Swedish Institute Seed Funding

13.12.2016 |

Applications for the 2016/2017 round of seed funding from the Swedish Institute, for Baltic Sea Region collaborations are now open! Funding call closes 1st February 2017!

The Swedish Institute is offering seed funding to launch and encourage new project collaborations with Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. There are also possibilities for projects collaborating in Moldova and Georgia.

The funding is offered under the framework for collaboration in the Baltic Sea region. The project activities should contribute to economically, environmentally and socially sustainable growth in the region. Projects should encourage ecological sustainability and promote sustained growth and development from increased prosperity in the Baltic Sea region.

See the clip above about one project that was granted SI Seed Funding

Projects that address challenges to the region through establishing new or expanding existing networks are encouraged to apply. The project’s activities must create conditions for long-lasting sustainable relations between organisations in the Baltic Sea region as well as develop their international relations there, improve their competence in Baltic Sea region cooperation and increase knowledge in their collaborative field.

The basis of activities for developing relations is the meeting between individuals and organisations whose aim is to support and stimulate the development of mutual and sustainable relations, partnerships and alliances. The projects are to be based on a clear needs analysis and take an innovative approach in the region – for instance, this could involve collaboration in new constellations, with new methods, or on a new theme.

It is also important that the project address a challenge in one of the following documents – the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, the EU’s Eastern Partnership or the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan – or be in line with ambitions for a closer partnership with other countries in the Baltic Sea region, including Russia.

Applicants can apply for up to SEK 500,000 in funding. Please note that the main applicant must be a Swedish organisation. The 2016/2017 call for applications is now open. This funding call closes on the 1st February 2017.

For more detailed information about how to apply and what an application should include, see the application instructions for seed funding. All applicants are recommended to contact the Swedish Institute’s Programme Managers for discussions before submitting an application.

Who Can Apply for Funding and Take Part in Projects?

The main applicant must always be a Swedish organisation, however a partnership may be forged between a range of organisations, such as those listed below.

  • Local authorities, regional authorities, regional development councils and county councils
  • Government agencies
  • Institutions of higher learning and research institutes
  • Business and trade organisations
  • Companies
  • NGOs
  • Intergovernmental organisations

Organisations from other countries in the Baltic Sea region – Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Iceland – are welcome to join the partnership, but the Swedish Institute does not provide any funding for their participation.

You can read more about previously approved projects here to get an idea of what projects may be relevant for support. The movie featured at the top of this page is from the seed funding project Winnet Centre of Excellence and one of many examples of projects that the Swedish Institute has funded.  

Swedish Institute Seed Funding Call is open until February 1st 2017. You can read more about the funding call on the Swedish Institute’s website.  

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