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HORIZON-MISS-2024-OCEAN-01-05: Our Blue Future – Co-designing a future vision of a restored ocean and water system in the EU by 2030 and 2050


Funding programme or initiative
Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON)
AustriaBelgiumBulgariaCroatiaCyprusCzechiaDenmarkEstoniaFinlandFranceGermanyGreeceHungaryIrelandItalyLatviaLithuaniaLuxembourgMaltaNetherlandsPolandPortugalRomaniaSlovakiaSloveniaSpainSwedenAlbaniaArmeniaBosnia and HerzegovinaFaroe IslandsGeorgiaIcelandIsraelKosovoMoldovaMontenegroNorth MacedoniaNorwaySerbiaTunisiaTürkiyeUkraineUnited Kingdom
Atlantic and Arctic basinMediterranean Sea basinBaltic and North Sea basinDanube-Black Sea
Deadline date
18 September 2024
Publication date
23 April 2024
Mission Objectives
1. Ecosystems and Biodiversity2. Pollution prevention and elimination3. Carbon Neutral and Circular Blue Economy
Mission Topics
Relevant to Blue Parks Community
Associated Regions


‘Our Blue Future’ aims to develop and co-design transitional alternative futures for the EU where the ocean, seas and water are conserved or restored to good health. It will support the co-creation of narratives and innovative visualisation tools, such as maps, related to different scenarios of what the EU and its oceans, seas and water spaces could look like in 2030 and 2050 if innovative solutions to restore our oceans and waters were applied, so that the objectives of the Mission Oceans and Waters, and consequently those of the European Green Deal, are fully achieved. 


The proposed activities should cover all following objectives: 

  • develop specific regional visions, scenarios and narratives for each of the four Mission lighthouse areas in the Atlantic-Arctic, Danube, Mediterranean Sea, Baltic and North Sea, supported by innovative visualisation tools and co-created by multi-actors such as local stakeholders and citizens; 
  • develop and visualise different scenarios for each of the case-studies, with both 2030- and 2050-time horizons in line with the Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters and EU Green Deal targets; 
  • develop a map and visualisations as an interactive, dynamic and digital tool and application to be co-created and used by citizens, including schools and planners at EU, national, regional and where applicable local level, using whenever possible the Digital Twin of the Ocean core public infrastructure and its services; 
  • work closely with other Horizon Europe projects, particularly Prep4Blue, the 4 Mission lighthouse CSA projects, and other relevant projects, as well as the Mission Ocean and Waters Implementation Support Platform. 

This topic should take into consideration contributions of social sciences and humanities (SSH) disciplines and the involvement of SSH experts and institutions to produce meaningful and significant effects enhancing the societal impact of the related research activities. 

Proposals may draw on experiences of past projects such as ‘A nature-based vision for The Netherlands in 2120’. 

Eligible applicants: 

Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulations have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call/topic. 

Further information on the application process and on eligibility can be found in the General Annexes of the Horizon Europe 2023-2025 Work Programme.   


EUR 3 million 

Duration: n/a 

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