Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme

Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme

Nordic Innovation, NordForsk and Nordic Energy Research collaborate on this research- and innovation programme, with the aim to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable Nordic society. Approximately 73 MNOK will be granted to the best Nordic innovation and research projects.

The Nordic countries have committed themselves to ambitious climate goals towards 2050 in terms of developing energy efficient and low-carbon societies. To achieve these goals, we need extensive green transitions in all areas of the Nordic societies and economies. We need to promote green economic growth, sustainability and competitiveness both in the public and private sector.

The Nordic countries are home to excellent research and consistently rank among the best when it comes to innovation. This makes the region well-positioned to develop innovative solutions and policy advice to meet the opportunities and challenges of reaching the Nordic climate goals.

NordForsk, Nordic Innovation and Nordic Energy Research, the main financiers of cooperative research and innovation in the Nordic countries, have therefore together launched this research and innovation programme. The programme calls for the best Nordic innovation and research projects on green growth, with a total budget of 73 million NOK.

Overarching collaborative projects covering both research and innovation are encouraged. The call is split in two themes that call for projects on:

  1. Societal changes and future scenarios with focus on sustainable regional development (projects led by a research institution)
  2. Global competitiveness and catalysing investment and innovation in Nordic businesses to utilise the ongoing green shift (projects led by businesses or industries)

The call offers unique opportunities for researchers and innovators across the Nordic countries to draw on each other’s competences and deliver innovative solutions and policy advice with more impact than what can be done on a national level.

Read the full call text here!      


Programme committee

The Programme Committee consists of high-level representatives from the financing institutions:

  • Fridtjof Unander, Executive Director, Research Council of Norway
  • Einar Wilhelmsen, Senior Adviser, Research Council of Norway
  • Tor Mühlbradt, Special Adviser, Innovation Norway
  • Karin Emilsson, Senior Adviser, EMI Innovation and Södra Skogsägarna ekonomisk förening (on behalf of VINNOVA), Sweden,
  • Sverker Sörlin, Professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Joan Nymand Larsen, Assistant Professor, University of Akureyri, Iceland
  • Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, Executive Vice President, Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)
  • Arja Kallio, Head of Academy Programme Unit, Academy of Finland
  • Flemming Nielsen, Head of Division, Danish Energy Agency


Facts about the programme