Applications for funding from the Nordic Working Group for Oceans and Coastal Areas

07.04.21 | Funding opportunities
The Nordic Working Group for Oceans and Coastal Areas (NHK) funds projects that improve the marine and coastal environment as per the Programme for Nordic Co-operation on the Environment and Climate 2019–2024. The Group will prioritise proposals that cover the themes listed below. The deadline for applications is 4 June 2021 (for funding in 2022).


Opportunity category
Public procurements
Fri, 04/06/2021 - 11:59 PM
Financial framework
DKK 200,000 – 400,000
Åland Islands
Faroe Islands

NHK focuses on developing a basis for Nordic initiatives to improve the marine and coastal environment. At least three Nordic countries must take part in the project, which must have a clear benefit to the Nordic Region. If a project involves the Baltic states, one of the three Nordic countries may be replaced by a Baltic partner. It is important that applications are in line with NHK’s priorities and themes for 2022. Successful projects will normally publish a final report as part of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ publication series.

Priority themes for 2022

  1. Environmental impacts from various offshore industries.
  2. Identify other measures (OECMs), besides protected areas, and evaluate the impacts on marine environments.
  3. Encourage harmonisation and implementation of e-DNA methods in marine monitoring.
  4. Cumulative effects on marine ecosystems – harmonisation/method development and joint preparation of recommendations/policy briefs, useful in management.
  5. Secondary impacts from marine acidification and increased sea temperature.

Funding applications will be assessed on the basis of:

  • Relevance and Nordic synergy
  • Quality of the project description
  • Composition and experience of the group
  • Innovative thinking within the scope of the themes for 2022
  • Communication plan for the results generated.

Project managers should clearly articulate their objectives and the problems they intend to study, specify how the project will be organised and draw up a budget to show that the project can be completed within the proposed timetable. The implementation process must be described, including the methods and networks the applicants intend to use. Relevant target groups for each proposed result must provide input into and affect processes/negotiations and be clearly identified in the application along with the communication channels the project intends to use to reach them. Applications should also be relevant to at least three Nordic nation states and/or the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland, and provide a boost to the work of the Nordic Region in international forums and negotiations.

Deliveries that must be described in the application include interim reports, the final report and a publication, which will normally be part of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ publication series. The number of working hours, fees for experts expected to take part in the project, publication costs and any other expenses incurred must be included in the budget. Productive types of meetings or digital platforms that reduce travel will be prioritised. Co-funding from multiple working groups and sectors, as well as from other funding sources, is encouraged.

Applications must be e-mailed to