Call for applications to Nordplus 2019
Author: Jonas Toft Ludvigsen
Welcome to the 2nd year of the present 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 2019.
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 2019 is 1st February and the total amount of available funds in the round is 10 million euro.
What’s new in the programme?
400.000 euro extra for Nordplus Junior. For the 2019 application round, an extra amount of approx. 400.000 euro is allocated for exchange of pupils and students in the Nordplus Junior programme. This is a significant increase of the budget available this year and the chance to obtain a grant for pupil/student exchange from the programme will thus be much higher in the round.
New Nordplus Highlight for 2019-2020. For 2019 and 2020, we are introducing a new Nordplus Highlight replacing the previous highlight of 2017-2018. See further below.
New application deadline. Last year the new application deadline of 1st February was introduced to give the educational institutions better possibility to include their Nordplus projects in the planning of the upcoming school year. We hope that applicants have gotten accustomed to this new deadline and value it.
Changes to Nordplus Nordic Languages. A number of changes in the Nordplus Nordic Languages programme was introduced last year making the programme more attractive and accessible to applicants. For instance, allowing for bilateral project partnerships and funding for development work was introduced and the level of co-financing was lowered at the same time.
Read more about the possibilities for funding from Nordplus 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 education and 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 digital competences and computational thinking in 2019 and 2020
In 2019-2020 Nordplus encourages applications on digital competences and the computational thinking preparing pupils, students and adults for a digitalized society. The highlight relates to all Nordplus programmes and all sectors of education and training. Learn more about the Nordplus Highlight 2019-2010 here.
Applications addressing the highlight on digitalisation do not have priority and initiatives on other themes or issues are welcome in Nordplus.
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 2019 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.
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?
Nordplus grants fall under EU's regulations for state aid. From 2018, the schools under the Danish Schools Association of South Schleswig (Dansk Skoleforening for Sydslesvig) can participate in projects as partners funded by Denmark. Read more about this in the Nordplus handbook.