Published 2022-03-31

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Three programme proposals proceed to next stage in call for “sustainable blue economy”

In October, Mistra opened a call for proposals for “A sustainable blue economy for Sweden”. The aim of a future research programme is to support the transition to a blue economy, focusing on improved environmental conditions and greater resilience in marine areas. Three programme proposals will now proceed to the next stage of the call process.

An evaluation panel of four international experts have reviewed the 11 outline proposals submitted in stage 1 of the call process. The panel recommends that three of the proposals be given the opportunity to submit programme proposals. The panel deems that these proposals best meet the call criteria and have the right conditions to be developed into full applications.

On 30 March, Mistra’s Board of Directors decided to invite the following three proposals to submit programme proposals according to stage 2 of the call titled A sustainable blue economy for Sweden. The other programme proposals have been rejected.

  • Mistra blue pathways – a research programme for transformation to a sustainable blue economy resilient to climate change, SLU – the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Sustainable blue economy dynamic decision support for use in offshore marine environmental management and spatial planning, SUSTAINABLUES, Chalmers University of Technology.
  • Co-create better blue, C2B2, the University of Gothenburg.


The call titled A sustainable blue economy for Sweden is being conducted in two stages and is based on the background report Ecosystem approach to enhance resilience in Swedish offshore marine areas and contribute to a sustainable blue economy, produced by an group of external experts. The scoping study On research in Swedish offshore marine areas is also part of the basis for the call.