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Sectors: Agriculture - Fisheries, Environment, Public Management, Research

Beneficiaries: Corporations, Development NGOs, International Organisation, Non-profit organisations, Schools, SMEs, Universities

Regions: Balkans, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries, New Independant States, Switzerland, Worldwide

Category: Call for proposals

Additional info regions:

Mediterranean country: Israel
Balkans: Bosnia and Herzegovina
New Independant States: Moldova, Russia
Worldwide: Faroe Islands


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Responsible: BONUS Steering Committee


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This call for proposals aims at generating and disseminating knowledge and providing necessary know-how in support of knowledge-based governance and long-term solutions beneficial to the Baltic region. More specifically, this call aims at responding to the unsustainable situation in the Baltic region through a strong cooperation accross the region and consolidate the joint research effort on a macroregional level.

Priorities and funded actions:

– To resolve challenges in the way of sustainable use of the Baltic Sea system goods and services for the upcoming decade and beyond
– To produce knowledge to support development and implementation of regulations, policies and management practices specifically tailored for the Baltic Sea region
– To facilitate researchers’ collaboration, networking, human capacity building and joint use of research infrastructures

This call for proposal concerns the support to the following objectives and themes
– Objective 2: Meeting the multifaceted challenges in linking the Batlic Sea with its coast and catchment area
Theme 2.3: Integrated approaches to coastal management (generate tools, services and solutions to allow for an efficient and conflic-free coastal managament and to anticipative for natural disasters)
– Objective 3: Enhancing sustainable use of coastal and marine goods and services of the Baltic Sea 
Theme 3.1: Enhanced, holistic cross-sector maritime risk analysis and management, including effects of new technologies, human factor, climate change effects in open water and in ice, and interaction with onshore activities (develop methods and decision support tools to mitigate risks associated with maritime activities)
Theme 3.2: Assessing the effects of air and water pollution and introduction of energy (including noise) by shipping activities on the marine environment and integrated water management in harbours
– Objective 4: Improving the capabilities of the society to respond to the current and future challenges directed to the Baltic Sea
Theme 4.1: Governance structures, policy performance and policy instruments (critical assessment of current policy instruments in line with local socio-culutral context)
Theme 4.2: Linking ecosystem goods and services to human lifestyles and well-being (evaluate the impact of measures on provision of ecosystem services and generate new analysis methods for doing so)
Theme 4.3: Maritime spatial planning from local to Baltic Sea region scale (generate methods and databases for sustainable maritime spatial planning)

– Draw from and complement the national research programmes of the participating countries
– Ecosystem approach – both marine and coastal aspects
– Interdisciplinary – incl. natural sciences, socio‐economics, technological innovation
– Transnationality – region‐wide, cross‐national approach
– Fit‐for‐purpose – demand for the research in the society, region
– Policy‐driven – improvement and/or enhancement of the effectiveness of relevant policies

Among financed actions
– Activities carried out for the sole purpose of achieving the project goals and the expected results, in a manner which is consistent with the principles of economy, efficiency and effectiveness
– It may include researcher training, summer school, syntheses, books, workshops, conferences…