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

06.04.22 | 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 24 May 2022 (for funding in 2023).


Opportunity category
Financial framework
DKK 200,000 to DKK 400,000
Faroe Islands
Åland Islands

NHK concentrates 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 for which an application is submitted, which must have a clear benefit to the Nordic Region. If a project application involves the Baltic countries, one of the three Nordic countries may be replaced by one of the Baltic countries. It is important that the project’s objectives are in line with NHK’s priority themes for project funding in 2023. Successful projects will normally publish a final report as part of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ publication series.

Priority themes for 2023

1. Compilation of solutions for restoration of marine habitats and/or fish populations.


2. Environmental impacts from fish farming and other sorts of offshore aquaculture, as well as innovative measures to prevent these impacts.


3. Exchange of information between the Nordic countries regarding marine collection and management of fishing gear, such as picking up nets and trawls from other vessels.


4. Examination/survey of the presence of hazardous substances in marine mammals in Nordic waters by using non-target analysis.


5. The impact of impulsive and continuous underwater noise on marine life and/or investigation of effective measures to reduce its impact on marine life.


6. Analysis and risk assessment of the total contribution from hazardous substances discharged from ship scrubbers in Arctic and Nordic waters.


7. Negative impacts (threat, damage and costs) from invasive species in Nordic and/or Arctic waters.


8. Ocean literacy – compilation of Nordic activities in this field and suggestions for future collaboration.


9. Nordic co-operation: marine spatial planning for ecosystem protection by using areas beyond marine borders and international waters – BBNJ (Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction)


10. Impacts from extreme precipitation on marine ecosystems in coastal areas.


11. Secondary effects of marine acidification and increased temperatures, i.e. changes in the toxicity of substances.

Funding applications will be assessed on the following basis:

  • Relevance and Nordic synergy
  • Quality of the project description
  • Composition and experience of the group
  • Innovative thinking within the scope of the themes for 2023
  • 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 countries and/or the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland, and support 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. Effective meeting solutions 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.

The normal range is DKK 200,000 to DKK 400,000.

Applications must be e-mailed to

The deadline for applications is 24 May 2022 (for funding in 2023).

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