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/



INTERREG IVC provides funding for interregional cooperation across Europe. The programme aims to contribute to the economic modernisation and competitiveness of Europe. 

The overall objective of the INTERREG IVC Programme is to improve the effectiveness of regional policies and instruments. A project builds on the exchange of experiences among partners who are ideally responsible for the development of their local and regional policies. It is implemented under the EU territorial cooperation objective and financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Thematic priorities

The areas of support are; Research, technical development and innovation; Competitiveness of SMEs; Low Carbon Economy; Environment and Resource Efficiency.

Budget and co-financing

The total budget is €359 million and is equally divided between four priority axes. The budget per project depends on the priority axis and call.

Geographic coverage

Targets the whole EU territory including Norway and Switzerland.

Eligible applicants

Public authorities (national, regional and local authorities). Bodies governed by public law: universities, regional development bodies, s that are working with regional and national policy questions. Private actors can participate in the project at their own expense. Further details on eligibility are outlined in the programme manual.

Partnerships and types of projects

The programme supports two types of projects: Regional Initiative Projects and Capitalisation Projects. In line with the operational objectives, the programme supports two types of action to allow partners from the EU partner states to work together on a shared regional policy issue in the field of innovation infrastructures and capacities: Interregional Cooperation Projects and Policy Learning.

In Regional Initiative Projects partners work together to exchange experiences in a policy field of their interest. They can choose between three levels of intensity for their cooperation. These vary from simple networking to the development of policy instruments or the establishment of mini-programmes.

In Capitalisation Projects partners build on already identified good practices. Capitalisation projects are set up to transfer these good practices into mainstream programmes of EU Structural Funds. This is done by developing action plans and involving relevant policy makers. The European Commission offers additional expertise to some of these projects, named FAST-TRACK  Projects.

Partnerships should cover as many regions as possible. At least half of the participating EU regions must address the implementation of their Operational Programme (e.g. for a project with 4 regions, a minimum of 2 would need to have this direct link; for a project with 5 regions, a minimum of  3 would need to have this direct link).

Of PA Education interest. 

Priority Axis 1: Research, Technological Development and Innovation are selected through regular calls for proposals. These calls can be open to proposals addressing the full thematic scope of the specific objective.

Implementation of programmes is realized under the Investment for Growth and Jobs goal, and when relevant the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) goal.

Pre-study funding

There is no possibility to apply for funding pre-study.

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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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