“BSR Stars” and “StarDust” form smart alliances in the Baltic Sea Region

A EUR 6.5 million project, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is uniting research environments, clusters and SME networks to create innovative partnerships that address common societal challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.

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The BSR Stars programme is a joint effort involving some 40 stakeholders from ten countries’ ministries and national innovation agencies. The countries involved are Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden. It is expected that the programme will lead to new types of collaboration with the aim of developing new products, services and business models for global markets.

Strengthening competitiveness and growth

The programme aims at strengthening competitiveness and economic growth in the Baltic Sea Region. This will be achieved by fostering transnational linkages between specialised research and innovation nodes, leading to strategic innovation alliances to tackle challenges related to health, energy, sustainable transport, and digital services.

The development of the BSR Stars programme builds on the networks within the BSR InnoNet project, knowledge from leading researchers in innovation, and the latest EU policies and instruments. The programme is also part of the EU's Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and contributes to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy.

StarDust and its 5 pilots

The StarDust project is seen as the first step towards realising the overall long-term goals of BSR Stars. StarDust has focused on testing collaborative methods and policy support in a set of five transnational innovation partnerships or pilots: Active for Life, Clean Water, Comfort in Living, MarChain and Mobile Vikings. Each partnership brings together researchers, clusters, SME networks and public actors from different countries, combining different perspectives and areas of expertise.

“Over three years, the BSR Stars and StarDust projects have managed to engage over 800 small and medium sized enterprises. The future will see BSR Stars strengthening its governance structure, while further developing the successful networks that have been created.”

Karin Nygård Skalman, Programme Director BSR Stars.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “BSR Stars” is EUR 19 000 000, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 5 000 000 through the Baltic Sea Region Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period.

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