BONUS is a joint Baltic Sea research and development programme established between Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. The programme provides a framework for cooperation between the participating countries through joint funding calls.

Five calls have been organised so far: Viable Ecosystems 2012, Innovation 2012, Sustainable Ecosystem Services 2014, Blue Baltic 2015 and Synthesis 2017. The programme has provided a total of approximately EUR 80 million in funding to 48 project consortia. Finnish participants have received more than EUR 13 million.

BANOS CSA (Baltic and North Sea Coordination and Support Action) is a project aimed at formulating a research and innovation strategy for the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. The BANOS CSA receives funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, and it is due to run until the spring of 2021. The project is coordinated by the BONUS Secretariat. The Academy of Finland has permanent observer status in the BANOS CSA. The Academy’s permanent observer status gives Finland and Finns a good opportunity to influence the strategy and therefore the themes of calls for research and innovation proposals under the new framework programme (Horizon Europe) and, most importantly, the new European Partnership, “A climate neutral, sustainable and productive Blue Economy”.

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