Science for a better future of the Baltic Sea region

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BONUS vision

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.

BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme for years 2010-2017, was started by the BONUS member states together with the EU and officially launched in September 2010 by a co-decision of the European Parliament and the European Council as a Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) Article 185 activity.

In support of sustainable development and ecosystem based management of the Baltic Sea region, the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan and the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive and other European, regional and national coastal and marine environmental policies and plans, BONUS:
  • issues calls on ecosystem research and innovation for scientific community and SMEs

  • funds projects of high excellence and relevance 1) to produce knowledge, scientific evidence and innovation solutions needed by policymakers and 2) to engage end-users and the society in the knowledge based governance of the fragile Baltic Sea.

Horizon 2020 and integrated approaches in the EU

BONUS responds to the EU’s growth and jobs strategy by implementing many principles of the EU Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) by e.g. pursuing challenge-oriented interdisciplinary research, bringing closer science and innovation and involving stakeholders across multitude of sectors in all phases of the programme.

BONUS track record

BONUS ERA-NET (2003-2008) developed preconditions for BONUS, and BONUS+ (2009-2011) tested the mechanisms of collaboration among the national funding institutions with a total of 16 projects funded for EUR 22 million and involving over 100 research institutes and universities. AMBIO Special Issue: BONUS+ in Support of the Ecosystem Approach to Management in the Baltic Sea. Volume 43, Issue 1, February 2014 www.bonusportal.org/bonusplus

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 members are the national research funding institutions in the eight EU member states around the Baltic Sea who fund jointly with the EU’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration BONUS by a total of EUR 100 million for years 2011-2017. Russia participates in BONUS through bilateral agreements.

BONUS members
The BONUS Secretariat (EEIG) is the legal management organisation of BONUS.
Who is who in Secretariat

BONUS governance and management structure

Figure 3 management structure