Exploring the Northern Dimension

Financial mechanisms

Various sources of funding and financial mechanisms are available to support multilateral cooperation in the Northern Dimension area. Some examples are provided below. 

Horizon 2020: The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Horizon 2020: The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Regional (Northern Dimension Area) Research Funding

BILAT-RUS-Advance - Project focuses on enhancing the bilateral science-, technology and innovation (STI) partnership between the Russian Federation and the EU Member States/Associated Countries

ERA.Net RUS Plus – strengthening STI links between Russia and the European Research Area

S&T Gate RUS.EU - Identify and analyse the S&T Potential of EU-Russia Cooperation

Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme in Education and Research - Aim is to support joint cooperation projects between higher education and research institutions in Russia and the Nordic Countries

NordForsk - An organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers that provides funding for Nordic research cooperation as well as advice and input on Nordic research policy

Bonus - Science for a Better Future of the Baltic Sea Region

Interreg Baltic Sea Region - an EU funding programme that facilitates transnational cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region 

National research funding agencies

The Research Council of Norway - The Research Council works to promote high-calibre research of benefit to society at large. The Council's main strategy "Research Expands Frontiers" and various other strategy plans provide an important basis for activities designed to meet this objective.

RFBR - The Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) supports the most active scientific and technical potential of the country, provides scientists of Russia with financial support, and realizes competitive funding mechanisms for scientific researches on the basis of expert estimates.

The Russian Human Science Fund - the funds' aims are the governmental support for the human science, the spread of human knowledge in the society, the revival of the national traditions of the human science.

VINNOVA - Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems - is Sweden’s innovation agency. VINNOVA aims on strengthening Sweden’s innovativeness, aiding sustainable growth and benefiting society. VINNOVA invests around SEK 2 billion per year.

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) - funds research in science, engineering and medicine via grants totalling approximately SEK 600 million annually. This amount will be increased to SEK 1 billion annually starting in 2018.

STINT - the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education

The Swedish Research Council - is an authority within the Ministry of Education and Research. The Swedish Research Council has a leading role in developing Swedish research of the highest scientific quality, thereby contributing to the development of society.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences - is an independent organisation whose overall objective is to promote the sciences and strengthen their influence in society.

The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning - The mission of Formas is to promote and support basic research and need-driven research in the areas Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning.

The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences - is an independent foundation with the goal of promoting and supporting research in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The EEA Grants and Norway Grants - represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 16 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics.

Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare - Forte funds research for people’s health, working life and welfare. Forte is a government agency under the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. Forte represents the strength and the power that our funding means for the Swedish research community and in the long run the development of the individual and society at large.

Danish Funding Programmes - Funding programmes for research and innovation

Innovation Fund Denmark - invests in new knowledge and technology creating growth and employment in Denmark

Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation provides innovation funding for companies, research organisations, and public sector service providers. Tekes' main target group consists of SMEs seeking growth in internationalisation.

Rannis - Administrator of main public competitive funds in the field of research and innovation in Iceland

Aurora database - For searching for funding opportunities in sciences, arts and culture. The database includes Finnish and foreign funding organisations and programmes, which are available for Finns or those residing in Finland.

Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) - EREF’s mission is to fund and direct scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices to benefit industry participants and the communities they serve.

Creative Europe - Programme for Europe's cultural and creative sectors from 2014

The Nordic Culture Fund  - The Nordic Culture Fund’s primary aim is to promote and invest in Nordic cultural co-operation.

International Financial Institutions (IFIs)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - The EBRD fosters transition to market economies in countries from Central and Eastern Europe to Central Asia and the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean. The EBRD is also the manager of the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership Support Fund.

European Investment Bank (EIB) - is the European Union's bank. EIB is the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the European Union Member States. It works closely with other EU institutions to implement EU policy.

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) - is an International Financial Institution established by the Nordic Governments in 1990. NEFCO provides results-based green financing. NEFCO was created – after the collapse of the Soviet Union – in order to support the Nordic countries’ efforts to increase environmental awareness in Eastern and Central Europe by providing financing to projects that reduced emissions harmful to the environment. 

Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) - NIB finances projects that improve competitiveness and the environment of the Nordic and Baltic countries. The Bank offers long-term loans and guarantees on competitive market terms to its clients in the private and public sectors. NIB is an international financial institution owned by Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. The Bank has lending operations both in and outside its member countries.

 

Arctic Yearbook 2017 - Call for Abstracts

Arctic Yearbook 2017

Call for Abstracts (deadline): 1 March 2017 (250-400 words)

Draft papers (deadline): 15 June 2017 (4000-6000 words)

The Arctic Yearbook (www.arcticyearbook.com) is calling for abstracts for the 2017 edition.

The Arctic Yearbook is an international and peer-reviewed volume, which focuses on issues of regional governance, circumpolar relations, geopolitics and security, all broadly defined. It is an open access, online publication. The Arctic Yearbook is an initiative of the Northern Research Forum’s (NRF) and University of the Arctic’s joint Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.

This year’s theme is “Change and Innovation in the Arctic: Policy, Society and Environment”. This theme is understood broadly and aims to define and describe innovation as a response to, and as a means for, change in an Arctic context. What changes are precipitating different and new ways of doing things? What innovations are needed to improve the well-being of northern societies and environments? How do we transform knowledge into action?

Topics may include, but are not limited to: knowledge dissemination and transfer in/for the Circumpolar North including tacit knowledges and oral traditions; the interface between research, policy and markets/business in the Arctic; technological and other innovations for the entire North, e.g. in housing, transportation, infrastructure, energy, health and/or education; entrepreneurship, commercialization, and SMEs (Small & Medium Sized Enterprises) in the Arctic; STEM education for the North; the role of governments in promoting innovation; connectivity, broadly defined; local innovations and scalability; creative capital in rural, remote and northern communities; as well as innovations and changes in governance and institutions; and resilience as a response to change.

Other topics of contemporary significance to regional development, northern peoples, circumpolar relations, Arctic geopolitics and security will also be welcome.

Abstracts should be 250-400 words and include author name(s), institutional affiliation and article title, to be submitted to heather.exner(a)usask.ca. The deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2017. Notice of acceptance will be provided on March 15, 2017. Articles must be submitted by June 15, 2017. Publication is planned for October 2017.

We also welcome proposals for commentaries (1-3 page opinion pieces) and briefing notes (4-7 page analyses) from experts and policymakers on current issues and events.

Read more information on Call for Abstracts here.

 

Call for Proposals (2017) for “Ageing and Place in a digitising world”

Joint Programming Initiative “More Years, Better Lives”
The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change
Call for research proposals 2017 "Ageing and place in a digitising world"
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 03 OF APRIL AT 17:00 (CET)

This Call 2017 “Ageing and place in a digitising world” is concerned with the ways in which the health and wellbeing of older people, at all stages of later life, is supported and promoted through the design of the social and physical environment, access to opportunities to learn, and the use of technologies of all kinds. As it is conventional, with “older” we here broadly refer to anyone over the age of 50: from those who are still healthy and active to those in the final stages of life, whether living at home or in long-term institutions. This group is rapidly growing in the population and the experience of later life is changing for many people. Although many older people remain very active, as they age, they are increasingly likely to have particular needs in terms of their living environment. To participate in learning and to have access to new technologies -and to be able to use them- becomes even more important as we age as our conditions, prospects and abilities are changing.

The overarching aim of our JPI is to find ways to improve the health and wellbeing of older people, to enable less-active elderly to be more engaged in social life and more active contributors to wider society, and to do this in cost-effective ways. Also, it is important to recognise the diversity of older people and to ensure that practical and policy changes do not unfairly put them at a disadvantage on the basis of factors like gender, ethnic origin, social class, location or disability.

To achieve this, we need a better understanding of how to introduce changes based on a multitude of needs in older people. We are interested, therefore, in understanding the implementation of new technologies in an inclusive manner, to help finding new solutions which accommodate individuals´ needs, aspirations and limitations, as well as the ways in which they learn and interact with others.

For more information click here.

 

First announcement: 14th International Conference “Ecological and economic problems of development of regions and countries (sustainable development, management of natural resources)”

We invite you to take part in the 14th International Conference of the Russian Society for Ecological Economics “Ecological and economic problems of development of regions and countries (sustainable development, management of natural resources)”

Date: 3.7.2017-7.7.2017
Place: Petrozavodsk, Russia
Webpage:   http://RSEE.org

RSEE-2017 Conference continues the tradition of the Russian Society for Ecological Economics (RSEE) to organize meetings of scientists, graduate and post-graduate students and professionals, where they discuss the results of basic and applied research on ecological economics.

The 14th conference in Petrozavodsk will be devoted to the discussion of topical issues in the field of sustainable development of countries and regions, methodology and practices of establishing and developing the economic mechanism of nature management and environmental protection, including payments for the use of natural resources and environmental impact, assessment and elimination of accumulated environmental damage, development of environmental target programs, management of ecological and economic systems, the problem of interactions between authorities, business and civil society, environmental safety.

Prospective thematic areas of the conference:
• environmental policy in Russia and around the world;
• economic instruments for regulating the use of natural resources and environmental protection;
• ecological and economic problems of development of northern and border regions;
• development of methods for estimation of economic damage from environmental pollution; elimination of accumulated environmental damage;
• interactions between authorities, business and the civil society in dealing with ecological and economic problems;
• environmental and economic problems of Karelia;
• the problem of resource- and energy-saving;
• the effectiveness of nature conservation activities;
• ecological-economic modeling in the field of sustainable development;
• economic environmental impact assessment and expert review.

Conference languages - Russian and English. Interpretation will be provided during sessions.

Important Dates
April 15: Submission of Abstracts (200 words) and Application Form (see below)
May 1: Acceptance notification and Second Announcement-Invitation with the rules for submission of Extended Abstracts (up to 4 pages) for publication.
May 20: Submission of Extended Abstracts, and  Early Registration
June 15: Preliminary Program

For more information, please see the first announcement.

First announcement: 14th International Conference “Ecological and economic problems of development of regions and countries (sustainable development, management of natural resources)”

We invite you to take part in the 14th International Conference of the Russian Society for Ecological Economics “Ecological and economic problems of development of regions and countries (sustainable development, management of natural resources)”

Date: 3.7.2017-7.7.2017
Place: Petrozavodsk, Russia
Webpage:   http://RSEE.org

RSEE-2017 Conference continues the tradition of the Russian Society for Ecological Economics (RSEE) to organize meetings of scientists, graduate and post-graduate students and professionals, where they discuss the results of basic and applied research on ecological economics.

The 14th conference in Petrozavodsk will be devoted to the discussion of topical issues in the field of sustainable development of countries and regions, methodology and practices of establishing and developing the economic mechanism of nature management and environmental protection, including payments for the use of natural resources and environmental impact, assessment and elimination of accumulated environmental damage, development of environmental target programs, management of ecological and economic systems, the problem of interactions between authorities, business and civil society, environmental safety.

Prospective thematic areas of the conference:
• environmental policy in Russia and around the world;
• economic instruments for regulating the use of natural resources and environmental protection;
• ecological and economic problems of development of northern and border regions;
• development of methods for estimation of economic damage from environmental pollution; elimination of accumulated environmental damage;
• interactions between authorities, business and the civil society in dealing with ecological and economic problems;
• environmental and economic problems of Karelia;
• the problem of resource- and energy-saving;
• the effectiveness of nature conservation activities;
• ecological-economic modeling in the field of sustainable development;
• economic environmental impact assessment and expert review.

Conference languages - Russian and English. Interpretation will be provided during sessions.

Important Dates
April 15: Submission of Abstracts (200 words) and Application Form (see below)
May 1: Acceptance notification and Second Announcement-Invitation with the rules for submission of Extended Abstracts (up to 4 pages) for publication.
May 20: Submission of Extended Abstracts, and  Early Registration
June 15: Preliminary Program

For more information, please see the first announcement.

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