Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership’s second joint transnational call (SBEP)

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

SBEP is launching its second call “Unified paths to a climate-neutral, sustainable, and resilient blue economy: engaging civil society, academia, policy, and industry”.

This second co-funded call pools national and regional financial resources through the participation of 38 funding organisations from 26 countries (20 Member-States, 5 Associated Countries and 1 Third Country are participating: 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) responsible for funding research and innovation actions in the blue economy, with financial support from the European Commission.

The total budget is about 40 million Euros.

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

  1. Digital Twins of the Ocean 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 (BELSPO does not fund the Blue Bioresources part of the call)

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 500 000 EURO.

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. 


The deadline for the submission of the pre-proposal is
10/04/2024, 15:00 CET.
Submission of pre-proposals is mandatory.
The deadline for full proposal submission is 06/11/2024, 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