The EU FP6 funded project Boosting Baltic FP6 ended January 2007. The project was based on close cooperation between the National Contact Points (NCPs) in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland and between ScanBalt, Steinbeis Team Northeast, Germany, and VINNOVA, Sweden. The project hosted a series of 14 workshops and seminars with more than 600 participants. Some of the workshops focussed directly on knowledge transfer and practical preparation on FP6 / FP7 issues, like proposal writing, consortium building and project management. “It was a new and very rewarding way of getting prepared to write EC application”, said the researcher Dr.Olga Mutere from the Latvian Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology. The workshops resulted in several projects submission to FP6 and FP7. Polish partner Anna Pytko, IPPT PAN, said: „We are very satisfied, 3 projects from Poland have already been funded and are successfully running. Our Polish Life Sciences community is now well informed and ready to participate in the first FP7 calls”. Anna Pytko continues: „e-guide, elaborated in the project, has been very helpfull to the first time applicants for FP, this guide has stimulated many researchers from Baltics and Poland to prepare and submit their proposals to EC”. Please find the e-guide at: http://www.scanbalt.org/FP7guide Dace Tirzite from the Latvian NCP pointed to another aspect of the project - the lift of NCP competences. She said: „An especially valuable part for the NCP partners was the „Evaluation exercise of real project proposals within Life Sciences”. This part of the training was coordinated by VINNOVA and Steinbeis Team Northeast. Melis Kadaja, NCP for Life Science in Estonia noted that besides boosting the networking between researchers in the region, the Boosting Baltic Expert Panel contributed greatly to the success of the workshops by sharing their immense knowledge to the scientific community. The development of a ScanBalt partner search guide has been part of the project. Lise Vinkel, ScanBalt comments: “The ScanBalt Yellow Pages is of great value to the region and beyond, providing a window to Baltic Sea Region on Life Sciences competences”. The coordintor Frank Grage from Steinbeis Team Northeast summarized: „The Boosting Baltic project partners developed very usefull tools and most important a personal and professional network that endures after the end of the project”.
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