EUR 99.6 million requested by the proposals submitted to the BONUS call 2014: Sustainable ecosystem servicesA total of EUR 99.6 million was requested by the proposals for future Baltic Sea research projects that are competing for the funding of EUR 15 million available for the BONUS call 2014: Sustainable ecosystem services. The total funding committed by the proposals submitted for consideration totaled just over EUR 101 million. By the submission deadline of 16 April 2014, BONUS received 48 proposals with a total of 328 potential partners listed.
Two of the BONUS participating states have a total of over sixty partners listed in the proposals submitted. Sweden tops the list (63) and is followed by Finland (61). Also all the other BONUS participating states are well represented: Germany (49), Poland (45), Estonia (32), Denmark (29), Latvia (18), Lithuania (19) as well as Russia (5) which features in 5 proposals and participates in BONUS through a bilateral agreement. A total of 6 partners are listed in the proposals submitted from other EU member states and associated countries, including France, Italy, Portugal, Serbia and Slovakia.
Finnish partners are coordinating 14 proposals, followed by Germany and Sweden (both 10), Denmark and Poland (both 4), Latvia (3), Estonia (2) and Lithuania (1). All proposals are coordinated by research organisations.
The most popular key theme open for this call among the submitted proposals was the theme number 4.2. Linking ecosystem goods and services to human lifestyles and wellbeing (11), followed by 3.2. Effects of air and water pollution by shipping and 4.1. Governance structures, performance and policy instruments (both 10), 2.3. Integrated coastal zone management and 4.3. Maritime spatial planning (both 8). The least submissions were made under the theme 3.1. Maritime risk analysis and management (1).
The independent expert evaluators will now commence their work and rank the submitted proposals according to one common ranking list which will be the basis for the funding decision. The outcome of the evaluation of the final proposals will be announced by BONUS in July 2014.
The national research funding institutions in the eight EU member states around the Baltic Sea provide half of the funds and the EU Research Framework Programme the other half of the funds of the call.