The BLUE BIO MED Project aims at bridging transnational governance frameworks currently active in the Mediterranean area, the majority of them led by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the United Nations Environmental Program – Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP-MAP), the EUropean Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) and the WestMED and BlueMed initiatives, with national and regional policy-making of countries involved.

Research & Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialization (RIS3) are envisaged as key entry point (i) to understand and guide the innovation trends and priorities across MED regions, as well as (ii) to connect transnational cooperation with investments for growth and employment creation made within the framework of the Cohesion Policy.

The BLUEBIOMED Project will act as an open platform for an inclusive co-design process with the wider innovation community, and will promote a bottom-up MED Innovation Alliance for the blue bioeconomy with a view to streamline multiple efforts and initiatives around the Mediterranean.

Lines of action: 

The main activities to be conducted within the framework of the BLUE BIO MED Project are as follows:

  • Development of an original conceptual framework involving (i) the key role of innovation in the development of blue bioeconomy in the Mediterranean, according to what it is proposed by the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD) 2016-2025, as well as (ii) the role played by governance of public policies in such process.
  • Analysis of the contribution of blue bioeconomy to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations (2030 Agenda).
  • Development of a mapping methodology to analyze current policies and matching them with the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda.
  • Identifying those connections and disconnections, at first instance, between territorial and transnational strategies and initiatives on blue bioeconomy (e.g. MSSD, WestMED, BlueMed and EUSAIR) and, secondly, between territorial policies, including the RIS3 and case by case sectoral strategies on blue bioeconomy.
  • Identifying common priority areas across national and regional borders.
  • Four policy experiments ([i] circularity in sustainable aquaculture, [ii] recovery and recycling of macro-plastics waste, [iii] reducing and eradication of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) and [iv] digitalization of blue bioeconomy) shall be developed with the aim of testing the BLUE BIO MED conceptual approach dealing with (1) such specific Sustainable Development challenges or (2) critical issues hampering a good multilevel governance of innovation policies.
  • Dissemination of BLUE BIO MED Project outcomes.  


It is composed of 11 beneficiary partners from 9 countries:

Beneficiary partners of the BLUE BIO MED Project are listed as follows:

  1. Attrativitá Ricerca Territorio (ERT-ER). Emilia Romagna, Italy. Coordinator.
  2. AREA Science Park. Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy.
  3. Institut Ruder Boskovic (IRB). Croatia.
  4. National Centre for Scientific Research Demokritos. Greece.
  5. Technology Park Ljubljana. Slovenia.
  6. Centre for Agro-food Economics and Development (CREDA). Cataluña, Spain.
  7. Instituto Andaluz de Investigación y Formación Agraria, Pesquera, Alimentaria y de la Producción Ecológica (IFAPA). Andalusia, Spain.
  8. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre Technopolis. Montenegro.
  9. Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPRM). France.
  10. Malta Council for Science and Technology. Malta.
  11. Directorate General for Maritime Policy. Portugal.

Budget: 1.507.630 €.

Length of the project: 22 months.


More information:

Document of interest: Country Report – Reference Strategies and Initiatives on blue bioeconomy.

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