Nordic Working Group for Chemicals, Environment, and Health (NKE) – Open Calls 2023

26.04.22 | Funding opportunities
Projects must revolve around the objectives outlined in the Programme for Nordic Co-operation on the Environment and Climate 2019–2024, contribute to the goals of Our Vision 2030 and meet the conditions in the guidelines for applications for project funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers.


Opportunity category
Open calls
Tue, 24/05/2022 - 11:59 PM
Financial framework
Up to DKK 400,000 per project, total budget approx. DKK 3 million
Faroe Islands
Åland Islands

Who is eligible to apply?

Applications are welcome from universities, institutes and organisations in all parts of the Nordic Region. Projects must involve participants from at least three Nordic countries, or at least two and a country from outside the Nordic Region.


The deadline for applications is 24 May 2022. Applications must be submitted by e-mail to the NKE coordinator Heiðrún Guðmundsdóttir. ( Appendices must be attached to the application form.

Priorities 2023

The Nordic Working Group for Chemicals, Environment, and Health (NKE) has two main priorities as laid out in Chapter 4 of the Programme for Nordic Co-operation on the Environment and Climate 2019–2024: international co-operation and studying the composition of chemicals/the risks they pose. NKE seeks to reduce and prevent damage to health and the environment from hazardous substances, which is an important part of the efforts to achieve several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Agenda 2030.  NKE has also drawn up a list with an overview of strategy and priorities for work with chemicals. Referred to as ‘NKE’s inspiration list for work on chemicals’, it is intended as inspiration for funding applicants. 

Priority will be given to projects that involve:

  • Working together on environmental and climate policy in a way that contributes to sustainable development in the Nordic Region, to Vision 2030 and to a green Nordic Region, EU and world
  • Working together at international negotiations and actively and ambitiously following up on the implementation of international environmental and climate agreements
  • Concentrating on the integration of the SDGs into work on Agenda 2030
  • Improving knowledge of substances, their properties and the risks inherent in their use and deploying this knowledge to promote the substitution of hazardous substances
  • Promoting group approaches to hazardous substances under the EU regulations on chemicals
  • Limiting and minimising the risks involved in using hazardous substances
  • Making information on the chemicals in materials, goods and waste accessible and using it to prevent damage to the environment and health
  • Working together on the supervision of chemicals in goods and products, in recycling and in e-commerce
  • Working at global level for stricter targets and strategies for chemicals and waste in order to limit the spread of particularly hazardous substances at international level
  • Improving the dissemination of information on hazardous substances
  • Studying the presence and effect of chemicals in the northern regions and the Arctic.


Priority will also be given to areas covered by the Nordic co-operation programme 2019–2024 that relate to chemicals, e.g. promoting resource-efficient and non-toxic lifecycles.


Projects addressing environmental policy themes related to chemicals in the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Arctic Co-operation Programme and the programme for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers 2023 will also be considered.

Please direct any questions to the coordinator:, tel.: +354 591 2028/+354 822 4028.

As a first step, please read the Nordic Council of Ministers’ general guidelines for applying for project funding and the specific guidelines for the environmental sector.

Fill in the application form:

Once your application is ready: