Tough competition in 2014's application round

24.04.14

The sums have been tallied and the numbers are in. This year there were 643 applications across the five Nordplus programmes competing for the total sum of the 10.5 million euro available at the 2014 round. This is a little more than last year where 628 applied, but in both cases well above the average of 600 for the previous programme period (2008-2011).

The competition for funds

Applicants this year have applied for more than 2.6 times more than the funds available, showing a big demand for financial backing across the programmes. The programme with the most competition for funds is Nordplus Adult where applicants called for 3.3 times of the sum allocated for the programme, followed by Nordplus Higher Education on 2.9 times the allotted sum.

Programme Total applied in mio. EUR Total available in mio. EUR Rate
Nordplus Adult 3.727.745 1.117.724 333 %
Nordplus HE 13.110.799 4.528.617 290 %
Nordplus Horizontal 2.658.208 1.227.159 217 %
Nordplus Junior 6.571.636 2.946.849 223 %
Nordplus Nordic Language 1191.670 639.942 186 %
Sum 27.260.058 10.460.291 261 %

 

The competition element becomes even more apparent once you consider the number of organisations that are involved in each application. For the 2014 call, the number of organisations across the Nordic region was 3740. The distribution accross individual countries can be viewed in the table below:

Programme AX DK EE FI FO GL IS LT LV NO SE Total
Nordplus Adult   48 52 47 7 1 34 56 76 42 57 420
Nordplus Higher Edu 8 376 95 426 47 31 176 86 80 416 526 2267
Nordplus Horizontal 1 35 32 43   1 16 43 40 45 44 300
Nordplus Junior 7 98 48 85 20 12 72 68 69 74 88 641
Nordplus Nordic language 3 29 3 18 5 1 16 3 1 15 18 112
Total 19 586 230 619 79 46 314 256 266 592 733 3740

 

Plan ahead for next year

The compettion for Nordplus finding is fierce. If you are thinking on applying next year, we urge you to plan ahead to ensure you and your partner organisations sufficient time to submit the best possible plans and proposals. The quality of the application will matter more than ever. 

Please, be aware of national information meetings in the Autumn and make use of guidance from your national Nordplus Office.
If you intend to apply for Nordplus Junior and Adult funding, please also be ware of the possibility for grants for preparatory visits.

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The decision regarding individual applications will be made by the NP Program Committee at its meeting on the 27 May.

All applicants will be notified about the results of the assessments in the beginning of June, 2014.