Sustainable Development of the Arctic: Call for pre-proposals

Greenland Research Council is a partner in the joint call from Nordforsk: ‘Sustainable Development of the Arctic’. The first stage of the programme (call for pre-preproposal) has just been announced with a deadline 4 June 2024. 

Published 13 March 2024

Greenland Research Council is a funding partner of the Nordforsk call ‘Sustainable Development of the Arctic’.

This is the first Nordforsk call with Greenland and the Faroe Islands as funding partners. It is also the first time, that the Nordic countries have teamed up with Canada and the USA to launch a NordForsk call. 

Information about the first application round, the full call for proposals, and guidelines for the application procedure can be found on the Nordforsk website.

Facts about the call:

The main aim of the call is to support research collaboration among participating countries in the Arctic region to bring forward new knowledge on how to ensure the sustainable development of the Arctic.

The call has a total budget of up to 190 million NOK for Nordic partners, specific funds are available to Canadian and US partners. Greenland Research Council has contributed with 2.5 mil. DKK. The amount of funding that may be sought for Nordic partners in a project consortium is 18-24 million NOK. The programme is organised as a real common pot which allow researchers from the Nordic countries to apply on equal terms irrespective of their national contribution to the call budget. Specific guidelines for Canadian and US partners apply. Please find the full call text on the Nordforsk website for detailed information.

The call has no thematic priorities, but three keywords can inspire applicants when developing their research ideas into proposals: Security, Natural Resources, and/or Societal Changes. In addition, the following aims are central to the call: Interdisciplinarity, Sustainable Development, Arctic Added Value, Indigenous Perspectives.

The development and launch of the call is a collaborative effort between the Research Council of Norway, the Research Council of Finland, the Swedish Research Council, the Independent Research Fund Denmark, the Research Council Faroe Islands, the Greenland Research Council, the Icelandic Centre for Research, with funding from the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, the U.S. National Science Foundation (USA), the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (Canada), and NordForsk.

Join the webinar and contact list

NordForsk is hosting an online webinar on 19 March 2024 from 12:00-13:00 Greenland time / 15:00-16:00 Central European time. The webinar will provide insights into the themes of the call and the NordForsk application process.

Sign up for the webinar

Would you like to connect with other researchers interested in the call? If so, you can join the call contact list. Simply sign up and complete a brief form, and you will be added to a list where your information will be shared with other researchers.

Sign up for the contact list


Responsible adviser (NordForsk) Kristin Andersen, tel: +4790581647, e-mail:

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