Call for project funding applications to the Nordic Working Group for Oceans and Coastal Areas

20.04.20 | 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 3 June 2020 (for funding in 2021).


Opportunity category
Open calls
Wed, 03/06/2020 - 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 2021. Successful projects will normally publish a final report as part of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ publication series.

Themes for 2021

  1. The impact on the marine environment and its biodiversity of the utilisation of marine resources, for example by-catch from the fishing industry.
  2. The impact of the green transition on the marine environment and its biodiversity, for example from offshore renewable energy sources.
  3. The environmental impact of exhaust gas scrubber washwater effluent from shipping in Nordic waters.
  4. Risks of oil spills and/or unintentional consequences of certain types of oil-spill management, in conjunction with, for example, the Copenhagen agreement.
  5. Ecosystem-based ocean management – Nordic coordination and develop of methods for the preservation and sustainable use of natural resources.
  6. The effects of climate change, various forms or protective measures and marine protection areas on ecosystem resilience.
  7. Changes to the North Atlantic ocean circulation. Mapping available data, literature and knowledge gaps in order to improve future monitoring.

Funding applications are assessed on the basis of:

  • Relevance and Nordic synergy
  • Innovation within the scope of the themes for 2020
  • Quality of the project description and experience
  • 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 time frame. 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 nations 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. Co-funding from multiple working groups and sectors, as well as from other funding sources, is encouraged.

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

Applications must be e-mailed to

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