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Northern Periphery and Arctic - 5th Call for Main Project Applications
Deadline: Feb 28, 2018  

 Marine and Coast
 Maritime Affaires and Fisheries
 Entrepreneurship and SMEs
 Energy Efficiency
 Sustainable Development
 Interregional cooperation
 Climate Sciences

5th Call for Main Project Applications

1st October 2017 – 28th February 2018

The Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 Programme is part of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective supported by the European Regional Development Fund. The programme contributes to and aligns with the Europe 2020 Strategy, national and regional policies and development strategies, macro regional and sea basin strategies, and other programmes covering parts of the geographical area.

The programme’s vision is to assist in the generation of vibrant, competitive and sustainable communities, by harnessing innovation, expanding the capacity for entrepreneurship and seizing the unique growth initiatives and opportunities of the Northern and Arctic regions in a resource efficient way.

To date, the NPA 2014-2020 Monitoring Committee has in total committed approximately 67% of the programme funding to 35 projects.

Special note

Applicants from the Faroe Islands and Greenland should be aware of financial limitations in the Faroese and Greenlandic funding sources. However, “Geographical flexibility” rules are in effect, these rules specifically allow for the use of ERDF funding for Faroese and Greenlandic partners. (Please the NPA Programme manual section 1.5.2 for further details).

Terms of Reference for the 5th Call


Priority Axis 1:

  •   The MC is looking to fund an additional 4 projects in Priority Axis 1:
    1 projects in specific objective 1.1
    3 projects in specific objective 1.2

  •   The MC especially encourages projects addressing the following actions:

    • o In specific objective 1.1: Increased innovation and transfer of new technology to SMEs in remote sparsely populated areas

      •  Action: Transfer and development of models or solutions for clustering SMEs with shared needs in relation to accessing R&D in order to develop critical mass and support access to R&D links across regional and national borders.

      •  Action: Transfer and development of models or solutions facilitating business networks across regional and national borders to help to diversify and broaden the regional sector base.

    • o In specific objective 1.2: Increased innovation within public service provision in remote, sparsely populated areas

      •  Action: Transfer and development of innovative models or solutions addressing viability and low critical mass in public service provision in remote and sparsely populated areas.

  •  The MC especially encourages projects involving the following sectors: o Non-traditional, and creative sectors

    • o Blue Growth, and Green Growth

    • o Cold climate technologies, and cold climate impacts


Priority Axis 2:

  •   The MC is looking to fund 8 projects in Priority Axis 2; specifically: 2 projects in specific objective 2.1
    6 projects in specific objective 2.2

  •   The MC especially encourages projects addressing the following actions:

    • o In specific objective 2.1: Improved support systems tailored for start-ups and existing SMEs in remote and sparsely populated areas

      •  Action: Transfer and development of models and solutions for support to start-ups and existing SMEs aimed at realising place-based opportunities in a new way.

    • o In specific objective 2.2: Greater market reach beyond local markets for SMEs in remote and sparsely populated areas, all actions:

      •  Action: Transfer and development of marketing models and solutions suitable for SMEs in remote, sparsely populated areas, to increase their market reach.

      •  Action: Transfer and development of concepts for clustering and creating networks of SMEs to meet a larger-scale, more diverse and/or more complex demand.

      •  Action: Transfer and development of marketing models and solutions facilitating the use of distance-spanning technology to overcome long distance to market.

  •  The MC especially encourages projects involving the following sectors:

    • o Marine sector
    • o Biotech
    • o Processing/refinement of natural resources


Priority Axis 3:

  •   The MC is looking to fund 6 projects in Priority Axis 3.

  •   For specific objective 3, increased energy efficiency, the MC in specific encourage projects addressing :

o the development and use of renewable energy sources suitable for cold climate and dispersed settlements

o the use of ICT technologies, such as new energy efficiency concepts for smart energy management

Priority Axis 4:

  •   The MC is looking to fund 1 project in Priority Axis 4.

  •   For specific objective 4, sustainable environmental management, the MC in specific encourage projects addressing:

    • o pooling of competences transnationally among public authorities

    • o help to develop and share concepts for sustainable environmental management that takes into account not only the environmental aspect, but also social and economic aspects affecting the community

For all Priority Axes, the following is highlighted:

  •   All projects are expected make a special effort to include end users in their project proposals. End user involvement can be demonstrated by the composition of the partnership (e.g. involvement as full project partners, sub partners or associated partners), the involvement of end users as described in dedicated work package activities, or by attaching letters of support from end users.

  •   Projects are encouraged to include measures to involve underrepresented groups such as young women and indigenous peoples.

  •   In order to increase the impact of the NPA 2014-2020 on innovation and entrepreneurship in the programme area, projects are encouraged to address topics in a broader sense.


OPENING OF 5th CALL:  1st October 2017

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 28th February 2018, 23:59 CET

DECISION DATE: 13th June 2018


Guidance for applicants

See the NPA 2014-2020 Programme Manual (click to download) for a description of the Priority Axes, instructions for how to apply and the NPA eligibility rules. This and all other application documents can be found on the Fifth Call page.


How to Apply Seminar

How to Apply Seminars will be organised on 23rd November 2017 and 18th January 2018 in Copenhagen at the offices of the Joint Secretariat. These seminars will offer technical sessions on the application form, budget and partnership. The seminars will be conducted as a combination of the presentation of factual material and on-line eMS tutorials. Registration is open and space is limited to one person per project application. Register here

Important note regarding future calls for main projects

The NPA Monitoring Committee will decide on the exact dates and the focus of the next call in June 2018. This will be communicated on the NPA 2014-2020 website and through the Regional Contact Point network.


Preparatory project call

The call is ongoing, which means that applications can be submitted at any time. Preparatory Project decisions will be made by the Joint Secretariat. The approval process takes approximately 1 month from submission. Preparatory project idea developers are encouraged to aim the end date of their preparatory projects to coincide with the Fifth Call deadline. See for further details and instructions.

Further information

If you are interested in applying, we recommend that you are in touch with the Regional Contact Point in your region, click here for contact details. Alternatively, you can contact Christopher Parker at the Joint Secretariat,

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