The Blue Economy Call was issued in Brussels on November 22, 2018. The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) of the European Commission is calling stakeholders of the maritime sector to submit their projects for the European funding program. The EMFF is providing a total of 18.7 million euros. Professor Uwe Freiherr von Lukas, Fraunhofer IGD site manager in Rostock, was on the panel as an independent consultant.
Blue Economy – sustainable solutions for our blue planet
At the start of the event, the project partners of the past call showed how the world’s oceans can be commercially exploited in line with the necessary ecological prudence. The guiding principle of the Blue Economy – the conservation of a natural ecosystem through sustainable use of resources and recycling of so-called "waste" – has since assumed innovative forms: accordingly, seaweed can be used as a plastic substitute for packaging foods, a valuable raw material can be obtained from waste by extracting preservatives, small autonomous ROVs are combing the bottom of the Mediterranean in search of archaeological relics.
Prof. Freiherr von Lukas, who thanks to his many years of work in Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft maritime research projects possesses extensive knowledge of technology transfer, was invited as an independent expert by the European Commission. In addition to suggestions for improvements in the coming funding period, he was also able to discover invaluable synergies for his latest large-scale project: "Our activities at the Ocean Technology Center in Rostock are yielding good starting points for networking on a European level and for jointly profiting from the know-how in Europe's Blue Labs."
Projects from the three areas Blue Labs, Blue Careers and Blue Economy may qualify for a grant. Applications may be submitted until January 31, 2019.