Applications for international cooperation projects could have been submitted on five scientific topics. The approved project directions represent three themes: “Innovative solutions for efficient and sustainable use of resources”, “Public health and e-health” and “Regional economic development, employment, labour market regulation and social policy”. In general, research projects focus on the development of innovative solutions in the Baltic and European Economic Area regions.
Researchers at the University of Latvia intend to develop in their projects both an artificial intelligence-based monitoring programme for the care of diabetic patients and how to promote the sustainability of agriculture by improving the adaptive capacity of plants in challenging climate conditions. The Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Center will study the impact of physical activities on breast cancer prevention, Riga Technical University researchers plan to develop a concept of eggshell processing in biomaterials for bone regeneration and study the development of specialized concrete for long-term storage of hazardous waste. The Institute of Solid State Physics will work on technological solutions for aluminium waste processing to produce hydrogen for energy use, but Vidzeme University of applied Sciences will focus on research on social and economic changes in the three Baltic regions over the last hundred years.
Funding from EEA/N grants in the Baltic Research Programme provides joint research, sustainable and wide-ranging cooperation opportunities between researchers and research organizations from the Baltic States and programme countries (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) to improve the position of the Baltic States in the Baltic, Baltic and Nordic Research Area, as well as at European and international level. The programme supports the development of research-based knowledge in the Baltic States through research partnerships with researchers and research institutions in donor countries. At the same time, the programme strengthens relations with donor countries at the political level and the European level in areas of common interest.
The implementation of the Baltic Research Programme projects started on May 1, while the total available funding in Latvia until 2024 is 7.5 million euros. The implementation costs of approved projects range from 800 thousand euros to one million euros, but the total amount of approved projects funding is 7,264,540.95 euros. The total available funding for the programme in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia is 23.5 million euro. The Latvian research organizations approved in the call 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 Programme, which is financially supported by EEA/N grants. The programme promotes cooperation between research institutions of the Baltic States and research organizations in Lithuania, Estonia, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The programme is managed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia, which is responsible for the implementation of the programme in Latvia, but the State Education Development Agency is the implementer of the programme and performs project evaluation, implementation monitoring and control.
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