Blue Growth

 Cameron Venti, Unsplash
Cameron Venti, Unsplash

Blue Growth is the long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole. Seas and oceans are drivers for the European economy and have great potential for innovation and growth.

Healthy oceans, coastal areas, rivers and lakes are essential to European life, socities and economies. Support for the marine and maritime sectors is, thus, an important part of the Business Development Programme.

While the Blue Economy presents us with a plethora of opportunities, the marine and maritine economy is also facing a number of challenges. This includes, among others, pollution from e.g. plastic waste and transport; unsustainable management of waters and aquatic resources including overfishing; and lack of investments in new technology. The aim of the Blue Growth focus area is to address this, and ensure that our oceans, rivers and lakes are safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed, while remaining an important part of our economies.

The Blue Growth focus area seeks to promote this by supporting projects which will contribute to:

  • Blue technologies/processes/solutions developed (new to the market)
  • Blue technologies/processes/solutions applied (new to the enterprise)

Typical activities which are supported, to mention only some, are:

Development and investment in:

  • maritime supra-structures
  • coastal and maritime tourism
  • sea bed mining resources
  • blue biotechnology

Development of solutions related to:

  • maritime transport
  • blue energy 

Development of innovative solutions/technologies within:

  • fisheries and aquaculture 
  • marine litter and waste 
  • water supply, including desalination. 


Are you interested in learning more about the funding opportunities provided to Blue Growth? Have a look at our section for Call for Proposals to see if any open calls can be of relevance for you.