Second call


Cooperation in Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Processing (COFASP) is an ERA-NET created to directly address actions envisaged within fisheries, aquaculture and seafood. It was created as under the KBBE theme in FP7, and is part of the Europe 2020 strategy, which recognises bioeconomy as an important part of the strategy. The main objectives of COFASP are:

  • To lay the basis for exploitation according to the precautionary principles and to enhance innovation in and competiveness of the primary sectors fisheries and aquaculture as well as subsequent seafood processing and distribution to the consumer.
  • To define the science, information and data necessary to underpin the revision of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and to ensure its successful implementation by designing complementary national research programmes and outlining monitoring and information/data sharing systems needed.

COFASP is based on the earlier ERA-NET MariFish and the running ERA-NET SEAS-ERA, and will run 48 months from its initiation on 1 February 2013, ending in February 2017. COFASP has 26 partners from 15 countries in Europe.

COFASP intends to launch 3 calls during its runtime. This call is the second call to be launched by 8 member countries of COFASP with a total budget of up to €6.4 million.


Interested project consortia can apply to the topic Resource optimization, mapping and reduction of ecological footprint, environmental sustainability of aquaculture, fisheries and seafood processing and interaction with other production across three sectorial research areas and a trans-sectorial research area. The proposals should be structured around (one or more) sub-topics listed under each of the sectorial research areas.


Project consortia are eligible if they consist of partners from at least three COFASP partner countries providing cash funding for the call.

Research institutions, public or private, and private companies may be eligible for funding by their national funding bodies. Applicants should consult their national regulations and contact their National Contact Points (see Guideline for Applicants).

The indicative funds provided by each funding partner are listed in Annex A of this document. It is the intention of COFASP to fund more than one project per topic. This should be taken into consideration when applying.

Applicants from countries which are not partners in the COFASP ERA-Net or from countries which do not provide funding for a specific thematic area of the call are welcome to participate. However, their costs need to be covered from their own resources or by other sources; they cannot coordinate a project and their contribution to the project should not be vital. They are not taken into account in the minimum number of eligible partners and countries in the COFASP eligibility criteria.

Note that some funding partners will have sector specific funding, whereas others will have a cross-sector funding pool.

Call definitions and status

Call open for creating new applications Closed for creating new applications
Call open for edit Closed for editing applications
Current stage 1
Call documents PDF icon Call announcement - updated on 16 February 2015, PDF icon Guidelines for applicants - updated on 7 April 2015, File Proposal description (Part B).docx
Contact persons Claude Yven
Funding mode Virtual Common Pot
Theme funding Yes, funding agencies may allocate funding per theme
Stages 1

Call topics and objectives

Call schedule

Call launch 15 February, 2015
Deadline for pre-registration 15 April, 2015
Submission tool open for full proposals 16 April, 2015
Deadline for submission of full proposals 17 June, 2015 - 13:00
Notification of full proposal selection 2 November, 2015

Second call

Funding Agencies and conditions
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