GREEN INNOVATION FOR CLEAN COAST AND SEAS
2020 TOPIC DESCRIPTION
Debris, chemical and microbial pollution and algae jellyfish blooms are huge and increasing problems in the oceans, seas and coasts. For
plastics alone, the economic and ecological cost is considerable when including beach clean-ups, tourism losses, and damages to the fishing and aquaculture industries. In spite of strong legislation such as EU directives, sea and coastal
pollution remains high, and prevention and innovative coast and sea clean-up schemes remain a challenge. Many solutions are available to tackle these sources of pollution, including recycling, waste water treatment, teams of collectors, and specific equipment such as skimmer boats, beach cleaning machines or algae harvesting devices. However, there is a pressing need to develop powerful innovative methods and processes to clean coasts and oceans and to
restore the ecosystems to a healthy and clean state. The foremost challenge is not only to remove litter and pollution, but to transform the collected waste into a resource stream in line with the concept of the circular economy.
The proposals should be for demonstration projects to clean and lay the ground for a healthy ocean or sea and its coasts in any given large geographic area(s), including regional seas or semi-closed sea basins such as the Mediterranean. The demonstration projects should develop and scale-up innovative processes and measures to clean the selected
site  from visible (for example floating plastics or abandoned
fishing gear) and invisible litter (micro-plastics) and
pollutants , involving local communities and actors. Collected waste materials should be adequately processed so as to enable a subsequent usage/ exploitation/ re-usage. The proposals should apply an ecosystem approach, developing forecasting tools and models to identify areas where the proposed intervention is likely to be most effective in ecological and economic terms. Social acceptance and economic impact of the envisaged measures must also be considered and promoted, for example by disseminating the project results to relevant stakeholders.
In line with the objective of the EU Strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation (COM (2012) 497), proposals addressing the
Mediterranean should contribute to implement the Research and Innovation Initiative for Blue Jobs and Growth in the Mediterranean Area (The BLUEMED
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 6 million would allow this challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude the submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
To contribute to the implementation of EU Policies such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and its aim to achieve a good environment status for Europe’s seas and oceans by 2020, proposals are expected to:
Develop innovative technological methods or processes for cleaning coasts and seas and transforming waste into a resource.
Reduce cleaning up/restoration costs through cost-effective solutions, in particular through enhanced resource efficiency.
Increase awareness and acceptance of civil society about the importance of healthy
seas, devoid of litter and pollutants, in civil society.
Progress towards reducing pollution and debris (macro, micro and nano) in regional sea basins and beyond, and towards restoring marine ecosystems.
Improve the professional skills and competences for those working and being trained to work within the
Socio-economic science and humanities - International cooperation
Each site should be substantial in size and include or be adjacent to different activities.
The exact selection of pollutants and litter will depend on the area selected. However, the choice of the area must be such that several sources of pollution are addressed.
The "Research and Innovation Initiative for Blue Jobs and Growth in the Mediterranean Area (The
BLUEMED Initiative)" aims to advance a shared vision of a Mediterranean Sea that is healthy, productive, resilient, understood and valued so as to promote the well-being and prosperity of our citizens and future generations and boost socio
economic growth and jobs. It was jointly developed by
Portugal, Slovenia and
Spain and presented by the Italian Presidency during the Competitiveness Council of 04-05 December 2014. In March 2015, a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda was developed.
CONDITIONS and DOCUMENTS
read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your
List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described
A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not
automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making
funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the
links to Australia,
Kong & Macau, India,
of Korea, Mexico,
Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part
B and C
of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme
Proposal page limits and layout:
Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
3.1 Evaluation criteria and
procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part
H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme
3.2 Submission and evaluation
to the submission and evaluation process
Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation:
maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for
Information on the outcome of two-stage evaluation:
For stage 1: maximum 3 months from the deadline
For stage 2: maximum 5 months from the deadline
of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.
Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of
action(s) under this topic:
provisions and funding rates
General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
2020 budget flexibility
readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these
support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial
support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.
access must be granted to all scientific publications
resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.
relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants
will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project,
such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and
how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and
re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.
access to research data
Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all
Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or
later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open
access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out
under the conditions described in annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can
opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.
Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably
because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for
Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results
presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to
make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a
Data Management Plan.
Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out
of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be
provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should
be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides
guidance documents, including a template for DMPs.
Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are
eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.
The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article
29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.
Further information on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available in the H2020
Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction
Work Programme 2016-17: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry,
marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy
Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes
basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme
BENGAL - BERING
CH - GOC
GUINEA - GULF
MEXICO - INDIAN
SEA - PACIFIC
GULF - SEA
JAPAN - STH
CHINA - PLASTIC
OCEANS - SEA
LEVEL RISE - UNCLOS
- CONGO - CUYAHOGA - GANGES
- IRTYSH - JORDAN
- LENA - MANTANZA-RIACHUELO
- MEKONG - MISSISSIPPI - NIGER - NILE - PARANA - PASIG - SARNO - THAMES
- YANGTZE - YAMUNA - YELLOW