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34 projects applied for grants for joint Nordic events

Nordic Innovation has recieved 34 applications for the grants for activities promoting Nordic solutions for sustainable, smart and liveable cities to relevant stakeholders from outside the Nordic region.

This was the seventh time we offered these grants and it will be the last before the Nordic Sustainable Cities program ends later this year.

Due to the high amount to applications recieved, we have decided to postpone the funding decision to Wednesday 20 May to ensure a fair and extensive evaluation process. We are sorry for any inconveniences this may cause.

"We are delighted to see that so many organisations want to promote Nordic solutions for sustainable, smart and liveable cities and to see all the strong cross-Nordic partnerships that have been established. This is great news for Nordic companies delivering sustainable city solutions", says Innovation Adviser Ivar Josefsson at Nordic Innovation.

The 34 project applications include a total of 149 project partners applying for a combined sum of NOK 18.196.396. The total budget for all 34 projects amounts to NOK 43.807.506.

The projects will be evaluated on how they:

  • Contribute to strengthening the Nordic brand within sustainable urban development.
  • Strengthen networks between Nordic stakeholders as well as between Nordic and relevant international stakeholders.
  • Are expected to boost export of Nordic products and/or services.
  • Provide value in relation to cost (cost/benefit).

Priority will be given to activities that:

  • Demonstrates ambitions to build a long-term concept for joint Nordic activities.
  • Target North America, China, India or has a global reach.

Background for the grants

Nordic Innovation is looking to create an ambitious showcase and export program for Nordic solutions to sustainable urban development. These grants are a part of this.

Nordic Innovation is highly engaged in the UN Agenda 2030 and the work towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. Through our Nordic Sustainable Cities program, we strive to help develop solutions to United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities).

We want to push the boundaries for urban innovative development and are looking for solid applications with interesting initiatives. The initiatives should help strengthen the Nordic brand, build networks between key Nordic and key international stakeholders and boost export of Nordic products and services.


Portrait Ivar Josefsson

Ivar Josefsson

Innovation Adviser
Ivar combines his international experience with an environmental background to identify the most promising Nordic projects for achieving sustainable growth. His main strengths lie within the fields of international relations and environment, and he worked briefly in the international development sector prior to joining Nordic Innovation in 2018.

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Rasmus Malmborg

Senior Innovation Adviser
Rasmus has extensive international experience in complex project management, predominantly within health care system development. Prior to joining Nordic Innovation, Rasmus has been with LHL International for nine years and worked the last four years as CEO.

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