal Challenges

AREA 4- (Transport) Mobility for Growth transport (MG):

AREA 5- Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials:

SC5-11c-2015-Deep mining on continent and in sea-bed
Research and innovation actions

LEIT -Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing

AREA - Biotechnology-based industrial processes driving competitiveness and sustainability:

AREA - Innovative and competitive platform technologies:

BIOTEC-6–2015-Metagenomics as innovation driver
Research and Innovation Actions


The LIFE +(2014-2020) programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value.
Provisional launch of the call: 16 June 2014.