Finland participated in the Joint Baltic Sea Research and Development Programme BONUS between 2010 and 2020. The programme provided funding opportunities for research collaboration between the Baltic Sea countries and opened five joint calls. In all, the programme provided around 90 million euros in funding for 48 research consortia.
According to a study conducted by the Research Council of Finland, Finnish participants did well in the programme, cooperated extensively at international level and participated in a wide range of research topics. A total of 60 Finnish applicants in 35 consortia were funded. Finnish participants took home 14 million euros. Finnish researchers coordinated consortia more often than other Bonus member states. Of Finnish research organisations, the Finnish Environment Institute did very well and secured funding for many of its researchers.
The Research Council of Finland had permanent observer status in the BANOS CSA (Baltic and North Sea Coordination and Support Action) between 2018 and 2021. BANOS formulated a research and innovation strategy for the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.