ERA-NET work packages
The work done in the BONUS ERA-NET is divided into six work packages (WP:s) and the work packages are further divided into tasks. Each task has a leader (one of the partners) and the result of a task is usually a report or series of short reports. All BONUS publications produced during the lifetime of BONUS ERA-NET result from a task.
WP 1: COLLECTION AND EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION AND BEST PRACTICES
WP 1 consisted of six different tasks, information exchange being the overarching theme. The results from the best practices working group were compiled in a joint report with the second task of the WP 2, legal and administrative working group (see Publication 2). The second task was to make programme manager exchange visits to partner organisations. This task was continued until the end of ERA-NET. The third task was to create an evaluator register and the fourth to open an internet portal for BONUS. The updating and development of the portal continued until the end of ERA-NET and the portal evolved to be the portal of BONUS EEIG. The fifth task was to make an inventory of marine research infrastructures (see the map) and finally, sixth task was to make a mapping of the ongoing projects. An additional task report was produced for the sixth task in the last year of ERA-NET (see Publication 9).
WP 2: STRATEGIC ACTIVITIES
WP 2 consisted of five different tasks concerning different strategic activities. These activities were identification of areas of cooperation (see Publication 6) and legal and administrative working group. The third task was to produce a common evaluation scheme for the future joint calls (see Publication 4) and the fourth task was the integration of new member states to BONUS. The fifth task was to produce ideas for future programmes, the result of this task was the BONUS-169 Science Plan and Implementation Strategy (see Publication 5), which has been used a as guideline in planning the content of first BONUS+ Call and the Joint Baltic Sea Research Programme. The Science Plan will also serve as a basis for the future calls and activities. An additional publication concerning the stakeholder consultations was produced in the last year of ERA-NET (see Publication 10).
WP 3: IMPLEMENTATION OF JOINT ACTIVITIES
WP 3 consisted of three tasks concerning the implementation of joint activities. The tasks were: a proposal for common use of infrastructure, producing an action plan for creation of joint marine research programmes (see Publication 8) and creating a postgraduate training scheme for Baltic Sea studies (see Publication 7).
WP 4: COORDINATION, MANAGEMENT AND DISSEMINATION
WP 4 differed from the other work packages in the sense that the coordination office was responsible for each of its tasks and the tasks consisted mainly on different management activities. These activities were: coordination of the BONUS ERA-NET, organisation of meetings and communication with the Network Steering Committee (highest decision making body, each partner represented), the Forum of Programme Managers (did preparatory work for the NSC, each partner represented), Advisory Board (gave recommendations concerning BONUS ERA-NET activities, no partner representation but stakeholders, met approximately once in a year) and the Executive Committee (supportive body for the coordinator, met when necessary, composition differed but regular members were, in addition to the coordinator, the chairs of NSC, FPM and AB).
In addition to the coordination and management tasks, there were two more tasks included in WP 4. One was the dissemination of results; it included publication of the BONUS newsletter, producing of different brochures and other promotional material, among other things. The other task had to do with the future of the BONUS ERA-NET, it included the activities related to the progress toward Article-169 and expansion of BONUS through recruitment of new partners.
WP 5: REVIEW AND ASSESSMENT
The purpose of this task was to evaluate the success of BONUS in reaching the operational goals that were set in the beginning of the project. A midterm and a final summary report were produced to present the outcome indications.
WP 6: ENCLOSED REGIONAL SEAS COLLABORATION: EXCHANGING LESSONS LEARNED AND BEST PRACTICE
WP 6 consisted of five tasks. The first task was to collect information on the existing bilateral cooperation between the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean and the Black Sea countries. This information was utilized in the following two tasks which were to organise dialogue meetings both with the Mediterranean and the Black Sea countries. The fourth task was to develop a regional approach to marine research networks and the last one to organize a seminar in Brussels.