On August 26, 2020, the State Education and Development Agency (VIAA) and the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia (IZM) are organizing Baltic Research Programme 3rd call launching event in Latvia, which is financed by European Economic Area and Norway (EEA/N) grant, to introduce more than 300 potential project applicants to the call requirements.
Scientists, applicants for a scientific degree, doctoral students and project managers from scientific institutions in Latvia, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Estonia, Lithuania, as well as other countries participate in the launching event of the Baltic research program Latvian 3rd call to get acquainted with the competition conditions, five topics and their subtopics, challenges and priorities, strategic settings, preparation and submission of project applications, as well as information on the progress of programme implementation in Estonia and Lithuania. During the implementation of the program, three open calls have already been announced: one in Estonia, one in Lithuania and now also in Latvia.
The launching event will be attended by the Ambassador of Norway to Latvia, His Excellency Kristian Ødegaard, who emphasized Norway’s role and importance in the social and economic growth of the Baltic States: “The time of Covid-19 has shown that we need to work together for better results. We want to support scientists from the Baltic States and Norway and jointly develop research that benefits society. ” Dmitrijs Stepanovs, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Science, Dita Traidās, Director of VIAA, as well as experts of the Ministry of Education and Science and representatives of the Baltic Research Program from the Baltic States and Norway also participate in the event. A representative of the Research Council of Norway will inform about the strategic settings of the program.
VIAA experts talk about the preparation of project applications and the submission procedure. VIAA director Dita Traidās emphasizes: “The Baltic Research Programme in Latvia provides our researchers with a unique opportunity to cooperate and exchange experiences between the Baltic States and donor countries. Using this opportunity, we will be able to improve the research performance of the Baltic States at the international level, as well as create sustainable cooperation with the scientific institutions involved in the implementation of the programme. ”
Experts from the Ministry of Education and Science informed about the priorities of the competition, as well as five competition topics and sub-topics: public health and e-health, migration and social inclusion, cybersecurity and public safety, regional economic development, employment, labour market regulation and social policy and innovative solutions for effective and sustainable use of resources.
Cooperation project applications can be submitted electronically using the VIAA system rsgrants.viaa.gov.lv until October 19, 2020. More information about the competition, as well as related documents
The recording of the opening event will be available on the VIAA Youtube channel
The Baltic Research Program is one of the activities of the EEA/N Financial Instrument Program “Research and Education”, which strengthens Baltic research cooperation. The total funding of the program is 23,5 million. 7,541,272 euros have been allocated for the Latvian competition.
The manager of the EEA/N grant programme “Research and Education” is the Ministry of Education and Science, which is responsible for the implementation of the program in Latvia. VIAA, as the implementer of the program, selects project applications, decides on the approval of project applications, enters into an agreement with the co-financing recipient and performs supervision and control of the implementation of projects co-financed by the program.
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