Results of the Nordplus 2019 application round


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The Nordplus Program Committee met in Reykjavik, Iceland at the end of April to assess and deliberate on applications rounds February 2019.

There was a total of 503 applications, applying for a total grant of 21.325.475 € - more than double the Nordplus budget allocated in 2019. The result of the administration’s assessment is that 374 applications were proposed for funding, making for a total amount of 10.102.570 € or 47% of the applied amount.

The 503 applications involve a total of 3.318 organizations and with 374 applications proposed for funding, 2.776 of these organizations will be able to proceed with their planned activities. 

The good news is that there is a considerable increase in the applications in Nordplus Nordic Languages.  The result of 35 applications is the highest ever and is about 60% above the average for the last six years.

There is however a decrease in all the other sections of the Nordplus programme: Nordplus Higher Education, Nordplus Adult, Nordplus Junior and Nordplus Horizontal.  Possible reasons for this decrease are discussed further in the individual Grant Proposal Notes.

Success rates 2019 – rejections and reductions

The success rates 2019 for each of the Nordplus programmes are as follows:


The overall success rate is 74% for the number of applications, and 47% for grants, which is higher than the previous three years (2018: 65-39%; 2017: 69-41%; 2016: 60-34%).

Country participation

Submitted: 3.318 organisations


For more information on the individual applications, please visit The Nordplus Project Database


Every year the administration examines the level of newcomers in the applications submitted. Participating institutions and organizations are considered “newcomers” if they have not participated in any application within the individual programme during the past three years - in this case the period 2016-2018.

For the three programmes Nordplus Junior, Nordplus Adult and Nordplus Horizontal, the level of newcomers varies between 53% and 63%, which is similar to previous years, while the level of newcomers in Nordplus Nordic Languages is unusually high or 63%.

Highlight on digital competences 2019

2019 is the first year with the highlight on “digital competence and computational thinking” decided by the Programme Committee. The idea is not to have the focus on the use of digital equipment in teaching and delivery of education on digital platforms, but more on the digital competences of pupils, students and adult learners.

The aim of the highlight concept in Nordplus is to draw attention to the issue of this theme in education without actually giving formal priority to the applications addressing this. The highlight is presented on the Nordplus homepage and in the Nordplus handbook.


Nordplus offers financial support to a variety of educational cooperations between partners in the area of lifelong learning between the eight participating countries and three autonomous regions in the Baltic and Nordic region.

  • The program supports networking, project collaboration and student/teacher mobility between the Baltic and Nordic countries
  • Overall programme budget for 2019 is 10.102.570 million euro
  • Participating countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Aaland Islands  
  • The next deadline for submitting applications to the Nordplus programmes is 1st February 2020. Preparatory visits in Nordplus Junior, Nordplus Adult and Nordplus Nordic Languages can be applied for in the supplementary application round with a deadline on 1st October 2018.