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
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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