School to Work
Aims to strengthen transnational cooperation between stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region in the field of education and work in order to prevent early school leaving and develop support for vulnerable groups of students/youth.

Baltic Training Programme 
Supports the internationalization of vocational education and training as well as entrepreneurship and the internationalization of business. www.baltictrainingprogramme.se

Baltic University Programme
Largest university network in BSR focused on sustainable regional development through cooperation in education, research and applied projects www.balticuniv.uu.se

Baltic Sea Labor Forum
Aims to promote social dialogue, tripartite structures and cooperation as crucial elements of sustainable growth and social development in the BSR www.bslabour.eu 

Baltic Science Network
Aims to provide science and research ministries of the Baltic Sea region states 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 the EU level http://www.baltic-science.org/

Baltic Sea Region Programme

Objective (overall)

The Programme supports cooperation projects working for a more innovative, more accessible and sustainable Baltic Sea region, where partners look for joint solutions to common issues.

Note: The Programme will group thematically linked projects into clusters. Clustering will help to coordinate activities and increase the impact of the projects.  Project clusters will run in parallel to the “regular” projects.

Thematic priorities

Priority 1: Capacity for innovation, will offer support for e.g. development of innovation infrastructures, implementation of smart specialisation strategies and development of non-technological innovations

Priority 2: Efficient management of natural resources, highlights the need to manage natural resources more efficiently. Resource efficient blue growth, renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and clear waters are examples of the areas that will receive support

Priority 3: Sustainable transport, focus on such themes as accessibility of remote areas, maritime safety, environmentally friendly shipping and urban mobility will attract project proposals

Priority 4: Assistance to the Priority Area Coordinators and Horizontal Action Leaders offers support to the stakeholders of the EUSBSR, seed money projects of the EU Strategy, organisation of Strategy Forums and other implementation tasks will be co-financed

Budget and co-financing rate

Overall budget is €264 million (ERDF), the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and Norway €6 million. The co-financing rate is 75% (for Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Germany) and 85% (for partners from Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia); 50% for Norway (for ERDF funds). 

Duration of financial instrument

Between 2014 and 2020: Projects of 2-3 year's duration.

Geographic coverage

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany (Northern part), Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden.

Participation must be financed from other than the Programme funds. Participation of Belarus and Russia (North-West region) is still under negotiation. Note: An allocation of €8.8 million was earmarked from the European Neighbourhood Instrument to support partners from Russia and Belarus in joint projects.

Eligible applicants

Public authorities at local, regional and national levels, research and training institutions, NGOs, sectorial agencies and associations. Note: A new development in this period is that enterprises may also take part in projects and receive funds.


At least three partners from three countries in the region can form a project. The number of partners can vary. The most important factor is sustainable partnerships built with a view to make a success of the project.

Pre-study funding

The programme provides for possibile pre-study funding not directly linked to the four priorities of the programme. Pre-studies are available for the all priority areas of the EUSBSR.

Note: The possibility exists to combine with pre-study from The Swedish Institute and CBSS (see further Seed Money Facility).

Application procedure

Application is a two-step procedure. Firstly, the project idea “owners” submit a “concept note” to include a project summary, challenges anticipated and results required, the main activities and outputs, partnership details and the preliminary budget. If the concept note is accepted by the Monitoring Committee (the decision making body of the Programme), the applicant will be invited to develop the project idea further and submit a complete project proposal (second step).

More info

Baltic Sea Region Programme.

About the priorities




Regional meetings to promote EUSBSR

The Baltic Sea Strategy aims at reaching more stakeholders.

Regional meetings will attract stakeholders from several sectors and levels of governance to learn more about what the Baltic Sea Strategy can offer in the form of a framework for effective cooperation.
Two regional meetings have already taken place, in Umeå and in Hässleholm.

More information about the event in Hässleholm can be found here.


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