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Baltic Research Programme

Baltic Research Programme is a joint research program of three Baltic States: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, funded from the funds of financial mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA) States (Iceland and Liechtenstein) and Norway 2014-2021.

Programme goals

  • Consolidation of research potential of Baltic States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
  • Strengthening of regional cooperation in research relevant to the countries of the region.
  • Filling of the gap between the national research funding and the European Union Structural Assistance.

Participation in calls for proposals

  • Calls for proposals are submitted once a year in one of the Baltic States. Call for proposals, evaluation and implementation of projects selected for funding are administered by the programme operator, in the country of which the call for proposals is announced. The programme is implemented by the Research Council of Lithuania, the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia and the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.
  • Consortiums consisting of no less than two Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) or at least one Donor State (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) may participate in calls for proposals.
  • Proposals are submitted by Project Investigator and the project promoter of the country, where the call was announced. For example, Lithuanian researchers will submit proposals as promoter in 2020, when the call for proposals will be announced in Lithuania. In calls for proposals announced in Estonia and Latvia, Lithuanian researchers may participate only as project partners.
  • At least three independent experts evaluate proposals after the eligibility check. The decision on project funding is made by the programme committee consisting of delegated experts from Baltic and Donor States.

Project funding

  • Fundamental and applied research are funded. The priority topics of each call for proposals are established in consultation with the programme committee.
  • From 300 thousand to 800 thousand Euros may be given to a single project, in which at least one partner from two Baltic States and at least one partner from the Donor States participate in. If partners from all three Baltic States and at least one partner from Donor States participate in the project, the project budget may reach up to 1 million Euros.
  • Duration of projects is three years with a possibility to extend the project implementation for one more year.

Plan of calls for proposals, their envisaged budget, administrating institutions, applicants of proposals and partners:

Estonian call for proposals of 2018

6 million Euros

Estonian Ministry of Education and Research

Estonian researchers with researchers of countries participating in the programme

Latvian call for proposals of 2019

7 million Euros

Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia

Latvian researchers with researchers of countries participating in the programme

Lithuanian call for proposals of 2020 

10 million Euros

Research Council of Lithuania

Lithuanian researchers with researchers of countries participating in the programme

Related documents: 

Guideline for Research Programmes

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