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22 Months
1.5 Millions €

The Mediterranean is a hotbed of bio-diversity. It benefits from a vast potential for the use of organisms, their active principles and infrastructures developing new products and processes for food, feed, health and many others.

These uses are made possible by the growth of blue biotechnology, which contributes to the development of innovation and economic growth.

B-Blue, Building the blue biotechnology community in the Mediterranean, a project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, will form a transnational community that will elaborate strategies for the development of blue biotechnologies in the Mediterranean.

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The overall project objective is the aggregation and coordination of the Med Blue Biotechnology (BBt) sector`s organizations and stakeholders in a transnational and multi-actor community built on the quintuple-helix approach in order to unlock the innovation potential in the field through joint transnational initiatives, involving also stakeholders from the Southern Shore of the Mediterranean.

B-Blue main objectives are:

  1. to gather the BBt innovation community.
  2. to develop a multilateral coordination framework supporting the capacity building and the innovation transfer in the BBt sector.
  3. to facilitate design and implementation in the Med area of joint and integrated plans, initiatives, programs and policies boosting the Med BBt sector.

The ultimate goal of B-Blue project is to define, design and implement a structured framework which eases the established BBt community to not just catch new business opportunities or multilateral initiatives in terms of coordinated financing requests, but also to orient policy and financing programs to align national/regional initiatives at Med level in the BBt sector.


BBt value chains are linked to many different sectors, so research and innovation are often developed as isolated initiatives without a coordination which could ease the access to the market. B-Blue project tackles these bottlenecks and challenges contributing to the Programme specific objective 4.1 that aims at supporting the process of strengthening and developing multilateral coordination frameworks in the Mediterranean for joint responses to common challenges.

B-Blue builds Med soft governance framework through a digital platform gathering the Med BBt community, through the BBt community innovation capacity improvement with knowledge transfer workshops and digital contents and through the establishment of a Med network of territorial based, collaborative and multi-actor spaces of co-development of the BBt local communities of selected value chains.

Moreover, the coordination framework of the Med BBt community will be part of the wider mechanism developed by the BlueBioMed project addressing the governance challenge in the Blue Bioeconomy at Med level.

Main activities

B-Blue project work is divided in 6 working packages.

WP1 – Management is dedicated to the project management in order to ensure smooth implementation of the project.

WP2 – communication

WP2 aims to identify project stakeholders to be addressed during the implementation of the project, create Communication plan, including communication tools, measures and channels, as well to coordinate B-Blue internal and external communication with the main aim to increase the visibility of the project.

Main goal of WP2 is to reach roughly 100.000 people by mass media and coordinating with Interreg-Med channels, as well to inform by sharp/tailored messages roughly 500 organizations of selected target groups (including Med Southern Shore countries).

WP3 Studying

WP3 aims to create a project knowledge package in the Med BBt sector to be used to exchange knowledge among the project partners and between the B-Blue project and the entire BBt community.

Through this WP, project defines the best practices of already implemented, ready to the market and pilot actions of innovative solutions in the BBt sector. Additionally this WP creates and develops common ground, toolkits for BBt sector growth, building and empowerment of its community, as well promotes the transfer of the acquired knowledge to be exploited in other WPs.

WP4 Testing

WP4 aims to create a network of Med territorial innovation communities in the BBt sector (Blue Biotechnologies Hubs - BBH), as well design and implement pilot cases in five territories involving local actors to support the development of knowledge. Additionally, WP4 aims to share the experience of the BBHs in order to create the conditions to replicate the initiative in other value chains and/or in other Med countries including the ones of the Southern Shore. Moreover, in the framework of this WP will be discussed the solutions for the outliving of the HUBs after the end of B-Blue project and their organization in a Med network.

WP5 Transferring

WP5 aims at transferring the knowledge collected and developed in the WP3 and WP4 activities to a selected group of key stakeholders (over 150 organizations) of the BBt sector to create connection at territorial and Med level in the BBt community. Moreover, innovation capacity on horizontal knowledge of the BBt sector and on vertical issues of specific value chains will be improved.

Innovation knowledge will be transferred by 2 big transnational knowledge transfer workshops, 3 national/regional boot camps on horizontal innovation knowledge and 8 national/regional seminars on vertical knowledge on specific value chains. Finally, digital knowledge package (e-learning material from WP3) and an information and communication technology matchmaking tool will be activated.

WP 6 Capitalizing

The WP6 aims at capitalizing the innovation knowledge developed during WP3 and WP4 activities and the BBt community relationships fostered through WP2 and WP5 activities in a transnational coordination mechanism of the BBt community. Moreover, innovation knowledge developed during the implementation of the B-Blue project will be used in drafting:

  • the strategy for outlive and growth of the BBt digital community
  • an action plan for the establishment and growth of a Med BBt Network
  • the transnational project proposal draft to support the alignment of financing initiative at macro-regional level in the BBt sector on Circular Economy and Blue Economy