Call for Blue Economy Early Stage Technologies

Press release: 15 July 2020

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A new programme has been launched that will support researchers in Europe to develop routes to market for early stage technologies (EST) in the Blue Economy.

The Blue Economy Technology Transfer Programme, organised and led by the EMPORIA4KT project funded by the EU Interreg Atlantic Area Programme, will provide researchers with the unique opportunity to get free, expert support in developing their EST route to market

António Grilo, EMPORIA4KT Coordinator, said “Despite the significant research and investment that goes into developing Blue Economy technologies, they often fail to progress from the lab to market. The expert mentorship provided by our programme supports technology owners and researchers to turn their ideas into commercially viable products”.

Researchers resident in France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the UK are invited to submit Early Stage Technologies related to the Blue Economy. Selected ESTs (3 per country) will have commercialisation routes developed by national research teams. Each team will receive expert advice and training from mentors at EMPORIA4KT partner institutions.

Researchers should view the application details at For additional questions, please visit this page to find details of the contact person for each of the five participating countries.

Research teams will focus on best EST market fit, how to obtain funding, insights into the most cost-effective roadmap for development, and how to take industry standards and regulations into account. The outcome will be a detailed commercialisation strategy (owned by the EST-owner) to develop the technology further and increase the likelihood of transfer to market.

The programme will conclude with a brokerage event in Brussels, where the 15 selected technologies from across the five participating countries will be presented to an audience of international Blue Economy expert stakeholders. One EST will be selected to receive additional funding for further proof-of-concept studies.

Technologies submitted for consideration must be at a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) from 1 to 4 and developed at a higher education institution or research organisation. Entry submission is free and any costs for required travel for successful EST owners will be covered by EMPORIA4KT. Confidentiality will be assured throughout the programme and the route to commercialisation developed by each team will include a strategy for intellectual property protection that can be used by the technology owner.

For full information about the programme, including eligibility criteria and application details, please visit The deadline for applications is 14 September 2020.


Notes for editors

The EMPORIA4KT project will run from 2019 – 2022 with an overall budget of approximately €2.2 million. EMPORIA4KT (EAPA_842/2018) is funded by the European Union’s Interreg Atlantic Area European Regional Development Fund.

EMPORIA4KT is coordinated by Universidade Nova de Lisboa – Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (Nova School of Science and Technology). AquaTT is the project communication and dissemination partner. The project involves partners from Portugal, Ireland, France, Spain and the United Kingdom - NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University Lisbon (FCT NOVA), Fundación Pública Centro de las Nuevas Tecnologías del Agua (CENTA), Frontier IP Group PLC (FIP), AquaTT UETP CLG (AquaTT), Agrocampus Ouest – Site de Begmeil (AOB), International Campus of Excellence of the Sea (CEIMAR), Strane Innovation S.A.S. (STRANE), Technopole Quimper-Cornouaille (TQC), Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía (CTA), Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Direção-Geral de Recursos Naturais, Segurança e Serviços Marítimos (DGRM), Agencia Andaluza del Conocimiento (AAC) and Údarás na Gaeltachta (ÚnaG). Working collaboratively across these countries will enable the share of resources and knowledge by five countries with significant interest in the sustainable exploitation of marine resources.

The views in this press release are the views of the author and do not reflect the views of the European Union.