Open call for Nordic cooperation projects on sustainability and New Nordic Food

05.02.19 | Funding opportunities
New Nordic Food has been a driving force in changing the food culture and perception of food in the Nordic countries. From a start in fine dining 15 years ago the thinking behind New Nordic Food has been democratized and disseminated to a point where today, street food, public food and home style cooking take inspiration from the New Nordic food movement.


Opportunity category
Open calls
Sun, 19/05/2019 - 11:59 PM
Financial framework
App. 1.500.000 DKK; max. 600.000 DKK/project
Åland Islands
Faroe Islands

Globally, the food system faces significant sustainability challenges. Not least in rich societies like the Nordic which are far from reaching the UN Global Goals when it comes to food: Our food consumption is contributing to global warming and loss of biodiversity. Too much food is wasted. Our food consumption increasingly causes non-communicable diseases. And the food system could contribute even more positive in the economy through creating decent jobs and economic growth for all:

Projekter med effekt på den lange bane

With this call the Nordic Council of Ministers aims at linking the transformative power of food, cultural change, and democratization of good food with the sustainability challenges that our societies face.

  • Projects can take many forms including events, network meetings, communication campaigns, testing new concepts, student exchanges etc. However, all projects shall aim at mobilizing and having long-term impact, not just single events.
  • Projects shall aim at further develop Nordic food thinking thus making New Nordic Food rele-vant for the future.
  • Projects shall aim at sharing knowledge and creating new cooperation between Nordic coun-tries.
  • All projects must strive for being self-contained. Product or concept development for a single business will not be eligible for funding.

Project themes

All projects which aims fulfil the purpose above can be eligible for funding. However, Nordic Council of Ministers is particularly interested in projects on the following subjects:

  • Public food; in example food for children in kindergartens, schools etc.
  • Sustainable development and communication on Nordic food culture and new Nordic diets.
  • Sustainable food tourism.

Criteria for selection

All projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Nordic value
  • Projects must have representation from at least three Nordic countries and/or autonomous regions (Greenland, Faroe Islands, Åland Islands).
  • Projects shall aim for cross-sectoral cooperation, building new networks and engaging target groups.


Projects shall aim at being innovative and creating new ideas regarding the transformative power of food, cultural change, and New Nordic Food.



Projects with substantial self-financing will be prioritized. Self-financing can take the form of in-kind contributions such as working hours.

Skills of project participants


Project participants are to document their experience in the field.

Communications plan


Projects must take into consideration the communication regarding activities and strive to expand the story of New Nordic Food through a diversified use of media platforms.

Handover plan


Projects must consider how i.e. networks crated during activities will be able to become self-sustaining after the end of the project.

Communication and reporting

Projects are to report on progress and challenges at least quarterly to the Nordic steering committee on New Nordic Food.

Projects are to produce and disseminate information from the project on relevant online platforms as well as (preferably) engage in relevant discussions in the Nordic countries regarding food culture. Use hashtag #nordicfood.


Project applications must be turned in no later than Wednesday 01/05/2019 - 23:59. Projects can expect to have answers of selection no later than June 15th 2019

Projects are expected to start in 2019. Projects must be finalized no later than 1st of May 2021.


Senior advisor on food policy, Mads Frederik Fischer-Møller, Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat,

Application process

Applicants are to forward application form and other relevant documents within above mentioned deadline to  Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Applications must be in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English.

Applicants who are considered for funding can be contacted by Nordic Council of Ministers’ secretariat regarding possible adjustments of the project.

The steering committee for New Nordic Food will process the applications and select projects for funding. Nordic Council of Ministers’ secretariat will be responsible for contract and all administration regarding the project.

What is New Nordic Food?

In 2004 twelve Nordic chefs signed ”Manifesto for a New Nordic Cuisine” which stated that the Nordic cuisine deserves comparison with the best kitchens in the world not only when it comes to taste and character but also in its ambitions for quality and charm as a great regional cuisine.

The Nordic governments were not blind to the potential of the ideas in the “Manifesto for a New Nordic Cuisine” that both showed new paths for value creation in the Nordic food business – and did this while also taking environmental sustainability into account. To support the movement the Nordic Ministers of agriculture, fisheries and food signed the “Aarhus Declaration on New Nordic Food” in 2005. Since then Nordic Council of Ministers has provided financial support for the development of New Nordic Food.

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