Pure Ocean Challenges 2024 (up to €40,000 Grant) – APPLY NOW

Applications are open for the Pure Ocean Challenges 2024 edition. Pure Ocean is a global foundation established in 2017 by French entrepreneur David Sussmann. Headquartered in Marseille and Lorient, France, Pure Ocean focuses on promoting inventive research initiatives internationally to safeguard fragile marine ecosystems and biodiversity.

Pure Ocean Challenges 2024
Pure Ocean Challenges 2024

The four primary focal points of the Pure Ocean Challenges encompass:

  • Enhancing comprehension of marine pollution and combating its sources.
  • Safeguarding biodiversity and rehabilitating deteriorated marine ecosystems.
  • Bolstering the resilience of marine ecosystems and the individuals reliant upon them amid climate change.
  • Enhancing comprehension of the ocean ecosystem.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The project should address one or more of the Pure Ocean Challenges.
  • Pure Ocean actively seeks and provides support to projects on a global scale.
  • There is no age restriction, but they strongly encourage applicants in the early stages of their careers to apply.
  • Only non-profit organizations, such as NGOs, universities, and research institutes, are eligible to apply for and receive funding. However, the project can involve collaborations with private sector organizations, such as companies and startups.
  • Applicants must indicate their potential co-financing options in their budget, as well as specify a minimum operational budget in case Pure Ocean cannot grant the full requested amount.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be assessed based on one key criterion: impact. This refers to the concrete and long-lasting benefits that the project’s implementation can bring about the Pure Ocean Challenges.

The following indicators will be used to evaluate the impact of a project:

  • The project proposes an innovative approach, whether it’s technological, social, nature-based, or exploratory innovation.
  • The project specifically focuses on one or more of the Pure Ocean Challenges.
  • The project’s specific objectives and the means to achieve them are clearly defined and attainable.
  • The project involves active participation and collaboration among multiple stakeholders, while also encouraging inter/transdisciplinarity.
  • The project includes a plan to disseminate the results, tailored to different target audiences, as well as actions to engage them.


  • Projects that are chosen will be granted funding of up to €40,000 per year (with an average of €25,000 per year) for a period of one to two years, as determined by the Scientific Committee.
  • Consequently, a project lasting two years can receive a maximum of €80,000, and there is also the possibility of renewal of support for specific projects.

How to Apply for Pure Ocean Challenges 2024

  • To initiate the application procedure, please fill out the online form.
  • When you enter your email address on the platform, an automatic backup will save your work until you submit the final version.
  • You can also save your unfinished draft by using the button at the bottom of the page, and the link sent to your email will allow you to return to your application.

For further details please visit   Pure Ocean’s official website.

Key Dates

  • The deadline for project submissions is November 15, 2023, at midnight GMT.
  • The announcement of the winners will take place on March 21, 2024.



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