Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership’s first joint transnational call

The Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) is one of the Belgian partners in the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership (SBEP) .

SBEP is launching its first call “The way forward: a thriving sustainable blue economy for a brighter future”.

This first co-funded call pools national and regional financial resources through the participation of 36 funding organisations from 23 countries (19 Member-States: Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, and 4 Associated Countries: Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, Turkey) responsible for funding research and innovation actions in the blue economy, with financial support from the European Commission.

The total budget is about 50 million Euros.

This first co-funded call aims to support transnational research and innovation projects (36 months) addressing one of the five priority areas below:

  1. Planning and managing sea-uses at the regional level
  2. Development of offshore marine multi-use infrastructures to support the blue economy
  3. Climate-neutral, environmentally sustainable, and resource-efficient blue food and feed
  4. Green transition of Blue Food production
  5. Digital Twins of the Ocean (DTOs) test use cases at EU sea-basins and the Atlantic Ocean

More information (call text, forms, online submission platform, ...) is available on the following website:

Belgian partners requesting BELSPO funding needs to follow the BELSPO directives included in the call document. BELSPO has foreseen a budget of 1.000.000 EURO.


The deadline for the submission of the pre-proposal is
14/04/2023, 15.00 CET.
Submission of pre-proposals is mandatory. The deadline for full proposal submission is
13/09/2023, 15.00 CET
using the online tool on the website:

Contact Persons

Koen Lefever
Belgian Science Policy
Tel : +32 (0)2 238 35 51

David Cox
Belgian Science Policy
Tel: +32 (0)2 238 34 03