Baltic TRAM

Baltic TRAM brings together research and industry in the Baltic Sea Region

Project Background

Baltic TRAM (Transnational Research Access in Macro-Region) is an Interreg VB project which aims to enhance the market uptake of innovation based on improved capacity of research and innovation infrastructures and their users. The Baltic TRAM project is one of several activities of the ScienceLink network, which is a cooperative venture involving leading universities, research centres and regional development partners in the Baltic Sea region, whose aim is to turn scientific findings into innovations more swiftly. Through Baltic TRAM and ScienceLink, the consortium strives to help set up cooperative research ventures with the indus-try in the Baltic Sea region which can benefit both sides.

The challenge behind Baltic TRAM is that investments in RI do not reflect sustainable demand, do not sufficiently acknowledge the Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) of areas, and do not effectively promote meaningful interactions between RI and businesses. Moreover, the community in connection to RI is weak. Furthermore, funding programmes for SMEs on a national and transnational level for user-inspired basic research are missing. It is a social challenge to speed up the implementation of research results from the basics and to apply research in the industry. The Science Link project, co-financed by the Interreg IV B programme 2011-2014, has shown that more cooperation is needed on a national level combined with international cooperation.

Importance of the project for Kainuu

Baltic TRAM project is a follow up of the Science Link project. Science Link taught us that analytic research, like material research and measurements are useful to a very wide range of businesses, but, businesses often ignore analytical research benefits. In Baltic TRAM we are systematising the Science Link approach, and we are focusing on the benefits of analytic research tailored to different industries. SMEs will be invited to benefit from the project by receiving material research services. The scientific component will be supported by the University of Turku's Physics Department. The results of the measurement experiments will indicate the improvements businesses will need to make. Once we know such improvement needs, we will cooperate and support each single business towards the next required steps.

Baltic TRAM is also establishing a data base, in cooperation with the CSC data centre, in which the collective results of the experiments will be made available to researchers and businesses.

Project objectives

Baltic TRAM will focus on investments in research infrastructures and on strengthening cooperation between research institutions and business. It will enhance dialogue between industrial users and researchers in order to streamline R&D intensive investments in innovation and link them to concrete industrial needs. The ambition of the project is to develop a "Smart Cooperation" strategy, to be formulated on the basis of the national research strategies and fed into the regional research and innovation agenda.

The overall objective of the project is to boost innovation, secure the implementation of the smart specialisation strategy and encourage entrepreneurship by supporting small and medium sized enterprise – thus contributing to the regional effort of making the Baltic Sea Region innovative, sustainable and competitive. The specific objective is to secure sustainable demand for research infrastructure, to address the concept of open data access, and to ensure the existence of cooperation structures between analytical research institutes and companies at national, regional and international level.

The project will establish national Industrial Research Centres to serve as interfaces between analytical research institutes and companies. Invited companies will be provided with consultations and access to research facilities to test their ideas and products. Furthermore, the project will provide a benchmarking analysis on the national roadmaps for research infrastructures and smart specialisation strategies, and provide recommendations to policymakers.

Project partners

The project is funded through the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme and involves 15 project partners as well as five associated organisations. The project partners are:

(PP = Project Partner)

  • DESY Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrontron (DE), PP1 - Lead Partner
  • University of Latvia (LV), PP2
  • University of Turku (FI), PP3
  • Kainuun Etu Oy (FI), PP4
  • Invest in Skåne (SE), PP5
  • University of Southern Denmark (DK), PP6
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material-und Küstenforschung GmbH (DE), PP7
  • Jagiellonian University (PL), PP8
  • Polish Academy of Sciences (PL), PP9
  • Foundation of Innovative Initiatives (PL), PP10
  • Baltic Development Forum (DK), PP11
  • University of Tartu (EE), PP12
  • Permanent International Secretariat of Council of the Baltic Sea States, CBSS (SE), PP13
  • Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (LT), PP14
  • Innovation Skåne AB (SE), PP15

    Other associated organisations in the project:

    (AO = Associated Organisation)
  • European Spallation Source (SE), AO1
  • European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility GmbH (DE), AO2
  • Semiconductor Physics Institute, Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (LT), AO3
  • STRING Partnership (DK), AO4
  • Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference BSPC (DE), AO5

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    Project information
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    Interreg Europe: #R002 Baltic TRAM

    Implementation time:

    01.03.2016 - 28.02.2019


    4 157 173€
    ERDF 75%
    Other funding 25%


    Interreg Baltic Sea Region -Programme

    Kainuun Etu on palkittu Euroopan parhaana aluekehitysyhtiönä 2016