Nordic Council of Ministers and Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat have published the Nordic Bioeconomy Programme: 15 Action Points for Sustainable Change, which combines environmental, social and economic ambitions for a more sustainable Region. The bioeconomy is of fundamental importance to the national economies of the Nordic countries, and especially important for rural development in large parts of the Region. The programme aims to create new industries and value chains and to facilitate and guide the transition of bio-based industries into technology advanced industries, and to optimise the production and value creation of biomass. The programme sets out a vision for the Nordic bioeconomy based on four pillars:
- competitive bio-based industries
- sustainable resource management
- resilient and diverse ecosystems
- inclusive economic development
To reach this vision, the programme defines 15 action points under three thematic areas: Innovate – Accelerate – Network. The focus is on development of new policies on regional, national and Nordic level, for increased funding, better education, labelling and certificates, bioeconomy clusters and several other areas. The programme also contains an appendix with sustainability principles that can be seen as a step towards developing common ground and good practices for a sustainable bioeconomy in the Nordic Region.
Nordic Council of Ministers has published a reprint of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ State of the Nordic Region 2018 about the Nordic Bioeconomy.
- Refsgaard, Karen
- Teräs, Jukka
- Kull, Michael
- Oddsson, Geir
- Jóhannesson, Torfi
- Kristensen, Iryna
The Rapidly Developing Nordic Bioeconomy is a reprint of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ State of the Nordic Region 2018. The new bioeconomy, and the general shift from a fossil-based to a bio-based economy, is an area with vast potential for the entire Nordic Region, although it is more relevant to some geographical areas than to others.
The publication maps the scale and distribution of bio-based industries, such as forestry, fisheries, aquaculture and biogas production and contains informative and concise description of the Nordic Bioeconomy.
You can find the publication here
Arctic Business Analysis is a joint publication in English by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Arctic Economic Council.
The report – Arctic Business Analysis – identifies the need to develop and promote the spirit of entrepreneurialism in the Arctic and calls for work to be done to publicise the business opportunities in the region and to showcase it as an attractive and sustainable market for investment and economic development. In 2016, the Nordic Cooperation Ministers decided to put more emphasis on economic development in the Arctic within the Arctic Cooperation Program of the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The Nordic Council of Ministers partnered up with the Arctic Economic Council in carrying out an Arctic Business Analysis. The aim was to qualify knowledge on the business environment in the Nordic Arctic and how to take the business environment to a next level.
The analysis covers 1) Entrepreneurship and Innovations; 2) Public- Private Partnerships & Business Cooperation; 3) Bio-economy, and 4) Creative and Cultural Industries.
The general findings of the analysis are:
- a need for an increased collection and dissemination of Arctic specific data;
- a need for strengthened cross-border business collaboration between regions and actors in the Arctic; and
- a need for a positive branding of the Arctic as an attractive and sustainable market for investments and economic development.
You can download the report on the Nordic Council of Ministers' website.
The Culture and Art Programme supports Nordic cooperation within art and culture. The general aim is to provide support to innovative projects of high artistic and cultural merit, that promote a multifaceted and sustainable Nordic region.
The programme grants funding to projects within all areas of art and culture, in all project phases. You can apply for funding for projects that invest in cultural and artistic productions and creative work and to arrange and implement projects that build knowledge within the field of art and culture.
03.02.2017 - 06.03.2017
18.08.2017 - 20.09.2017
Read more on the Nordic Culture Point website.
Mobility Funding is part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture. The overall objective of the programme is to enhance cultural and artistic collaboration in the Nordic and Baltic countries by supporting traveling, networking and residential activities.
Mobility Funding is granted for travels and stays within the Nordic region and the Baltic states. It provides individuals and small groups with access to contacts and sources of inspiration, skills and knowledge in different parts of the region. It also provides an opportunity to present artistic and cultural productions and increase interest in Nordic and Baltic arts and culture.
12.01.2017 - 13.02.2017
03.03.2017 - 06.04.2017
21.07.2017 - 22.08.2017
22.09.2017 - 23.10.2017
Read more on the Nordic Culture Point website.
The Nordic Committee for Children and Young People (NORDBUK) is the Nordic Council of Ministers’ advisory and co-ordinating body for issues relating to children and young people.
NORDBUK funds projects involving children and young people and has established a dedicated programme for this purpose. The main objectives of the grant programme are to strengthen children and young people's organising capabilities, to enhance their influence and participation in political processes, as well as nurturing a sense of Nordic identity.
The target group consists of children and young people under the age of 30 in the Nordic Region.
09.01.2017 - 06.02.2017
31.03.2017 - 03.05.2017
08.09.2017 - 09.10.2017
Please visit the Nordic Culture Point website for more information.
The Nordic Welfare Centreis an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers. Its mission is to enhance social policy work in the Nordic countries through education, public information, research and development, networking and international co-operation. The institution has now published its first issue of a research magazine "Nordisk välfärdsforskning".
The magazine site is in Norwegian but following English articles can be downloaded:
- The Norwegian policy to reduce health inequalities: key challenges
- ‘All’s well in Iceland?’ Austerity measures, labour market initiatives, and health and well-being of children
- Health inequalities – a challenge for the social investment welfare state
- Reducing health inequalities in Finland: progressing or regressing?
Please visit the website to download the articles.
A holistic take on climate solutions
Sustainable building and liveable, smart and sustainable cities are a priority area in the Nordic collaboration, which offers many examples of comprehensive solutions with people in focus. In this edition of “Green Growth the Nordic Way” you can learn about how smart Nordic energy solutions to common urban issues shorten the route towards the Nordic carbon-neutral scenario – a scenario that need not cost the earth to implement.
The Nordic market is a living laboratory for climate-smart solutions. In a preview of the Nordic Green to Scale project, we present some Nordic low-carbon success stories that, if they were scaled up in other parts of the world, could make a substantial contribution to attainment of the goals in the Paris Agreement. You can also read about the Nordic Prime Ministers’ initiative for tackling climate change and other global challenges.
Download the publication on this website.
The two-day event "Nordic Welfare States and Public Health – A Need for Transformative Change" will bring together over 200 experts from the Nordic countries.
The conference will also discuss public health and healthcare and social services reforms. Keynote speakers at the conference include Professor Franco Sassi (OECD, Imperial College Business School), Olle Lundberg (chair of the commission for Equity in Health in Sweden), Professor Gunnel Gustafsson (NordForsk), and Docent Mirjam Kalland (Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki).
The conference is one of the events under Finland's Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2016. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health organises the conference in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture and the National Institute for Health and Welfare, among others.
Follow the conference on social media with #Norden2016 and read more on the conference webpage.
The Nordic Ministers for the Environment have launched a new co-operation programme aimed at improving the state of the environment and addressing climate change in Northwest Russia. The programme will support a range of projects at the local and regional level and is expected to yield environmental benefits even in in the Nordic and Baltic regions.
The programme will be launched in early 2017 with a call for proposals targeted at non-commercial environmental and climate projects involving partners from the Nordic countries and Northwest Russia. Read more on the Norden website.
To implement the strategy for the international branding and positioning of the Nordic Region, internal and external stakeholders in Nordic co-operation are invited to apply for funding for Nordic projects and partnerships that seek to strengthen the Nordic brand internationally.
The Secretariat to the Nordic Council of Ministers was tasked by the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation with developing a strategy for the international branding and positioning of the Nordic Region (branding project). As part of the implementation of this strategy, both internal and external stakeholders in Nordic co-operation are now invited to apply for funding for Nordic projects and partnerships that seek to strengthen the Nordic brand internationally.
Read more on the Nordic Council website.
Network funding is part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture. The overall objective of the programme is to enhance cultural and artistic collaboration in the Nordic and Baltic countries by funding travel, networking and residential visits.
The idea behind funding networking activities is to make it possible for people in the arts and culture in the Nordic and Baltic countries to work together, forge partnerships and learn from each other. Two different types of funding are available: short-term network funding and long-term network funding.
19.01.2017 - 21.02.2017
28.08.2017 - 28.09.2017
Read more on the Norden website.
The application process for a new public co-operation programme between the Nordic Region and Russia will open on 3 October. The programme forms part of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ latest efforts with regard to co-operation with Russia, as adopted by the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation at the start of the year. On Tuesday, a budget of DKK 6 million for 2016 was set aside for a co-operation programme which aims to increase stability, security, and development in the region.
Read more about the programme and application process on Norden website.
Arctic Expertise in Nordic Cooperation -seminar was organised by the Finnish Prime Minister's Office on September 5th, 2016. The seminar's main purpose was to deepen cooperation between and among actors in the arctic region. Former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen and Risto E. J. Penttilä, CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce talked in the second part of the seminar. Please see the webcast on Finnish Government website.
The rationale behind this work is the idea that Nordic experiences and practices of green financing could be relevant in a global context – to both G20 and non-G20 countries. Nordic solutions – including technology, market expertise, policy measures and financing models – that have proven successful in a domestic and/or a regional context are explored and assessed in terms of their applicability to international markets. The objective is to identify solutions that can be scaled up in the short and medium term to accelerate the transformation towards a green(er) financial system.
Download the report on Norden website.
The Call for proposals for the Nordic Master programme is now open until 22nd September 2016. The Nordic Master (NM) is the Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding programme, which offers financing for joint Nordic Master’s programmes based on research, excellence and high quality.
Read more from UArctic Research website.
The Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme in Education and Research supports joint cooperation projects between higher education and research institutions in Russia and the Nordic Countries. In its meeting on June 20, 2016, the joint Nordic-Russian Working Group granted support to 14 higher education projects.
Among the 14 funded projects there are several Northern Dimension Institute network members - congratulations!
Please see the full list of funded projects from Programme website.
NordForsk will soon launch a call Education for Tomorrow: Inclusive Education Across Borders: Research projects oriented towards practice and policy. Please note: the call will be launched tentatively December 2016, pending funding can be obtained for the call. Application deadline: April 2017 (tentatively).
The objective of this call is to broadly explore the many and various research questions related to inclusive education.
NordForsk is administering the call in collaboration with the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO, which is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, NWO).
Applications should be for projects with a duration of three years. All applications must be submitted via the NordForsk online application portal. The call will be on the portal tentatively December 2016.
For more information, see the call pre-announcement.
Source: UArctic website.
NordForsk and the Nordic Council of Ministers’ office in Latvia, are organizing a workshop to help inform the scope and development of a possible international research cooperation aimed at understanding and addressing current debates surrounding societal security in the Nordic and Baltic countries.
The workshop will be held in the “Glass Hall” of Hotel Bergs, Riga, Latvia.
Attendance is by invitation only.
Registration and more information available at NordForsk website.
The Nordic countries have committed themselves to ambitious climate goals towards 2050 in terms of developing energy efficient and low-carbon societies. To achieve these goals, extensive green transitions are needed in all areas of the Nordic societies and economies, facilitated by promoting green economic growth, sustainability and competitiveness in both the public and the private sectors.
The main research and innovation funders in the Nordic countries are now launching the joint Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme (hereafter “the programme”) in cooperation with NordForsk, Nordic Innovation and Nordic Energy Research.
The programme will cover innovation, research and energy, as well as science and technology. The programme will generate Nordic added value and create synergies with relevant initiatives nationally and at the Nordic level.
Application period ends in 16.08.2016 - 10:00 CET
The total budget amounts to NOK 73 million.
Funding decision: mid-November 2016. Project start-up: Q1 2017.
Find more information about the Programme from the NordForsk website.
NordForsk is now announcing the fourth call under the Nordic Programme on Health and Welfare. The call is targeted towards Nordic register-based research. Application deadline is 5 October 2016 at 13:00 CET.
The Nordic Programme on Health and Welfare is a collaborative effort between Denmark (the Danish Council for Independent Research | Medical Sciences), Finland (The Academy of Finland), Iceland (The Icelandic Centre for Research Rannís), Norway (The Research Council of Norway), Sweden (The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare Forte and The Swedish Research Council) and NordForsk.
The overall goal of the Nordic Programme on Health and Welfare is to improve health in the Nordic countries by finding solutions to societal and public health challenges through high-quality research.
The call is targeted towards Nordic register-based research. The research should address societal challenges and use register data from combined data sources (i.e. both socio-economic and health-related data). User involvement and perspectives should be taken into account.
More information from NordForsk website.
The Nordic Region’s relationship with the EU was a key topic of discussion at a meeting of the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation in Copenhagen on 1 July. Much of the Nordic countries’ legislation is affected by EU legislation. From early 2016, increasing focus has been placed on how EU legislation is implemented in the Nordic countries.
The Ministers for Nordic Co-operation engaged in an extended discussion on this topic at their meeting. The discussion was marked by the lack of clarity following the British referendum on the country’s withdrawal from the EU.
The three Nordic members of the EU – Denmark, Finland, and Sweden – stressed the importance of avoiding the adoption of regional positions in relation to European co-operation. Nevertheless, it is still both possible and important that the Nordic countries strengthen their co-operation as much as possible, including on EU legislation affecting key Nordic issues.
See more from Norden
Late 2016, NordForsk will launch a new instrument for Nordic university co-operation, with a call for proposals open to Nordic universities and university colleges that perform research. The overall goal of the new funding instrument is to strengthen international competitiveness and facilitate the development of world leading research environments in the Nordic region.
The new instrument will provide funding for activities that facilitate co-operation within selected areas of high quality, strengthening the excellence of the academic field and providing Nordic added value. The collaboration should be supported by the strategies of the collaborating universities, and include for example mobility, guest-researchers, workshops, seminars, conferences, and higher education.
Nordic universities and university colleges that perform research are eligible to apply. Participation from at least three different Nordic countries is obligatory.
The NordForsk budget for the call is MNOK 20 annually in total, with a requirement of long-term contributions from the participating universities or university colleges. The funding is competitive and time limited, and it is expected that 5-7 consortia of Nordic universities and/or university colleges that perform research will be funded.
Further details and specifications will be given when the full call text is published in NordForsk website.
NordForsk is announcing an opening for the position of Senior/Special Adviser on research policy to strengthen the organisation’s competency in research policy and relevant national and Nordic decision-making processes.
Applications with CVs should be submitted as soon as possible.
Please find further information here.