Funding opportunities The implementation of the EUSBSR is financed by different public, national and EU funds as well as from private sources Share Contact Listen Relevant funding sources for realizing transnational cooperation in the Baltic Sea region There is no additional funding dedicated to realize transnational cooperation within the framework of macro-regional strategies. One of the key points lies in the need to align existing funding to the jointly agreed actions and projects. EU funding The EU territorial cooperation programs, INTERREG, and some of the European Sector Programmes are the main tools to finance cross-border cooperation activities linked to prioritized areas in EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. INTERREG Baltic Sea Region INTERREG South Baltic INTERREG Central Baltic LIFE Horizon 2020 – EU framework programme for research and Innovation BONUS – Baltic Sea research and development programme 2010–2017 More information on funding instruments for macro-regional cooperation Funding sources for preparatory transnational projects and activities (seed money) There are seed money facilities available to kick-start the development of projects and activities related to tackle cross-border challenges in the Baltic Sea region as defined in the EUSBSR. Swedish Institute: Seed funding for cooperation projects in the Baltic Sea region INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Seed Money Facility INTERREG Baltic Sea Region provides seed money for project cooperation with the objective to support preparation of full scale projects applying for funding from e.g. EU structural funds, national funding agencies or other funding programmes, contributing to the implementation of one of the policy areas or horizontal actions in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The second call for applications for the INTERREG BSR seed money The application process consists of two steps. In the first step the applicants have to fill in a draft application which has to be sent to the responsible PAC/HAC by 9 December. PA/HAC will assess these draft applications and select up to four project proposals per PA/HA and inform the MA/JS, about the pre-selected proposals in an expression of support. Based on these expressions of support, the MA/JS opens the application database for the pre-selected projects and invites them to submit their full application in a second step. Interreg BSR Seed Money: 2nd Call for Applications open For the second seed money call in INTERREG Baltic Sea Region, the following prioritized topics have been agreed for Policy Area Hazards by the area's steering group: Pharmaceuticals in the environment Sources and emissions / pathways of veterinary pharmaceuticals and occurrence in the environment. Emissions and occurrence of antimicrobial substances and AMR-genes in the Baltic Sea environment and their impact on human health (jointly PA Hazard and PA Health); also, identification of sources. Clean tech and green tech solutions in a circular economy. Micropollutants in wastewater, storm water and sludge Sources and emissions/pathways to environment. Clean tech and green tech solutions in a circular economy. Prevention. Reduction. Per-and poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the Baltic Sea environment Monitoring. Sources and emissions/pathways to environment. Mitigation. Remediation. Remediation of contaminated sediments/ historical contamination of Baltic sea bottom Mitigation. Remediation. Clean tech and green tech solutions in a circular economy. (Non-target) screening of sediment and biota in the Baltic sea for deciding on which substances are of highest priority. Other Linkages between chemicals, climate and circular economy. Governance and behavior change in consumption pattern of products, materials and articles that (may) contain hazardous substances aiming at reduction at sources, incl. governance and awareness raising activities on the interlink of chemicals into other policies.