E-bulletin 35/26.11.2013

Celebrating the first year of the joint Baltic Sea research and selecting the first BONUS projects:

EUR 27 million for research on viable ecosystem of the Baltic Sea

26 November 2013, Brussels. In a high profile event held in the European Parliament today, BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme, announced the first seven projects selected from the BONUS call 2012 for research on viable ecosystem of the Baltic Sea.

“Today’s announcement marks the beginning of the research projects to be supported by BONUS. Further calls for research proposals will be announced in 2014 and I encourage the Baltic Sea researchers to participate." says Kaisa Kononen, Executive Director of BONUS. “We certainly look forward to seeing the benefits from these projects towards the Baltic Sea region and the sustainable development and protection of the wider European community and European seas.”

"The action of BONUS is quite unique: it is creating an ecosystem among all Baltic Sea states, including Russia, and their researchers, innovators and businesses in order to have an integrated ecosystems-based approach to tackling significant challenges such as the Baltic Sea's eutrophication. BONUS is cutting across scientific disciplines, economic sectors, policy agendas and national borders to keep the Baltic Sea alive." says Kurt Vandenberghe, Director of the Environment Directorate in DG Research & Innovation at the European Commission.

The selected BONUS projects comprise a total of 67 participating organisations representing all Baltic Sea EU states as well as two partners from Russia and one from the Netherlands. The Danish (3), Estonian (1), German (1) and Swedish (2) institutions will steer the research projects running until the end of 2017 with financial support between EUR 3.5 and 4 million.

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The seven BONUS projects announced today:

Baltic Sea marine biodiversity addressing the potential of adaptation to climate change

BIO-C3  Biodiversity changes – investigating causes, consequences and management implications

BLUEPRINT  Biological lenses using gene prints – developing a genetic tool for environmental monitoring in the Baltic Sea

CHANGE  Changing antifouling practices for leisure boats in the Baltic Sea

COCOA  Nutrient cocktail in coastal zones of the Baltic Sea – improving understanding of the transformation and retention of nutrients and organic matter in the coastal zone

INSPIRE  Integrating spatial processes into ecosystem models for sustainable utilisation of fish resources

SOILS2SEA  Reducing nutrient loadings from agricultural soils to the Baltic Sea via groundwater and streams

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BONUS is a joint Baltic Sea research and development programme producing knowledge to support development and implementation of regulations, policies and management practices of 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 from the national research funding institutions in the eight EU member states around the Baltic Sea and the EU's Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration. 

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