BalticWaters2030 launches a program to fund small research projects and pre-studies
There is a great need to continuously develop knowledge that can contribute to better and more effective measures for healthy and prosperous running waters, archipelagos, and marine environments. For that purpose, BalticWaters2030 launches a long-term program to support research and pre-studies, aiming at a better understanding of our local environments and contributing to knowledge development about measures that can restore and preserve them.
A precondition is that the research focuses on the Baltic Sea and aims to increase the knowledge about measures that can improve the environment, both from a short and long-term perspective. Projects within the framework of the foundation’s focus areas, that have the potential to lead to measures to reduce eutrophication and a better functioning of ecosystems can be funded. The foundation will award projects that contribute to concrete measures for a healthier Baltic Sea, having an innovative approach and that can contribute to new, or further develop existing knowledge. The projects can, for example, be case studies on a smaller scale where a new method or an equipment is tested. Financial support can also be awarded to interdisciplinary projects within environmental communication where researchers and practitioners work together to bridge the gap between knowledge and practical measures in new and innovative ways. Communication projects based on the foundation’s focus areas will also be considered. For all projects, it applies that they must, in a concrete way show that the research has the potential to contribute to a healthier Baltic Sea and knowledge-based decisions for a better management of our inland sea.
The scope of the call and who can apply
The research grant can cover expenses for equipment, field studies, consumables, and travel that are necessary to carry out the project. Funds for salary can be given to an external party in the project, not to the applying researcher. The foundation finances costs, up to 1 million SEK for projects and pre-studies that run for one to two years. An applicant can, maximum twice, be awarded a grant from this call. The foundation intends to distribute 5 million SEK per year to 5 – 8 projects. The applicant should be a researcher that holds a Ph.D. and is currently employed at a university or a research institute in Sweden.
The reason why BalticWaters2030 establishes the program
This type of program is important from several perspectives. It means that the foundation continuously can allocate funds in knowledge-building projects in areas where new knowledge, development of existing knowledge or attempts at new and innovative measures are needed. It also gives the foundation the opportunity to search for initiatives or projects that have the potential to make a difference for the Baltic Sea environment and in the long run could be scaled up to larger demonstration projects.
Another important aspect is that the projects continuously collaborate with authorities and decision-makers. This means that the foundation will work to ensure that the knowledge produced contributes to decision-making processes and the implementation of measures.
Welcome to apply!