Thematic programmes are designed to advance a certain field of research, raise its scientific standards, and create new scientific knowledge and knowhow.
The programmes are usually coordinated by a Steering Committee, which also seeks to integrate the different projects in the programme through joint coordination activities, e.g., programme meetings or joint researcher training activities. A thematic programme is scheduled to run for a set period of several years.
Each project in a thematic programme consists of research teams in at least three Nordic countries, with a joint research plan and joint project coordination.
Thematic programs are initiated in cooperation with the Nordic countries. The areas chosen for thematic programmes are areas that the collaborating partners wish to strengthen.
A programme may also have more specific ambitions, such as developing policy advise, researcher training, using research in the development of new solutions, etc.