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/

Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 is the Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation, which, from 2014, covers all research and innovation funding formerly provided through the Framework Programme for Research (FP7), the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Thematic priorities

It is divided into three main pillars:

Excellent Science to boost top research in Europe through competitive funds provided by the European Research Council, the Research Infrastructures and Future and Emerging Technologies programmes/activities and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.


Industrial Leadership to foster industrial leadership to speed up the development of technologies that will support business and innovation, including for SMEs.

Societal Challenges to fund research in areas of major societal concern, such as health, climate change, food, transport, energy, demographic change and well-being.

Besides that, Horizon 2020 includes the following types of projects: Euratom Fusion and Fission, Spreading excellence and widening participation; Science with and for Society.

The ability to better address cross-cutting issues has been one of the key concerns in the design of Horizon 2020. Such issues can play a major part in ensuring the relevance and overall impact of the activities being supported. In many cases interdisciplinary solutions are needed, cutting across multiple specific objectives of Horizon 2020.

Of PA Education Interest: When applying for Horizon 2020 funding, educational and training element can be a part of any of thematical pillars if it is relevant for the specific call and corresponds to the expected results of a particular project.

Particular relevance for the PA Education has the projects in the following pillars: Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions; Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies (under Societal Changes); Science with and for society. See the working programme for more details here

Features of the Programme

Each section of Horizon 2020 (H2020) has a work programme for a two-year period (currently 2014-2015), which contains a detailed description of each call. This gives more precise information on the questions that the Commission would like applicants to address in their proposals. In an effort to promote collaboration between scientists, to avoid duplication and to generate a greater return on public investment – open access is mandatory for all scientific publications produced with funding from Horizon 2020 and the costs will be eligible for reimbursement.

Budget and co-financing

The reimbursement model for universities will be based on a single funding rate of 100% of direct costs and a flat rate of 25% of direct costs to cover indirect costs. The European Commission has announced that it is developing guidelines to allow beneficiaries to cover indirect costs for large infrastructure, in addition to the flat rate.

         Research and Innovation Actions (100% of actual costs)

         Close-to-market activities/innovation actions (70% of actual costs). Exception: non-profit legal entities max. 100%

         Indirect eligible costs: flat rate of 25% of the total direct eligible costs

The new programme will also look to reduce “time-to-grant” (the time between the deadline for bidding for funding and the signing of a grant) which is 8 months in H2020, compared to previous funding time scales.

Maximum amount granted

Grants vary. See working programme for more information on amount granted for particular call for project applications.

Duration of financial instrument

Two year work programmes (currently for 2014-2015) indicate the specific areas that will be funded during this period. For details, see working programme for particular pillars.


Geographic coverage

Horizon 2020 is open to participants worldwide; however, there is a revision to the list of countries which receive automatic funding.

Eligible applicants

Educational institutions: universities, research institutions and colleges; public sector institutions; SMEs and larger companies; civil society actors, non-governmental organisations.

Application procedure

Depending on the thematic pillar and sub-pillar, project actions may vary: research and innovation, innovation action, coordination and support actions, SME instruments, co-funded actions, direct funding. Conditions of the particular call for project applications include the following information: opening dates, deadlines, budget, eligibility and admissibility, evaluation criteria.

Pre-study funding

Applications for funding, pre-study will not be considered. Specific calls have a two-stage application process. Applicants firstly submit a simplified concept which is considered, before a full application is made.

More information

Horizon 2020

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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