EARMA Conference Oslo



A unique opportunity to promote regional cooperation between scientists, research institutions, national policy makers and policy implementers


Ms Katrin Piller


  • A
    Antra Jansone
  • L
    Liga Mirlina
  • B
    Birgit Jacobsen
  • J
    Jurate Deviziene
  • P
    Pille Pikker


EARMA Conference Oslo

Format: Fifteen-Minute Discussion Tables

Topic: International


We want to promote our joint international cooperation programme - the Baltic Research Programme funded by EEA Grants - by sharing our best practices and experiences that this programme has given us.

• It has attracted a huge interest and developed a new and direct collaboration between researchers in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Norway in a joint research programme.
• It addresses common challenges of the Baltic region by promoting closer cooperation between the Baltics and facilitating cooperation with donor countries.
• It is a significant incentive for researchers to gain new experience in leading large-scale international projects, as well as to expand collaboration and achieve new scientific results.
• Researchers from all participating countries had the opportunity to network funded by the programme before preparing project applications.
• 1 programme, but 3 open calls, launched by each of the Baltic States, which offers a unique opportunity to RMAs to work together.
• One strategic decision-making body - a joint programme committee consisting of scientific experts from Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.

• The atmosphere of communication and collaboration between colleagues in the partner countries is effective, regular and inspiring.
• The programme community could be portrayed as a friendly and helpful multicultural family that reflects creativity, knowledge sharing and enthusiasm.
• Regular exchange of information, knowledge and experience and capacity building of those involved in project implementation and monitoring.
• It is a great opportunity to support creative and diverse project teams that develop new research directions and promote international collaboration and the growth of researchers.

Challenge 1: Different practices and implementation provisions
• The knowledge and experience gained, through solving challenges related to different approaches and regulatory frameworks, to create a programme on equal terms in all three Baltic States.
• Consultations of research institutions on calls organized by other countries and their requirements, as well as advising PPs during the implementation phase.
• Establishing of institutional framework of each country for the implementation of the programme.
• Still room for improvement - simplify reporting and make the programme more researcher-friendly. Some national processes seem to hamper the progress.
Challenge 2: Timely opening of the call for proposals
• Time pressure to launch a call to allow for a more flexible time frame for project implementation.
• No one can start preparing a programme too early.
• Harmonization of documents is always more time consuming than one can expect.
• Effective cooperation between other RMAs in participating countries is crucial.
• Diversity of choices and solutions for IT systems used in different application and implementation phases.
Challenge 3: Organizing international events and remotely if needed
• Despite long experience in organizing information events and managing projects, it has nevertheless been possible to acquire new skills (eg organising a matchmaking event for more than 200 participants from different countries).
• The pandemic situation led to organising the remote events and meetings, together with a challenge to make them as effective as the real ones. It has been possible only thanks to a motivated team.
• Different implementation phases as well as planning of joint activities create a constant need for close collaboration between RMAs. Therefore, regular (online) meetings are vital to discuss current issues, share best practices and learn from each other's experiences.