Blue Innovation wind in the MED area : MISTRAL


Funding: 4,7 ML euro


Status: CLOSED

The current MED area innovation performance in the blue growth (BG) sector is behind the EU average and there is a lack of transnational and transversal cooperation between the different quadruple helix actors in the BG. In four years of operation MISTRAL built up a transnational partnership made up of 8 countries (2 Ministries, 8 Regions, 5 Clusters, 3 RTOs and other organizations) in order to make marine knowledge and sustainable innovation the key drivers for BG. The first result, the Blue Growth Book, is a pillar for sharing common knowledge on blue growth in MED area and identifying the blue growth innovation potential in the five subsectors: marine renewable energies, fishing and aquaculture, marine surveillance, blue biotechnologies and coastal and maritime tourisms. Thanks to this shared vision it has been possible to act as catalyzer for cooperative sustainable innovation actions, placing MISTRAL in a unique position to help the boost of the BG sector in the MED area responding to the programme challenges. A clustering innovation service pack for BG clusters and operators has been tested: - Blue Business Plan Competition with national and transnational editions, aimed to create services supporting the set-up of innovative businesses in the BG sector. 9 contests implemented with 174 participants. 13 finalists at International MISTRAL contest. The methodological approach was described in the Guidelines for Blue Business Plan Competition; - BG Matchmaking Events intended to increase collaboration and networking of different actors of the BG ecosystem and the Med Community, following an open innovation approach. 5 brokerage events organised with 464 participants and 680 meetings. The methodological approach was described in the Blue Growth Matchmaking models -Guidelines and in the Blue Business Plan competition toolkit. The transferring and capitalization with the elaboration and collection of BG recommendations at regional, national and MED level, plus several events largely influenced the RIS3 2021-2027 policy making for several leading regions and lead to the elaboration of 10 Regional Action plans on Blue Growth: Emilia-Romagna, Occitanie, Crete, Attica, Balearic Island, Alentejo, Zadar County, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Albania, Lazio. MISTRAL successfully contributed to develop a wider governance vision towards 2027 in the BG sector and to unlock the innovation potential of the coastal and marine ecosystem.

Keywords: Innovation, Blue Economy, : marine renewable energies, fishing and aquaculture, marine surveillance, blue biotechnologies and coastal and maritime tourisms







Climate change

Marine litter


Jobs and investments

Marine regions

Mediterranean Sea

Related issues

Blue growth


Water management (physical restructuring of rivers, costline or seabed)






Marine Protected Areas

Societal challenges

Climate action, environment, resource and efficiency and raw materials

Type of stakeholders involved

Scientists and Research Organization

Educational Organizations and Students

Industries and SMEs

Local Administrations and Municipalities

Policy Makers organization and Implementers

RRI Dimensions


Gender equality


Open access

Public engagement

Science education

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Tiziana De Nittis Emilia-Romagna Region Italy

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