The Nordic countries have committed themselves to ambitious climate goals towards 2050 in terms of developing energy efficient, 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 in both the public and the private sectors.
The Nordic countries produce excellent research and consistently rank among the best when it comes to innovation. The region is well-positioned to develop innovative solutions and provide policy advice targeted towards the opportunities and challenges involved in reaching the Nordic climate goals.
NordForsk, Nordic Innovation and Nordic Energy Research, the main funders of Nordic cooperation in research and innovation, have launched this research and innovation programme together. The programme has a total budget of NOK 73 million.
The call for proposals received 113 applications. Due to the wide scope of the programme, the applications cover a very wide range: solar energy, wind energy, bio-refining, efficient use of resources from food production, mining, low-carbon approaches to metallurgy, integrated and lean production methods, innovative ways to use biomass resources both for materials and societal changes to enable green growth and competitiveness in Nordic countries to name a few.