The Swedish Institute (SI) invites Swedish organisations to submit applications for seed funding for the Baltic Sea region, aiming at developing conditions for long-lasting sustainable relations between organisations in the region.
The project activities should contribute to economically, environmentally and socially sustainable growth and development in the Baltic Sea region and vicinity through its activities there.
The project addresses a challenge in one of the following documents:
the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region,
the EU’s Eastern Partnership or
the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan
The project must be in line with ambitions for a closer partnership with other countries in the Baltic Sea region, including Russia.
The Seed funding 2016 call for applications for funding in the following general areas:
An ecologically sustainable region
Sustainable growth from increased prosperity
Challenges to the region
Seed funding can be awarded, for instance, for projects that:
Set up new networks or expand and strengthen existing ones
Prepare an application for EU funding
Conduct a preliminary study
Applicants can apply for up to SEK 500,000 in funding.
The main applicant must always be a Swedish organisation.
A partnership may consist of the following organisations-
Local authorities, regional authorities, regional development councils and county councils.
Institutions of higher learning and research institutes
Business and trade organisations
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Russia (with priority given to northwest Russia)
Ukraine and Belarus
Georgia and Moldova: mainly academic institutions. Provided that one academic institution from these countries is represented, other organisations may also join the partnership.
Organisations from other countries in the Baltic Sea region – Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Iceland – are welcome to join the partnership, but SI does not provide any funding for their participation.
Requirements for the partnership
A partnership must include at least three countries that qualify for funding, with the main applicant being from Sweden
A partnership must include at least three organisations.
SI takes a positive view of partnerships that include more organisations when they can contribute to longer-lasting collaboration and increased dissemination of project results.