Horizon 2020


Future Projects


We are primarily interested in the following calls, however we would be more than happy to discuss other ideas:

BBI.2017.D2 Integrated multi-valorisation of algae into advanced materials and high added-value additives
BBI.2017.R4 Proteins and other bioactive ingredients from side streams and residues
BBI.2017.R6 Competitive biodegradable, compostable and/or recyclable bio-based plastics for a sustainable end-of-life phase
SFS - 20 - [2017] Towards a science-based regionalisation of the Common Fisheries Policy
SFS - 21 - [2016 - 2017] Advancing basic biological knowledge and improving management tools for commercially important fish and other seafood species
SFS - 22 - [2017] Smart fisheries technologies for an efficient, compliant and environmentally friendly fishing sector
SFS - 30 - [2017] Closing loops at farm and regional levels to mitigate GHG emissions and environmental contamination - focus on carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling in agro-ecosystems
SFS - 32 - [2017] Promoting and supporting the eco-intensification of aquaculture production systems: inland (including fresh water), coastal zone, and offshore
SFS - 47 - [2017] Management of soil water resources in the EU and China and its impact on agro-ecosystem functions
BG - 4 - [2017] Multi-use of the oceans marine space, offshore and near-shore: Enabling technologies
BG - 6 - [2017] Interaction between people, oceans and seas: a strategic approach towards healthcare and well-being
BG - 7 - [2017] Blue green innovation for clean coasts and seas
BG - 8 - [2017] Innovative sustainable solutions for improving the safety and dietary properties of seafood
BBI1 - 2016 - R09 - [2016] Exploiting algae and other aquatic biomass for production of molecules for pharma, nutraceuticals, food additives and cosmetic applications
EASME/EMFF/2016/ Blue Technology - transfer of innovative solutions to sea basin economies


If you are interested in the above topics or have ideas for other projects in the fields of aquaculture, fisheries and the aquatic environment, please get in touch with us.



MARIBE (Marine Investment for the Blue Economy) is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to unlock the potential of multi-use of space in the offshore economy (also referred to as Blue Economy**). This forms part of the long-term Blue Growth* strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole; something which is at the heart of the the Integrated Maritime Policy, the EU Innovation Union, and the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable growth. MARIBE links and cross-cuts with the Transatlantic Ocean Research Alliance and the Galway Statement by reviewing the three European basins (Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Baltic) as well as the Caribbean Basin.


The project is an 18 month project that is funded by the European Commission and is led by a consortium of 11 partners from Ireland, United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Malta and the Netherlands. It is coordinated by University College Cork (MaREI).


Business models will first be mapped according to best practice methodology, cognisant of their value chains. The technical and non-technical challenges of the business will be measured based on their life cycle stage and proposals made for their mitigation. Key stakeholders from all sectors of Blue Economy to BG will be engaged, as well as key investors.


Outcome from the project will include toolkits and guidelines for stakeholders and investment community with regards to the BG socio-economic trends and technical and non-technical challenges as well as reports on best business models for BG.


*Blue Growth is the long term strategy to support sustainable growth within the Blue Economy incorporating life-cycle assessment.  It encompasses technologies that have high growth and job potential and by their nature they are early stage and novel.


**The Blue Economy incorporates technologies that are mature or post-mature stage such as oil & gas, tourism, shipping and fishing. 


Project reference: 652629

Status: In progress

Total cost: EUR 1 977 250

EU contribution: EUR 1 977 250

Programme acronym: H2020-BG-2014-1

Subprogramme area: BG-05-2014 - Preparing for the future innovative offshore economy

Contract type: CSA - Coordination & support action

Website: www.maribe.eu

More info: 
 MARIBE Brochure

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Aquaculture is one of five sectors in the EU's Blue Growth Strategy, aimed at harnessing untapped potential for food production and jobs whilst focusing on environmental sustainability. TAPAS addresses this challenge by supporting member states to establish a coherent and efficient regulatory framework aimed at sustainable growth. TAPAS (Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability Aquaculture ) will use a requirements analysis to evaluate existing regulatory and licensing frameworks across the EU, taking account of the range of production environments and specificities and emerging approaches such as offshore technologies, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture, and integration with other sectors.


We will propose new, flexible approaches to open methods of coordination, working to unified, common standards. TAPAS will also evaluate existing tools for economic assessment of aquaculture sustainability affecting sectoral growth. TAPAS will critically evaluate the capabilities and verification level of existing ecosystem planning tools and will develop new approaches for evaluation of carrying capacities, environmental impact and future risk. TAPAS will improve existing and develop new models for far- and near-field environmental assessment providing better monitoring, observation, forecasting and early warning technologies.


The innovative methodologies and components emerging from TAPAS will be integrated in an Aquaculture Sustainability Toolbox complemented by a decision support system to support the development and implementation of coastal and marine spatial planning enabling less costly, more transparent and more efficient licensing. TAPAS partners will collaborate with key industry regulators and certifiers through case studies to ensure the acceptability and utility of project approach and outcomes. Training, dissemination and outreach activities will specifically target improvement of the image of European aquaculture and uptake of outputs by regulators, while promoting an integrated sustainable strategy for development.


Project reference: 678396

Status: Execution

Total cost: EUR 6 918 512.5

EU contribution: EUR 6 918 512.5

Programme acronym: H2020-EU.3.2.

Subprogramme area: H2020-SFS-2015-2

Website : tapas-h2020.eu

More info: 
 TAPAS Brochure

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VicInAqua will follow an integrated approach in order to develop a sustainable combined sanitation and recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) for wastewater treatment and reuse in agriculture in the Victoria Lake Basin area. In this decentralized integrated treatment system wastewater from households and fish processing industry as well as RAS production water will radically reduce stress on the sensitive ecosystems of the Lake Victoria and will contribute to food and health security. It will be operated fully autonomous powered by renewable energies (PV, biogas). The RAS will particularly produce high quality fingerlings of the local fish species to supply the pond aquaculture of the area with stocking material.


The innovative core idea of the project is to develop and test new technologies which enable the integration of sanitation with the aquaculture in a sustainable manner. The core of the project concept is to develop and test a novel self-cleaning water filters which consist of a highly efficient particle filter as well as a membrane bioreactor (MBR) as principal treatment unit within a combined treatment system where the nutrient rich effluent water will be used for agricultural irrigation. the surplus sludge from both filter systems will be co-digested with agricultural waste and local water hyacinth to produce biogas. The overall concept will promote sound approaches to water management for agriculture, taking into consideration broader socio-economic factors and also fomenting job creation and greater gender balance in decision-making. The pursued approach will be perfectly in line with the strategic guidelines of the Rio+20 and the post-2015 development framework.


Project reference: 689427

Status: In progress

Total cost: EUR 2 997 710

EU contribution: EUR 2 997 710

Programme acronym: H2020-EU.3.5.4.

Subprogramme area: WATER-5c-2015

Website : vicinaqua.eu

E-mail: jan.hoinkis@hs-karlsruhe.de

More info: 
 ViCinAqua Brochure

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DownScaling CLImate imPACTs and decarbonisation pathways in EU islands, and enhancing socioeconomic and non-market evaluation of Climate Change for Europe, for 2050 and beyond.




The project aims at modelling and assessing downscaled Climate Change impacts and low carbon transition pathways in European islands and archipelagos for 2030-2100, complementing current available projections for Europe, and nourishing actual economic models with non-market assessment. The project will develop a thorough understanding on how Climate Change will impact the EU islands located in different regions (Cyprus and Malta; Baltic Islands, Balearic Islands, Sicilia, Sardinia, Corsica, Crete, Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands and French West Indies) by:


• Contributing to the improvement of the economic valuation of climate impacts and related policies for the EU´s Blue Economy sectors, by adopting revealed and stated preference methods. • Increasing the effectiveness of the economic modelling of climate impact chains, through the implementation of an integrated methodological framework (GINFORS, GEM-E3 and non-market indicators), in the analysis of climate-induced socioeconomic impacts in 11 EU islands case studies, under different climate scenarios. • Facilitating climate-related policy decision making for Blue Growth, by ranking and mapping the more appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies. • Delivering downscaled and accurate information to policy makers, practitioners and other relevant stakeholders, about the environmental and socio-economic consequences of global Climate Change in the EU Blue Economy.


By developing a work programme corresponding to the above objectives, SOCLIMPACT aims at allowing decision makers from all Small Island Member States and other EU islands and Outermost Regions to get a sound knowledge about the possible climate induced impact chains and a comprehensive evidence-based framework for research and policy. By using EU islands as living labs with a high replicability potential, SOCLIMPACT will provide stronger methodologies to better measure and asses the associated costs, benefits and risks of global Climate Change in other EU coastal regions.


AquaBioTech is the sector lead for the Aquaculture Blue Growth sector and the Island Focal Point for the Maltese Islands.


Project reference: 776661

Status: Execution

Total cost: EUR 4 481 340

EU contribution: EUR 4 481 340

Programme acronym: H2020-EU.3.5.1

Subprogramme area: H2020-SC5-06-2017

Website: soclimpact.org