As per Joint Statement on collaboration in northern sustainable development between the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Government of Québec signed 1 February 2013 and the Letter of Intent between the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Government of Québec signed 27 February 2015, but without being limited by the foregoing, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Government of Québec jointly develop a call for proposals. The Nordic Council of Ministers and the Government of Québec, hereafter the parties, have been in close collaborative dialogue since the Letter of Intent of 2015 with the aim of developing concrete cooperation.
The joint call for proposals between the parties seeks to:
• Promote the sustainable development of each society, taking into account the cultural, social, economic, environmental and/or territorial factors of the projects.
• Encourage exchanges between the two regions by fostering knowledge to respective entity's cultural presence;
• Promote co-creation and co-dissemination of artworks and cultural products, namely through exchange programmes involving artists, directors and authors, the holding of public events and the development of partnerships between cultural institutions on both sides;
• Favour a better mutual understanding through the consolidation of networks and sharing of expertise;
• Promote cooperation between researchers in targeted fields of interest on both sides.
The present call for proposals is open to all sectors in society, culture, and research and innovation. Due to COVID-19 pandemic and the current global health emergency, international collaboration is more important than ever. The joint call for proposals between the parties seeks to respond and contribute to the recovery efforts from COVID-19. Priority will be given to projects seeking to respond and contribute to the recovery efforts from COVID-19.
Those field will be prioritized:
• Digital cultural development
• Performing arts (dance, music, circus, etc.)
• Literature and publishing
• Visual and digital arts
Those field will be prioritized:
• Gender equality
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
Those fields will be prioritized:
• Digital innovation
• Climate, environment and sustainability
• Sustainable cities solutions and mobility
• Life sciences
• Innovative manufacturing
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CALL FOR PROPOSAL IS OPEN TO ALL SECTORS. PROJECTS WILL BE CHOSEN AFTER A QUALITY-BASED EVALUATION AND IN REGARDS TO THE CRITERIA MENTIONED BELOW.
In order to be admissible for a grant from the Government of Québec, the projects must be submitted by Canadian citizens or permanent residents living in Québec.
• Involve at least two institutions and/or stakeholders from two different Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and/or Åland Islands) and one Québécois partner.
• Begin at the earliest on 1 APRIL, 2021.
• Be submitted as a complete application file both at the Nordic Council of Ministers (for the Nordic partners) and the ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec (for the Québec partner);
• Respect the application submission deadline –applications received after December 21 2020 at 23h59 will not be considered.
• Specification for 2021 call:
• The fields of culture, society, and research and innovation have been chosen as priority areas. The aim is to facilitate concrete cooperation in the areas of culture and innovation. A final report will have to be submitted no later than February 28th 2022.
Co-operation project support must not substitute the support usually granted by other financing organisations. Please note that financial support per project per year cannot exceed $10,000 CAD from the Québec government and 50.000 DKK from the Nordic Council of Ministers. One year project will also be considered. The Québec government and the Nordic Council of Ministers have each allocated per year respectively $55,000 CAD and 300,000 DKK to support a number of cooperation projects.
Please note that the Québec Ministries, governmental agencies or organisations and Quebec government companies may apply in calls for projects under the responsibility of the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie. However, the funding granted cannot be used to cover expenses incurred by them and their staff. The funding may only be used to cover costs incurred by external partners from Québec.
The following expenses are eligible:
• Transportation costs for return travel between Québec and the Nordic countries (economic class);
• Expenses for the organization of webinars, the production, translation and diffusion of video podcasts or online classes;
• Others expenses related to travel (visa, insurance, fees for green gas emission, transport of instruments or artworks, etc.);
• Per diems (hotel and rental costs, meals)
• Purchase of material or equipment.
• Publication, promotion and information dissemination fees associated with the project;
• Venue or equipment
The following expenses are not eligible:
• Expenses related to an organisation’s operating costs and staff payment;
• Any expense previously covered by financial support from another government program;
• Regular operating fees of the applicant;
• Artist fees;
• Travel costs in first class;
• Fees for excess luggage.
The Québec-Nordic Council of Ministers co-operation uses a separate financing method, meaning that each partner is responsible for the entirety of its expenses in foreign territory. Québec financial support is provided by the Québec ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie (MRIF) and the ministère de la Culture et des Communications. Nordic countries financial support is provided by the Nordic Council of Ministers in accordance with their standard terms.
• Coherence of project submitted in relation with the objectives stated in the call for projects;
• Innovative nature of the project;
• Creation of new partnerships;
• Clarity of stated objectives;
• Timeframe and work program feasibility;
• Contribution to the sector’s development based on the projected benefits and results;
• Rigour of financial arrangement and diversity of funding sources;
• Balance between the objectives and projected results in view of the work schedule and funding structure.
• Environmentally friendly aspect of the project;
• Be carried out jointly according to the principle of reciprocity and mutual commitment, both in regards to financing and concrete impacts;
• Foster long-term exchanges and cooperative bonds between Québec and the Nordic countries;
• Result in tangible benefits for Québec and the Nordic countries;
• Lead to the establishment of networks for cooperation
How to send an application
Québec and Nordic countries partners must each fill out the relevant online documents (no other forms will be accepted):
- Cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers: Appels à projets
- The Financial support application form;
- A detailed and balanced project budget with income and expenses.
For the Nordic Council of Ministers:
Project presentation and selection
Please note that all the projects must absolutely be submitted to both coordinating organisations (being the ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie for the Québec partner and the Nordic Council of Ministers for the Nordic partners).
Québec and Nordic countries partners must both fill out the relevant online documents (no other forms will be accepted):
- Cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers: http://www.mrif.gouv.qc.ca/fr/appels-a-projets/Conseil-Nordique
- the Financial support application form;
- a detailed and balanced project budget with income and expenses.
The Nordic countries partners must submit the documents (English version, PDF only) at the latest on 21 of December 23:59:00 2020 via email to: Mr. Daniel Jaakkola and Mr. Tómas Orri Ragnarsson, Secretariat of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
For the Nordic Council of Ministers:
- Cooperation with the Québec Government: https://www.norden.org/en/news/opportunity-economic-support-cooperation-between-quebec-and-nordic-countries
- Fill in the project description application and the budget form
Inquiries for the Québec partner can be sent at this address:
M. Steve Boilard
Direction Europe et institutions européennes
Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie
The Government of Québec and the Nordic Council of Ministers are responsible for the final selection of the projects and determining the amount of the support granted. Results will be made available to the organisations at the latest on March 31st. Please note that decisions are not subject to any appeals.
A final report form will be filled by each organisation and submitted according to the terms connected to this in Québec and NCM respectively.