Activities in the Programme

Nordplus Adult welcomes applications to the following activities:

Mobility projects

  • preparatory visits
  • exchange of teachers and other pedagogical staff
  • exchange of adult learners (adult students)

Collaboration projects

  • thematic networks
  • development projects
  • mapping projects

Collectively these types of activities support different phases and parts of the partnership: from the proactive phase of establishing contacts, to networking and exchange of experiences onto the realisation of actual development work.

Mobility projects

Mobility projects must involve cooperation between a minimum of two organisations from at least two countries within a period of one year. The following can be applied for:

Preparatory visits

The aim of preparatory visits is to support the preparation and planning of projects and applications within the other activity types in Nordplus Adult.

Grants for travel and subsistence are available for participating in joint meetings between organisations from different countries with a view to clarifying scope for collaboration and planning a concrete application for the next Nordplus Adult application deadline.

Grants may be given for one preparatory meeting of a maximum of five days' duration (including travel time) with the participation of up to two representatives from each organisation.

One of the participating organisations serves as host for the preparatory meeting. Travel expenses grants are only available to cover the travel expenses of the visiting organisations.

An application must describe the following elements:

  • A detailed programme of the planned visit
  • The background and motivation as well as general topics and objectives of the future project
  • Each organisation's contribution and expertise in relation to the future project

Note that grants for general teacher exchange/study visits between organisations not aimed at the development of a joint project must be applied for under “exchange of teachers and other pedagogical staff” described below.

Exchange of teachers and other pedagogical staff

The aim of the exchange is to provide participants with new professional skills and experience of other cultures and learning traditions in order to enhance the quality of adult learning and, more generally, to strengthen cooperation and exchanges between Nordic/Baltic organisations and institutions in adult learning and education.

Grants for travel and subsistence are given to the participation of teachers and other pedagogical staff in training courses as well as self-organised study or teaching stays in relevant institutions and organisations in another Nordic/Baltic country.

Only teachers, trainers and other pedagogical staff responsible for the education of adults are eligible to receive support in connection with an exchange programme.

Please note that applications for exchange of teachers from higher education or from primary/secondary education must be submitted to Nordplus Higher Education and Nordplus Junior programme respectively.

Furthermore applications must comply with the following criteria to be eligible for support:

  • The individual stay(s) must have a duration of one week, i.e. five full working days, travel excluded. However, in justified cases, exchanges of shorter duration may be approved.
  • The number of participants in the exchanges should normally not exceed two representatives per organisation, unless the need for more participants is specifically argued for.
  • The application as a whole may include the exchange of several people from several participating organisations. However, each stay must be organised on an individual basis and take place within a single institution. Study trips involving short visits to a number of institutions and organisations are not prioritised.
  • Applications may include visits and revisit(s); however, revisit(s) are not required in order to qualify for a grant.
  • A detailed programme involving planned trips with a clear objective and expected results must be included in the application.
  • All planned stays must be completed within one year, which is the maximum period for mobility projects.

Exchange of adult learners (adult students)

The aim of the exchange is to provide participants with new competences and/or professional skills and insight into other cultures and learning environments and to strengthen cooperation and exchange of experiences between Nordic/Baltic organisations and institutions in adult learning and education.

Grants for travel and subsistence are given for the exchange of adult learners (adult students) between Nordic/Baltic institutions and organisations. Exchange of learners enrolled in continuing vocational training is eligible to apply while applications for exchange of students in vocational education and training (VET) should be submitted to Nordplus Junior.

The following criteria must be met in order to be eligible for a grant:

  • The individual stay(s) must have a duration of one week, i.e. five full working days, travel excluded. However, in justified cases, stays of shorter duration may be approved.
  • The stay must be organised as an exchange in an educational institution and/or a work placement in a company, where learners take part in learning activities with the host organisation together with learners from the host country.
  • A detailed programme involving planned trips with a clear objective and expected results must be included in the application.
  • Applications may include visits and revisit(s); however, revisit(s) are not required in order to qualify for a grant.
  • The application as a whole may include the exchange of several learners from several participating organisations. However, each stay must be organised on an individual basis and take place within a single institution/company. Study trips involving short visits to a number of institutions/companies are not eligible.
  • All planned must be completed within one year, which is the maximum project period for mobility projects.

Please note that it is possible to apply for grants for accompanying teachers or individual support when there are special circumstances or needs that necessitate this. You must account specifically for these circumstances or needs in the application - see the section on Special needs at the end of the chapter.

Collaboration projects

Collaboration projects must involve cooperation between at least three organisations from at least three different Nordic/Baltic countries within a maximum period of three years. The following can be applied for:

Thematic networks

The purpose of thematic networks is to provide organisations, institutions, associations, etc., with an opportunity to form networks across the Nordic/Baltic countries. The idea of thematic networks is to form new, permanent relations and partnerships that ideally traverse areas and sectors within adult learning.

In thematic networks, the participating organisations work with a shared theme in the form of an issue, a topic or a challenge. The process is based on the exchange of knowledge and experience on the selected theme, which then forms the basis of new knowledge and proposals for new initiatives.

The following criteria must be met in order to be eligible for a grant:

  • The network must exchange knowledge and experience in relation to a specific topic, issue or challenge shared by all the involved parties.
  • A detailed work schedule with clear aims and expected outcomes must be presented in the application.
  • The network activity must lead to new knowledge and ideas.
  • Priority is given to applications based on new constellations and partnerships in which different types of organisations and institutions in adult learning and education are represented.

The network activity may also lead to new proposals within other parts of the Nordplus Adult programme.

Development projects

The aim of development projects is to give Nordic and Baltic organisations and institutions the opportunity to carry out joint development work within adult learning. Development projects must lead to the development of new courses, modules, formats, methods, materials, etc. The aim is to improve adults' access to learning, improving the quality of adult learning or meeting new or changing needs. The programme also supports the development of training opportunities for teachers, mentors and other pedagogical staff in adult learning.

The following criteria must be met in order to be eligible for a grant:  

  • A development project should be based on existing knowledge and experience in the relevant field, but previous projects are not to be duplicated.
  • A detailed work plan with clear aims and expected outcomes has to be presented in the application.
  • A development project must be product-oriented, meaning that a fully developed and accessible product must be created at the end of the project period. The product must be made accessible to the wider public, e.g. by way of a course description or teaching materials.

Mapping projects

With mapping projects, the programme supports the collection, identification and analysis of existing knowledge on adult learning. The mapping project is a study and could e.g. involve descriptions and statistics of specific traditions or sectors within adult learning and take form of comparisons between specific countries or areas/sectors within adult learning.

The aim of mapping projects is to take stock, define development needs and make recommendations for future initiatives and hereby creating the basis for new projects.

The following criteria must be met in order to be eligible for a grant:

  • A mapping project should be based on existing knowledge and research in order to avoid duplication of previous research and mapping projects.
  • A mapping project must have general relevance and the results should be useful beyond the circle of participating organisations and the specific project.
  • A detailed work plan with clear aims and expected outcomes has to be presented in the applicatio
  • A mapping project will normally involve a combination of practitioner organisations and research-based institutions with experience and expertise in adult learning - high priority is given to projects involving different types of organisations/institutions.
  • The outcomes of a mapping project are to be made public. It is therefore essential that applications give details on how the acquired knowledge will be handled and published.