Email News October 2020

Welcome to the October 2020 Email Newsletter from Marine South East

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Posted 2020-09-01 16:29:30

Funding available for SMEs working on technologies for small flying objects in the Blue Growth Sector

UFO (Emerging IndUstries new value chains boosted by small Flying Objects) is a new European Project exploring opportunities for small flying objects including drones, small satellites and high altitude platforms.

Marine South East is a partner in the project which is about to launch a call for proposals to fund up to Euro 60K per SME for projects offering technical solutions and innovations.

The FSTP (Funding Support for Third Parties) scheme will encourage SMEs to submit cross-border and cross-sectoral disruptive ideas to the UFO call for proposals, detailing their business proposition, their technical and commercial challenges and the financial assistance they require.

Up to Euro 3.6M will go directly to up to 70 eligible SMEs through the funding applications which will be launched in November 2020 at the following link:

To express your interest in the funding ahead of the launch please email David Rea from MSE;

The type of projects that will be accepted include:

* Feasibility of technology analysis, adaptation and development of technology for use in the Blue Growth sector and analysis of a new project concept for emerging industries using small flying objects.

* Demonstration and implementation of a demonstrator for a given market sector

* Market study and business development support.

The maximum amount to be granted per SME will not exceed Euro60k in total even in the case of multiple granted FSTP scheme type. SMEs applying as a consortium will benefit from FSTP scheme types up to Euro60k each.

The Euro60.000 limit includes the costs of participation of the project partners (universities, research centres, public authorities, living labs, large companies, etc.), if any, that SMEs may bring in their application (as subcontractors). All interested SMEs can apply to one or several FSTP scheme types in accordance with its needs.

More information will be available in November 2020 when the scheme will be launched.

For any enquiries regarding information and/ or clarification on FSTP schemes, please contact David Rea from MSE;

The UFO project has received funding from the EU's Horizon 2020 Innosup-2018-2020 Programme.

Posted 2020-09-22 16:46:06

Opportunity for SMEs working in Earth Observation technologies to join funding and support programme

Marine South East is able to offer SMEs working in developing innovative products and services in the Earth Observation sector to join an internationalisation programme offering support and funding.

Space2Waves is an EU funded project which has launched an 'Internationalisation Programme' to accelerate the use of Earth Observation technologies and services in the marine and maritime (Blue Growth) sectors.

30 SMEs will be selected through an open call to take part in:

* a training programme with workshops focusing on space and blue growth markets and opportunities

* participation in a 3-5 day business mission to Australia, Canada, South Africa or the USE to meet with potential local partners and customers as well as visits to relevant businesses.

* financial support up to Euro1250 to assist with the mission costs

In order to take part in the programme companies must:

* Be an SME according to the European definition
* To be working in space-based products and services with possible application in one of the Blue Growth sectors of fisheries, aquaculture, EEZ surveillance, climate change, port infrastructure and maritime transport.

More information will be launched in October - please visit for more information about the launch of the opportunity.

Or email

The deadline for applications is 5th November 2020.

Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

* SME international strategy and ambition
* SME readiness to go global
* Priority will be given to SMEs in UK, France, Greece, Italy and Portugal

The trade missions are planned to take place between February 2021 and May 2022.

Posted 2020-09-23 14:29:20

Join the new Interest Group for stakeholders interested in reducing marine plastic pollution from fisheries and aquaculture

A new Interest Group, which is free to join, has been created for businesses and organisations interested in reducing marine plastic pollutions from fisheries and aquaculture activities.

The Interest Group is part of a European funded project called INdiGO, of which Marine South East is a partner. The project aims to reduce marine plastic pollution from fisheries and aquaculture activities by developing innovative fishing gear that is more respectful of the environment. The project also aims to improve the prevention and management of pollution generated by discarded fishing gear.

For more information about the project, how to get involved and the link to join the interest group please go to:

Posted 2020-09-23 09:29:25

Yara Marine launches new start-up accelerator program for start-ups contributing to a greener maritime industry

Yara Marine Technologies has announced its new corporate accelerator program, Yara Marine X, a start-up competition aiming to provide a home for technology and solutions that will contribute to a greener maritime industry.

The competition is designed to attract mature start-ups looking for partners and investors with a focus on sustainability and green solutions within vessel operations.

The winner will enter a bootcamp orientation of two weeks, followed by six months in a tailored accelerator program. The program includes office space, a USD 10,000 up-front stimulus grant, potential later-stage investment from Yara Marine, and access to the company's mentors, network, and facilities. Piloting and distribution opportunities with Yara Marine customers, suppliers, and network are part of the longer-term plan.

The deadline for the application is live on and closes on October 11th, 2020, with the winner to be announced on November 4th 2020.

For more information please visit:

Posted 2020-09-22 10:33:09

New project, UFO, launched to boost business opportunities for SMEs working on ‘Small Flying Objects’ SFOs

UFO (Emerging indUstries new value chains boosted by small Flying Objects), is a new European project funded by Horizon 2020 INNOSUP-1.

The project, which was launched in May 2020, will explore business opportunities for small flying objects including drones, small satellites and high altitude platforms across a number of sectors including blue growth.

Marine South East is a partner in the project which aims to create business opportunities for SMEs to develop innovative products and services by integrating new technologies such as nano and digital technologies, key enabling technologies (KETs), data analysis and exploitation solutions into Small Flying Objects (SFOs).

Six emerging industries will be targeted by the project including Blue Growth which is of particular interest to Marine South East, as well as mobility, climate, environment, digital creative and gaming and finance and innovation.

The UFO project brings together the experience and expertise of 8 clusters including the ICT, Aerospace, Climate and Maritime sectors from France, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece. The project will run for 30 months to improve the development and implementation of the Outer Space and Airspace applications in daily life.
To reach this objective, UFO will collect challenges and needs from end users and potential customers, it will enhance the collaboration of SMEs from the different sectors (SFO, Embedded systems, ICT and it will open application calls to fund up to 60 thousand Euro/SME for projects offering solutions to the challenges. UFO will play a central role in the relations between SMEs offering innovative solutions for the need of the emerging industries.

With a budget of more than Euro 4M , the UFO project will redirect Euro 3.6M (85%) of the budget directly to SMEs through the funding applications; the project hopes to support innovation solutions for 50 to 70 SMEs from across Europe.

For more information please contact:
Aerospace Valley (coordinator):
Mr. Thaddé BOUCHARD, +33 5 56 84 54 41,

ICT Cluster and Cluj IT (communication):
Mrs. Krasimira SHINDAROVA, +359 2 489 97 44,

Mr. Robert CINCU, (+4) 0769 474 217,


Posted 2020-09-01 16:32:03

Unlocking autonomous navigation challenges; Admiralty Marine Innovation Programme

The ADMIRALTY Marine Innovation Programme helps innovators and start-ups to develop new solutions that support safe, secure and thriving oceans.

For this challenge they are looking for participants to identify, trial and prove how navigational data can be used to support the safe navigation of Marine Autonomous Surface Ships.

Each entrant will have access to world leading ADMIRALTY data and expertise, with winners receiving prizes worth £175,000 and an opportunity to launch their product in a sector estimated to be worth £111bn by 2030.

Why participate?

* As an participant, you will be given the opportunity to work closely with the UK Hydrographic Office to develop your solution for a sector that's estimated to be worth £111bn by 2030

* To develop your product concept, you will be given access to world-leading navigation products and data, as well as wide-ranging expertise from UKHO teams

* The winner will receive prizes estimated to be worth £175,000, including hands-on support and marine geospatial information, in addition to a seat at the IoT Tribe Space Endeavour Accelerator to further develop technologies using satellite-derived data

Applications are required by 7th October 2020.

For more information and to submit your application please visit:

Posted 2020-09-23 11:05:53

Marchwood Port Consultation open till 23rd October 2020

Consultation on plans for Marchwood Port is open until 23rd October 2020. The development of the port will increase its commercial activity and better support the ongoing operations of the MOD.

In 2016, Solent Gateway Ltd was awarded a 35 year concession to manage, operate and develop Marchwood Port by the Ministry of Defence.

The port development is supported in the New Forest District Council's adopted Local Plan and Solent Gateway's plans will increase the capacity of the port, bringing new investment and creating new jobs both at the port and in the supply chain.

Solent Gateway wants to engage with stakeholders and the local community to hear views on its proposals.

Find out more and take the virtual tour of the proposals at:

or email

Feedback is required by 23rd October 2020.

Posted 2020-09-23 09:49:01

Webinar on Business Opportunities for Marine Technologies and Smart Solutions for isolated territories including islands and ports, 1st October 2020, online

Marine South East will be presenting at this online event to discuss the business opportunities for smart grid technologies with particular reference to isolated and island communities including port areas.

Smart grids are being developed on land, and are increasingly looking at how to incorporate marine renewable energy into the mix. Some examples of these are the Smart Energy Islands project involving the Isles of Scilly, and the ICE project focussing on Ushant and port communities.

Marine South East is collaborating with Marine-i and the EU funded ICE Project to host this webinar.

The second in this series of webinars will take place on Thursday 1st October 2020, 10am-12pm online.

Topics being discussed in this webinar will include:

* Introduction to Marine-i smart grid support
* Introduction to ICE (Intelligent Community Energy) project
* Introduction to TIGER smart grid projects including current projects, progress, opportunities for commercialisation
* Opportunities for suppliers in the marine Smart Grid market including case studies
* Q and A panel

To register your interest in attending this event please book now at the following link:

In addition, there will be the opportunity to make introductions between potential supply chain businesses and academics, encouraging collaboration and networking, and to inform you about the support offers available through both the Marine-i project and ICE and how you can access them.

Please note this session will be recorded.

There is no cost to attend this event; it is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

There are eligibility criteria in order to receive direct support from the Marine-i programme. However, we welcome attendance from all interested stakeholders

The Intelligent Community Energy project (ICE) aims to design and implement innovative smart energy solutions for isolated territories in the Channel area. The Marine-i project aims to assist SME businesses in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly to develop innovative marine technology around the themes of low carbon, clean marine and coastal adaptation. There is some overlap between these programmes, and this webinar will explore the possibilities of collaboration between the two, to the best advantage of developing business opportunities for industry and the supply chain.

Both Marine-i and the ICE project are now seeking to engage with firms, especially SMEs, interested to exploit the potential of this growth market.

More information on speakers and topics will be sent prior to the event.

Posted 2020-07-31 13:15:07

Maritime UK week; 12th-18th October 2020; maritime businesses asked to get involved

Maritime UK Week has been organised as an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the UK's maritime sector, its role and future.

It follows a period where the maritime sector's role as the fundamental enabler of trade and critical freight supplies into the country were reasserted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maritime UK Week 2020 will feature a combination of virtual and physical events, taking place across the breadth of the sector and the length of the country, from Monday 12th October to Sunday 18th October.

The event programme includes a combination of industry events and public outreach activity. Industry events will include a focus on how the sector will recover from COVID-19, and how maritime can support recovery for the rest of the economy. Major themes will be how the sector gets to net-zero, builds its competitiveness and helps level-up all parts of the country.

The week will be used to talk to the public about the maritime sector, its role, and the various careers available across what is one of Britain's biggest industries.

Activities will include:

* Virtual tours of ports and ships
* A virtual career fair
* Live Q&A sessions maritime people
* 'Maritime in the 21st century' at maritime museums

Events already in the calendar include the launch of London International Shipping 2021, the finalist reception for the Maritime Masters competition and a series of Diversity in Maritime webinars. The UK government is expected to announce measures to support the sector's recovery during Maritime UK Week.

As well as directly registering for events and activities on an individual basis, maritime businesses and other partners are urged to get involved and support the week.

For more information please visit:

Companies are invited to organise an event during the week, and can do so here at the following link:

Posted 2020-08-21 16:13:16

Solent University Future Ready Fest online Careers Days, 13th and 15th October 2020, online

Solent University will be hosting their first online career days 'Future Ready Fest 2020' on Tuesday 13th October and Thursday 15th October 2020.

Businesses can raise the profile of their organisation to the university students and graduates and promote any career opportunities via the webpage.

Follow the link below to register your interest.

For any questions, please contact the university via and the Employer Engagement Team will be happy to help.

Posted 2020-09-23 11:14:16