Project to make the mix of national instruments in the Nordic Region more effective

29.09.20 | Funding opportunities
The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Nordic Working Group for Environment and Economy (NME) is inviting applications for funding for a project to make the mix of national instruments in the Nordic Region more effective. The deadline for applications is 11 November 2020.


Opportunity category
Open calls
Wed, 11/11/2020 - 11:59 PM
Financial framework
DKK 400,000
Åland Islands
Faroe Islands


The economies of the Nordic countries are highly integrated with each other and the countries have high ambitions for climate work. They also have different prerequisites and face different challenges and have opted for different strategies and measures to reduce their climate impact. As a result, although the economic actors in the Nordic countries very much operate in a common market - or at least highly integrated one - the incentives are not the same in each country. This can have several side-effects that inhibit the effectiveness of the national mixes of instruments. The Nordic countries have agreed to aim for net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases and work more closely together on the issue. They intend to help reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases by removing barriers to low emissions and promote the transition to renewable energy sources. Such barriers include inefficiency as a result of distortion of competition between the countries due to them having different instruments.

The purpose of the project

One of the objectives of the project will be to map out and analyse the areas in which the differences between instruments in the different Nordic countries impacts on the effectiveness of national efforts. Sectors of particular interest include transport, electricity and heating, waste, construction, agriculture and forestry. The main focus should be instruments targeting the climate but the analysis could also include instruments for adjacent areas that have a direct or indirect impact on the climate, e.g. instruments targeting air pollution, noise, waste and energy. 

The project will conduct a review of literature and of the basis for decision-making in order to map out how the choice of instruments in the Nordic countries impacts on the effectiveness of targets and costs in the other countries and recommend ways to improve the situation. As far as possible, the project should also quantify the effects of the interaction between selected climate instruments in the different Nordic countries.  

Questions addressed by the project should include the following:

  1. How do the national climate instruments in the Nordic countries interact with each other? 
  2. What are the barriers to a more effective mix of climate instruments in the Nordic countries?
  3. How can any barriers to effectiveness be removed?


The budget for the project is DKK 400,000 (incl. VAT). This includes standard project expenses as well as travel and communications.


Applications must be submitted to the NME and NBM working groups no later than 11 November 2020. All documents must be submitted by this deadline. Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. A decision will be made in December, and all those who submit an application will be notified of the decision. Dates for interim and final reports will be set in the project contract.


Applications must be e-mailed to Lotte Eklund in one of the language versions of the project description/application form and compulsory budget outline:

Use the file below to find the application form.

Feel free to submit additional appendices (max. 10–15 x A4 pages) describing in greater detail the factors that the working groups should consider in our evaluation, e.g. a separate project description. Send any CVs jointly in a single separate file.

When assessing applications, the emphasis will be on:

  • the structure and planning of the work, including methodology and how relevant data will be collected and processed
  • the timetable
  • the allocation of responsibilities and time, general competencies and qualifications of those managing and involved in the project
  • the applicant’s previous experience in the area
  • the Nordic contacts and networks that will be used in the project and fluency in the Nordic languages
  • the expenditure for the proposed project period, including hourly rates and other expenses
  • the communications plan for the project.


Further information about funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers is available here:

NME and NKL will assess the applications and choose the successful one. The working groups reserve the right to reject all applications.

See appendix: “Anbudsinbjudan Nordic Styrmedelsmix_NME_NKL_LONG.docx” for further details about project content and financing requirements.