Project - Baltic Science Network


Description (EN): The project will foster the realisation of common higher education and research area in the Baltic Sea Region, and its research and innovation performance. The overall aim is to support the realisation of the European Research Area via intensified cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region, increase the research and innovation performance and strengthen the political ownership in the field of science policy. The Baltic Sea region (BSR) is one of the most competitive, innovative science regions in the world, with an excellent structure of leading universities and research institutions. However, the BSR features different levels of research and innovation performance and existing facilities are not equally distributed and interconnected. Countries in the region face the same problems and challenges in national higher education and research systems (globalisation, economic crisis, demography, technological progress etc.). At the same time, society expects innovation policy and research & development (R&D) activities to respond to the challenges facing society at large, such as climate change, energy and resource efficiency, food supply, welfare, health and demographic change. National or regional answers are not sufficient anymore for the large societal challenges, but a closer transnational cooperation and joint presentation of interests is needed. For the time being, science policy in the BSR is organised and pursued mainly from a regional, national or European angle. A macro regional dimension is missing in this field. Despite the fact that various sectorial networks exist, there is currently a lack of a political coordination framework in the field of higher education, science and research policy covering the whole BSR. The main objectives of the projects include: • providing science and research ministries with an overall coordination framework to develop and implement science policy in a macro regional dimension and to ensure a better representation of macro regional interests on EU level, • developing and implementing transnational strategies, incentives and programmes to support higher education, research and innovation (R&I) infrastructures to become better transnationally interconnected and to develop R&I excellence. The main outputs of the project include: • Foundation of the Baltic Science Network, • Joint presentation of macro regional interests on EU level and policy recommendations, • Joint transnational strategies for specific areas of scientific excellence, • Incentives/ funding schemes for fostering transnational research and innovation uptake in BSR, • Measures for better transnational utilisation of existing/ planned R&I infrastructure, • Structured mobility tools and mobility funding instruments, • Concepts and recommendations for widening participation, • Dos and don'ts for successful implementation of transnational science policy cooperation. Through these efforts the project will foster the realisation of common higher education and research area in the Baltic Sea region, and its research and innovation performance.

Thematic Information

Thematics: Institutional cooperation and cooperation networks  Scientific cooperation  
Specific Objective: ‘Research and innovation infrastructures’: To enhance market uptake of innovation based on improved capacity of research and innovation infrastructures and their users
Thematic Objective: (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation by:
Investment Priority: (1a) enhancing research and innovation (R&I) infrastructure and capacities to develop R&I excellence, and promoting centres of competence, in particular those of European interest

Project Summary

Project name (EN): Baltic Science Network
Project acronym: BSN

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2019-06-17


Project start date: 2016-03-01
Project end date: 2019-02-28
Project status: Closed

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 2.994.500,00
European Union funding: EUR 2.339.325,00

ERDF budget: EUR 2.339.325,00

Project part of European Union Macro-Regional or Sea Basin Strategy: EUSBSR

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Partners Data

Lead Partner (EN): Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Ministry of Science, Research and Equality
Lead Partner: Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Ministry of Science, Research and Equality
Address: Hamburger Str. 37, Hamburg, Germany
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