On 18 February 2021, the State Education Development Agency (VIAA) approved eight projects in the 3rd call of the Baltic Research Programme. European Economic Area and Norway Grants (EEA/N) funding will receive projects from the University of Latvia, Riga Technical University, Institute of Solid State Physics, Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Center, as well as Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences.
Latvian University received funding for two projects, Riga Technical University for three projects, but the Institute of Solid State Physics, but Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Center, as well as Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences each, will receive funding for one project. All eight projects were approved on the condition that minor adjustments will be made before the contract could be concluded. Altogether 81 projects were submitted in the call.
The approved collaborative research projects plan to find solutions to various challenges in the Baltic and European Economic Area regions. The projects plan to introduce a new artificial intelligence-based monitoring programme in the care of diabetic patients, study the physical activity impact for breast cancer prevention, increase agricultural sustainability by improving plant adaptability to challenging climates, create a concept for eggshell recycling to create next-generation biomaterials for bone regeneration, create solutions for recycling aluminium waste, obtaining hydrogen, which could be used in energy production, as well as create specialized concrete in which hazardous waste can be stored for a long time. It is also planned to study the changes in society and the economy in the three regions of the Baltic States during the last hundred years, which will determine the development trends in the regions.
The total available funding for the implementation of the Baltic Research Programme projects from the 2nd quarter of 2021 to 30 April 2024 is 7.5 million euros. The costs of approved projects vary from 800 thousand euros to one million euros. The total available funding for the programme in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia is 23.5 million euros. Approved Latvian research organizations will establish cooperation with partners from research institutions in Norway, Lithuania, Estonia and Iceland.
The Baltic Research Programme is one of the activities of the Research and Education Program, which is financially supported by EEA/N grants. The programme promotes co-operation between research institutions of the Baltic States and research organizations in Lithuania, Estonia, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The program is managed by the Ministry of Education and Science, which is responsible for the implementation of the programme in Latvia, but VIAA is the programme implementer and performs project evaluation, implementation monitoring and control.
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