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BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme for years 2010-2017, was started by the BONUS member states together with the EU and officially launched in September 2010 by a co-decision of the European Parliament and the European Council as a Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) Article 185 activity.

BONUS brings together the research communities of marine, maritime, economical and societal research to address the major challenges faced by the Baltic Sea region. BONUS Progamme:

  • issues calls on ecosystem research and innovation for scientific community and SMEs
  • funds projects of high excellence and relevance 1) to produce knowledge, scientific evidence and innovation solutions needed by policymakers and 2) to engage end-users and the society in the knowledge based governance of the fragile Baltic Sea.

BONUS responds to the EU’s growth and jobs strategy by implementing many principles of the EU Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) by e.g. pursuing challenge-oriented interdisciplinary research, bringing closer science and innovation and involving stakeholders across multitude of sectors in all phases of the programme.

The BONUS Secretariat (EEIG) is the legal management organisation of BONUS.

BONUS members are the national research funding institutions in the eight EU member states around the Baltic Sea who fund jointly with the EU’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration BONUS by a total of EUR 100 million for years 2011-2017.

BONUS launched five calls that funded projects which addressed the objectives of the BONUS strategic research agenda 2011-2017. The calls were targeting multi-partner and transnational projects, encouraging participation of small and medium-sized enterprises and other end-users. BONUS calls included research, innovation, training and dissemination activities.

Continuation of BONUS is BANOS CSA (The BAltic and NOrth Sea Coordination and Support Action) BANOS CSA intends to prepare a framework for launching a joint Baltic Sea and North Sea research and innovation programme in 2021. NCBR participates in BANOS CSA

Contact BONUS:
Acting Executive Director, Dr. Andris Andrusaitis

NCBR contact point:

Mr Maciej Zdanowicz 
Department of International Cooperation

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