E-bulletin 40/16.1.2014

15 million call for top research to protect the Baltic Sea, its coasts and catchment

A competitive call for proposals targeted to research in support of the sustainable ecosystem services of the Baltic Sea is announced today by BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme.

Today’s call invites top science consortia to investigate how to address the human impact to the environment and meet the multifaceted challenges faced by the Baltic Sea, its coasts and catchment. It is imperative to improve the readiness of the society to respond, and us in the region to ensure sustainable use of those goods and services that the marine ecosystem of the Baltic Sea provides us,” says Dr. Kaisa Kononen, Executive Director of BONUS.  

“We should find new ways to fulfill both economic and environmental targets.  For instance, well planned and coordinated maritime spatial planning and linking the ecosystem services with the human lifestyles and wellbeing need critical consideration,” Kononen adds.

BONUS strategic research agenda, update 2014
was published earlier this month and serves as the basis of this call as well as the next BONUS call that is planned to open in the second half of 2014. By engaging policymakers and other end-users in the reviewing and updating of the agenda, BONUS aims to ensure that the knowledge produced is fit-for-purpose and well communicated to those who really need it.

Up to EUR 2 or 3 million per project for three years

‘Sustainable ecosystem services’ proposals submitted by the deadline of 16 April 2013 can apply up to EUR 2 or 3 million, depending on the theme called, for a maximum of three years implementation per project. In this call the funding available totals EUR 15 million. Projects must be interdisciplinary (i.e. natural sciences and socio-economics included) and transnational involving eligible legal entities independent of each other from at least three EU member states or associated countries.  At least two project partners need to originate from the BONUS member states of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland or Sweden. Russian scientists can participate in the projects through funding made available by the Russian Foundation for Humanities or other special agreements.

“Through BONUS the research funders play a critical part in ensuring that the open science-policy dialogue continues and that progress is made for the good of the Baltic Sea region”, Kononen concludes.

For more information, the applicant's guides etc., visit www.bonusportal.org/ses

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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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