Would your organization like to start or expand a joint collaboration that contributes to sustainable economic, environmental or social development in the Baltic Sea Region?

The Swedish Institute provides seed funding for joint projects in which Swedish organizations meet transnational challenges in cooperation with organizations from the Baltic Sea Region countries and the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries. The project activities that the Swedish Institute supports via ‘seed funding’ must be clearly linked to one or more of the challenges identified in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region.


Basic facts about seed funding from the Swedish Institute:

  • The main applicant has to be based in Sweden
  • Seed funding projects can include the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine
  • A partnership has to include actors from at least three countries. For more detailed conditions of the participation of specific countries and partnership composition see the website of the Swedish Institute.
  • A project can apply for a maximum of SEK 500,000
  • A project can run for no longer than 18 months.
  • The call closes 5 February 2019 at 15:00 CET.


More information

More detailed information and application documents can be found on the website of the Swedish Institute.



Contacts at the Swedish Institute

Annika Claesson, +46 8 453 78 58, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Katrine Larsen, +46 8 453 79 62, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Camilla Wristel, +46 8 453 79 67, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


At the end of October, six platforms kicked off. Project platforms is a new funding instrument by Interreg Baltic Sea Region with the aim of making more out of project results and maximising projects' impact. Platforms are also connected to the EUSBSR by involving coordinators.

Each of the platforms has a different approach: ResQU2 (increasing emergency preparedness related to sea shipping), Blue platform (dealing with different aspects of blue bio-economy), BSR Access (deals with TEN-T transport corridors), BSR Water (holistic water management), SuMaNu (better nutrient management in farming) and CSHIPP (cleaner shipping).

Read more about the platforms here.

New tools for cooperation throughout ESI funds and instruments

This event, organised by Interact, is aimed at pointing out what is the current situation for the use and implementation tools for cooperation throughout ESI funds and instruments and – as well – to identify future perspectives for the (simplified) use of new tools for cooperation and development, also in the framework of the EU macro-regional strategies.

Objectives of the event are among others:


  • Presenting legislative framework for the implementation of co-operation in IGJ/ESI Funds and rationale for cooperation,
  • Presenting the current state of play, experiences and future perspectives for the (simplified) use of new tools for cooperation and development,
  • Outline the possibilities and examples for embedding cooperation in programmes funded by ESI Funds, also in the framework of the EU Macro-regional strategies.

More information and registration here.


The Baltic Institute of Finland was appointed as the new coordinator of the Policy Area Innovation in the EUSBSR National Coordinators' meeting in Copenhagen September 26 2018.

The EUSBSR Communication Point had a chance to interview the new PA Innovation Coordinator Esa Kokkonen about the appointment and future plans.


What does the appointment as EUSBSR PA Innovation Coordinator mean to you?

This is an important acknowledgement for Baltic Institute of Finland and for its long-time and active work for innovation cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. We feel privileged and grateful for this opportunity and important EUSBSR task, as we have actively contributed to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and its flagship projects since the initiation of the strategy in the European Parliament in 2005.


What are your next steps from here as a new coordinator?

In 2018-2020, a special focus of PA INNO activities will be on regional innovation ecosystems and smart specialization, digitalization related research cooperation, kickstart activities e.g. on real-time economy concept and talent management, as well as on related capacity building. New areas and topics of innovation cooperation are identified and supported on a process basis. The activities are based on the PA INNO Strategy Guide 2016-2020. Cooperation with other Policy Areas will be also emphasized, as well as exchange with other EU macro-regional strategies. Various PA INNO events will be organized already in Autumn 2018, e.g. on capacity building and smart specialization.  


After this appointment, PA Innovation is now coordinated by Reet Reismaa (left), Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in Estonia, Esa Kokkonen, The Baltic Institute of Finland and Tomasz Jalukowicz, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland.


Read also about the appointment on the Baltic Institute of Finland website.




The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is created to strengthen cooperation between countries bordering the Baltic Sea.

Save the sea, connect the region and increase prosperity – this is our common field of work.

By the #EUSBSRBetterTogether! campaign starting today and promoting this cooperation framework we want to highlight the importance of working together to ensure further growth in our region and face future challenges.

Stay tuned for the updates on EUSBSR Facebook page and Twitter account and follow the #EUSBSRBetterTogether!



The 10th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR will be held in Gdańsk on 12-13th June 2019. The Forum will be hosted by the Pomorskie Region together with the Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation in close cooperation with the European Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and other partners.

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About 800 participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and businesses will come together to discuss developments and challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.

Please book the date in your calendar and visit Gdańsk – city of freedom and solidarity - in June 2019! More information will soon follow at the EUSBSR website.


The Annual Forum is co-financed from the Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2014-2020 programme.