Academic collaboration in the Baltic Sea region

The Swedish Institute (SI) offers funding to Swedish universities, for projects together with their partners in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Universities from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland may also be involved. The overall thematic area is strengthened capacity for internationalization within higher education and research. The call is open to new as well as already established partnerships.
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Overview

Academic collaboration in the Baltic Sea region is a SI funding programme, aimed at strengthening the macro-regional experience-sharing and joint development of practices, methodology and capacity for internationalization within higher education and research.

The programme offers project funding of two types, both of which with a Swedish university as the main applicant to SI. While the primary target group is key personnel at higher educational institutions (incl. researchers, teachers and other staff), also other types of organizations and expertise may be involved, depending on the project idea.

The call opens 1 June 2021 and closes 30 September 2021.

Seed project

  • Max. project duration 12 months
  • Grant amount between SEK 100,000 – 300,000
  • The main applicant has to be a Swedish university.
  • At least one partner from one other country of priority
  • Max. 10 partners in total (excl. main applicant)

Collaborative project

  • Max. project duration 18 months
  • Grant amount between SEK 500,00 – 1,000,000
  • The main applicant has to be a Swedish university.
  • At least partners from two other countries of priority
  • Max. 10 partners in total (excl. main applicant)

Which countries are included?

The programme focus is collaboration between universities in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine. These are countries of priority. Other countries that may be involved are Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. These are considered as additional countries, which may be involved if it strengthens the partnership with important experiences and/or certain required capacities. Only one partner from the group additional countries per project is eligible for funding using the SI grant.

  • Countries of priority: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus*, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine
  • Additional countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
* At the moment, SI cannot provide funding to projects which include public sector actors in Belarus (for example universities, institutes, agencies and municipalities). Non-governmental organisations from Belarus may still participate in the projects.

Who can apply?

The main applicant to SI must represent a Swedish university, but the application should be prepared jointly together in the partnership. The main applicant acts as project leader and is also the main contact for SI during the project duration.

More information

More information, including project guidelines and detailed steps on how to apply to SI, may be retrieved at the Swedish version of this website  when the call is open. The guidelines for project budgeting (incl. budget areas, examples of eligible costs, information on roles/responsibilities, and forwarding of funds within the partnership) is also available in English, as a separate document: Guidelines Chapter 8 in English.

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