Planning grants awarded in phase one of the Arctic Programme

Planning grants awarded in phase one of the Arctic Programme

NordForsk has launched phase one of the two-phase call for proposals under the Joint Nordic Initiative on Arctic Research, “Responsible Development of the Arctic: Opportunities and Challenges - Pathways to Action”. The submission deadline for proposals for planning grants under phase one was 5 June 2014. A total of 36 proposals were received, of which 13 have been granted funding to develop research collaboration between at least three Nordic countries with a view to applications for the phase two application deadline in autumn 2014.

The purpose of phase one is to facilitate cooperation between researchers in different Nordic countries and provide them with a framework for the preparation and establishment of a Nordic Centre of Excellence (NCoE). The grant applications submitted in phase one have been assessed by the programme committee comprising high-level representatives of the various funding agencies. Planning grants of NOK 100 000 have been awarded to each of the following 13 projects:

  • Joan Nymand Larsen, Stefansson Arctic Institute and University of Akureyri: Solutions Now for Sustainable Resource- and Human Development for Transformative Change for a Viable Arctic (SNOW DIVA)
  • Lars Henrik Smedsrud, Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen: Arctic Sea Ice Loss: Causes, Change, Consequences and Challenges (AC4)
  • Markku Kulmala, Department of Physics, University of Helsinki: The Future Arctic - Assessment amp; Scenarios (FAAS)
  • Birgitta Evengard, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Division of Infectious diseases, Umeå University: Climate-change effects on the prevalence and spread of infectious diseases and on societies in the Nordic region (CLINF)
  • Yongqi Gao, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center: Arctic Climate Predictions: Pathways to Resilient, Sustainable Societies (ARCPATH)
  • Anne Maria Eikeset, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), University of Oslo: Meeting challenges of a Changing Arctic: biology, economy, society and policy
  • Tomas Johannesson, Icelandic Meteorological Office: Downwasting Arctic Glaciers, Impacts and Opportunities
  • Peter Sköld, ARCUM - Arctic Research Centre, Umeå University: Extractive Industries, Indigenous People and Sustainable Development in the Arctic
  • Øystein Holand, Norwegian University of Life Science (NMBU): Warming up for a warming Arctic - adaptations and management of Rangifer in a changing Arctic
  • Kenneth Drinkwater, Institute of Marine Research: NCoE for Arctic Integrated Research on Climate Effects in Marine Regions (NCoE-AIM)
  • Sverker Sörlin, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology: Resources, Extractive Industries and Sustainable Arctic Communities (REXSAC)
  • Olli Vapalahti, University of Helsinki: Arctic pathogens in a changing world of reservoirs and vectors
  • Arja Rautio, University of Oulu: Health on thin ice - changing environments to promote health and wellbeing in cold climate

An open call for full proposals for establishing a Nordic Centre of Excellence will be issued in early autumn 2014. Participation in the call for planning grant proposals is not mandatory for submission of a full proposal under the open NCoE call.

Cooperation between researchers from at least three Nordic countries on the Nordic Centre of Excellence is required.

Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are co-funding the programme together with NordForsk. The formal applicant for phase two proposals must be a research institution from one of these countries. At present, approximately NOK 93 million will be available under the programme. 


Text: Linn Hoff Jensen