BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme
, was started by the BONUS member states together with the EU and officially launched in September 2010. Its members are the national research funding institutions in the eight EU member states around the Baltic Sea (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden).

The aim of the BONUS programme is to support scientific development and innovation by providing funding for research collaboration between the Baltic Sea countries. The themes of the calls are based on the BONUS strategic research agenda for 2011–2017. Half of the funding – 100 million euros in total – is provided by the EU Commission and the other half by the participating national funding agencies. The funding is coordinated by the Bonus EEIG secretariat.

The programme has launched four funding calls: Viable Ecosystems (2012), Innovation (2012), Sustainable Ecosystem Services (2014), and Blue Baltic (2015). In all, Bonus has provided almost 80 million euros in funding for 40 research consortia. The Academy of Finland and the EU have funded 42 Finnish participants in 23 consortia with a total of more than 12 million euros.


Laura Raaska
Director, Biosciences and Environment Research Unit
tel. +358 295 335 094

Jaana Lehtimäki
Senior Science Adviser
tel. +358 295 335 060 

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