Science for a better future of the Baltic Sea region
Economically and ecologically prosperous Baltic Sea region where resources and goods are used sustainably and where the long-term management of the region is based on sound knowledge derived from multidisciplinary research.
“It is extremely important that – both intellectual and material – resources of the Baltic Sea science community are joined to support the protection of the Baltic Sea. In a core of BONUS is long-term collaboration that supports in particular the work of the Baltic Sea Environment Protection Commission HELCOM.”
BONUS integrates the Baltic Sea system research into a durable, cooperative, interdisciplinary and focused multinational programme in support of the region’s sustainable development:
- BONUS builds on the ERA-NET and BONUS+ programmes and has engaged to date over 100 research institutes and universities in nine Baltic Sea countries
- BONUS combines research related to the Baltic Sea system into a joint and durable interdisciplinary and focused multinational programme that supports the Baltic Sea region's sustainable development
- BONUS produces knowledge to support development and implementation of regulations, policies and management practices specifically tailored for the Baltic Sea region
- BONUS issues calls for competitive proposals and funding projects of high excellence and relevance based on its strategic research agenda; this is developed in close collaboration with stakeholders across the Baltic Sea region
- BONUS facilitates researchers' collaboration, networking, human capacity building and joint use of research infrastructures
- BONUS supports European, regional and national coastal and marine environmental policies and plans, in particular HELCOM's Baltic Sea Action Plan
DECISION No 862/2010/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2010 on the participation of the Union in a Joint Baltic Sea Research and Development Programme (BONUS) undertaken by several Member States
BONUS is funded by the EU Commission’s Research Framework Programme (FP7) and the national funding institutions in the Baltic Sea countries.
The BONUS Secretariat (EEIG) is the legal management organisation of BONUS.