Bringing the Ocean to Society
26 Jul 2018
EU funding opportunities for the Blue Economy 2014-2020
An ocean of opportunities waiting for you, your organisation and your network.

Our seas and oceans are drivers for the economy and have great potential for innovation and growth. In the European Union, the Blue Economy is expected to grow faster than the economy as a whole, making it an important area for future investment.

To support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole, the European Commission announced its long-term ‘Blue Growth’ strategy in 2012. Initiatives have since been launched in many policy areas related to Europe’s oceans and coasts, identifying welfare and economic opportunities in areas such as renewable energy, aquaculture, tourism and blue biotechnologies.

To accompany the Blue Growth strategy, the European Commission made available several funding opportunities for Blue Economy projects through a number of programmes and instruments. These funding streams can be mixed and matched, and are often complementary, which helps to create opportunities for businesses across borders and sectors.

This brochure presents an overview of existing funds, programmes and instruments (2014-2020) that aim to support growth and innovation in the Blue Economy. It also features some illustrative examples of how resources have supported projects and initiatives in the EU.