Call for applications to Nordplus 2018
Author: Jonas Toft Ludvigsen
Welcome to the new five-year programme period – Nordplus 2018-2022!
The Nordplus programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers, invites Nordic and Baltic institutions and organisations working with or involved in education and training to apply for funding in the application round of 2018.
If you – or your organisation – are working within the field of education and training, you can now apply for Nordplus funding for transnational student, pupil or teacher mobility, as well as joint project and network activities between educational institutions and organisations in Denmark, Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and Åland.
The deadline for applications to the round of 2018 is 1st February and the total amount of available funds is 9.3 million euro.
What’s new in the programme?
The deadline for applications has been moved to 1st February – to better match the school year and give the educational institutions more time for the planning of exchanges.
A number of changes have been made to Nordplus Nordic Languages in order to make the programme more open and accessible to applicants. For instance, allowing for bilateral partnerships, funding for development has been introduced and the level of co-financing has been lowered.
Read more about the possibilities in Nordplus 2018-2022 in the Nordplus handbook.
The Nordplus programmes 2018-2022
Nordplus consists of five sub programmes which cover the entire educational sector. Each sub programme embodies the Nordic Council of Ministers’ objectives of increased quality and cooperation within the educations of the Nordic Baltic region. You can read more about these objectives in the Nordplus handbook.
Three of the programmes – Nordplus Junior, Nordplus Adult and Nordplus Higher Education – are focused on a sectoral approach, while Nordplus Horizontal and Nordplus Nordic Languages respectively focus on educational cross-domain activities and the co-operation within the Nordic languages across all sectors.
Through all Nordplus programmes you can apply for funding for projects or networks, while Nordplus Junior, Nordplus Adult and Nordplus Higher Education also give you the opportunity of support and funding for mobility.
The five Nordplus programmes are:
- Nordplus Junior – funds networks, projects and mobility for primary and secondary education, and preschooling
- Nordplus Higher Education – funds networks, projects and mobility for the higher education sector
- Nordplus Adult - funds networks, projects and mobility for institutions and organisations working with adult learning
- Nordplus Horizontal - funds cross-sectoral projects and networks
- Nordplus Nordic Languages – funds networks and projects aiming at strengthening the comprehension of the Nordic languages
Nordplus highlight on integration in 2017 & 2018
In 2017-2018 Nordplus encourages applications aiming at integration of refugees and immigrants in education and training within all sectors and for all Nordplus programmes. You can read more about the highlight here.
Nordplus grants fall under EU's regulations for state aid.
From 2018 the schools under Dansk Skoleforening for Sydslesvig (Danish Schools Association of South Schleswig) can participate in projects as partners funded by Denmark. Read more about this in the Nordplus handbook.
Your next step
For help with your application process please visit Nordplus' step-by-step guide.
The deadline for all areas of the Nordplus programmes is February 1st 2018 at 23:59 hours (Central European Time).
The Nordplus Handbook
The Nordplus handbook is the applicants guide and here you will find specific information for each of the programmes on funding opportunities and requirements: The Nordplus Handbook in English
Espresso - the Nordplus application system
You can create and submit your application through Espresso, the online application system of Nordplus: Register and log on to Espresso here
The Partner Search Database
It is a pre-condition, that your application is a joint initiative involving institutions or organisations from several affiliate countries of the Nordplus constellation. If you are looking for a partnering institution for your project, you can find and register in the Nordplus Partner Search Database: Visit the Partner Search Database
Information and guidance in your own country
There are Nordplus offices in each of the countries participating in the programme. If you have questions please contact your local Nordplus office to get help with your application – find the contact details for all Nordplus offices here.
During the application period the Nordplus offices will host national information meetings to guide and help applicants. Please keep an eye out for these at the website of your national Nordplus office – find the links here: Want to attend an information meeting?