Towards a joint Baltic Sea and the North Sea research and innovation programme

Duration: November 2018 - June 2021

Coordinator: BONUS EEIG

ICES contact person: Simon Jennings, Chair of ICES Science Committee

ICES contribution role:

  • defining the strategic research and innovation agenda
  • human capacity building

The coordination and support action 2BONUS2 is intended to create the necessary conditions for durable coordination of research and innovation efforts in the North Sea and Baltic Sea region. The project will achieve this by preparing a framework for launching a joint Baltic Sea and the North Sea research and innovation programme. This project will serve as a transitional measure to move from the ongoing Baltic-Sea-focused BONUS programme to the foreseen future BONUS2 programme with an extended geographical scope. The future programme is intended to underpin and develop EU and national policies and strategies, with particular consideration of Europe's blue growth strategy in the northern European regional seas, and achieve a high level of scientific, administrative and financial integration, and generate strong EU added value and impact.

Project objectives:

  1. Ensure a strong visibility and impact among the scientific community by creating an efficient communications and stakeholder engagement framework for the new programme and establishing strategies seeking synergies and harmonisation with the relevant regional sea conventions and ongoing national, regional, EU and international initiatives and institutions, as well as reinforcing pan-European collaboration among the regional sea basin programmes
  2. Develop a joint scientific-strategic research and innovation agenda in the regions surrounding both Sea basins in full consultation with the relevant stakeholders in the regions surrounding both sea basins.
  3. Facilitate and prepare for Administrative and financial integration by bringing together main national funding agencies and programme owners/managers of the participating countries. 
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