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05.11.2018 05:00

Knowledge synthesis studies on sustainable use of Baltic Sea ecosystem services start worth EUR 3.1 million

BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme announced today the eight projects that are funded from a competitive ‘BONUS call 2017: Synthesis’ call worth a total of EUR 3.1 million.

Knowledge synthesis is central for knowledge translation from research community to practice and for ensuring evidence-based decision making.

“Our newest addition of eight projects to our now 48 strong portfolio of funded projects since 2012 will synthesise research outputs that address the challenges for sustainable use of the Baltic Sea ecosystem services,” says Dr. Andris Andrusaitis, Executive Director of BONUS. ”While the marine environment provides humanity with numerous benefits we must make every effort possible to ensure its long-term sustainability.”

The funded projects will now perform critical review of research outputs as well as identify the knowledge gaps and further research needs. They will also analyse how successfully the outputs of science have been taken up at different levels of public governance and management, and by industry, and suggest ways to enhance the societal significance and impact of research and innovation relevant to the specific topic.

After thorough evaluation by independent experts, a total of six topics out of the nine opened for the call are being covered. All topics have a strong reference to the themes of the BONUS strategic research agenda and were from the outset defined in close cooperation with HELCOM and the national funding organisations. The eight projects start their implementation between October 2018 and January 2019. 

“BONUS also foresees a strong synergetic effect between synthesis projects with our already completed or ongoing clustering activities as many new projects’ partners have been active already earlier in other BONUS projects and clustering efforts”, Andrusaitis notes. 

BONUS projects are interdisciplinary and transnational and involve eligible legal entities independent of each other from at least three EU member states or associated countries with a minimum of two project partners originating from the BONUS member states (i.e. Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden). 

“In order to achieve robust and unbiased review as well as credible gap analysis, projects will analyse as broad body of research outputs as necessary – this also beyond outputs of research done within BONUS,” Andrusaitis concludes. “We look forward to having some top notch results in 18 months’ time when the knowledge synthesis studies finish. These will truly add value to the research and innovation support of ecosystem based sustainable policy and management action in the Baltic Sea region and beyond.”



The eight BONUS synthesis projects announced 5 November 2018:

BONUS BALTIMARI - Review, evaluation and future of Baltic risk management

BONUS DESTONY - Decision support tool for management of the Baltic Sea ecosystem

BONUS FUMARI - Future marine assessment and monitoring of the Baltic

BONUS MARES - Multi-method assessment for resilient ecosystem services and human-nature system integration

BONUS ROSEMARIE - Blue health and wealth from the Baltic Sea – a participatory systematic review for smart decisions

BONUS SEAM - Towards streamlined Baltic Sea environmental assessment and monitoring

BONUS TOOLS2SEA - Policy tools for Baltic Sea nutrient management

BONUS XWEBS - Taking stock of Baltic Sea food webs: synthesis for sustainable use of ecosystem goods and services


More information about the BONUS synthesis projects at   

Andris Andrusaitis, Acting Executive Director, BONUS EEIG, tel +358 (0) 40 352 8163, andris.andrusaitis(at)

Maija Sirola, Communications Manager, BONUS EEIG, tel. +358 (0)40 352 0076, maija.sirola(at)



BONUS is a joint research and development programme producing knowledge to support development and implementation of regulations, policies and management practices specifically tailored for the Baltic Sea region. It issues calls for competitive proposals and funds projects of high excellence and relevance based on its strategic research agenda. 

BONUS is funded jointly by the eight member countries around the Baltic Sea and the EU by a total of EUR 100 million for the years 2011-2020. A total of 48 projects have received BONUS funding by November 2018.



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