The Project

Main Objectives

The BLUEMED project is a Coordination and Support Action, funded by the European Commission within the H2020 framework programme with 3 M€, aimed at supporting the implementation of the BLUEMED Initiative as a key policy reference for all actors of Blue Growth in the Mediterranean by promoting the update and implementation of the BLUEMED Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), converting its outputs into actions.

Coordinated by the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), leading a Consortium of 11 partners, this project has the privilege to set – for the first time in the whole Mediterranean Basin – the scene for the long-term effective coordination of marine and maritime research and innovation activities, consolidating networks and establishing mechanisms that will remain beyond the conclusion of the project. The four BLUEMED Platforms represent one key tool developed by the project to ensure constant dialogue and consultation with national stakeholders to reach the objectives of the BLUEMED Initiative.

The BLUEMED CSA will facilitate cooperation in all Mediterranean countries, in order to promote the alignment of Programmes and Strategies and pooling of resources and investments, creating the conditions for new opportunities to develop joint activities. Expected impacts include also an increased awareness of BLUEMED vision in communities of hundreds of people.

Overall Structure

WP1 – Project Coordination, management, and communication, will:

  • provide the coordination and management of the project
  • support the functioning of the governance
  • carry out communication and dissemination activities
  • implement the BLUEMED Community Portal

WP2 – Strengthening cooperation to consolidate and implement the BLUEMED SRIA, will:

  • consolidate the BLUEMED SRIA through the platforms’ mechanism
  • prioritize actions
  • develop the BLUEMED Implementation Plan
  • address instruments and tools for promoting joint implementation of the SRIA
  • support the creation of an Operational Network of research funders and key players

WP3 – Framework conditions, will address relevant framework conditions for efficiently implementing the BLUEMED SRIA actions in the Blue Growth perspective, including:

  • indicators and assessment methodologies
  • Research Infrastructures
  • data policies
  • human resources

WP4 – Start-up Actions, will:

  • develop and monitor joint activities to design feasibility studies addressing specific priorities

WP5 – The global Med, will widen the participation to the project and promote the BLUEMED concept by:

  • connecting with other relevant projects and initiatives
  • involving participants of non-EU countries in the process
  • training the BLUEMED ‘Ambassadors’

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