News and Updates 2020

4th Kolarctic Call for micro-projects open until March 31st!


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Photo: Kolarctic Bridge

Will you be part of the next Barents success story? This time the Kolarctic CBC call is open for micro-projects focusing on business initiatives aimed at tackling environmental and climate change issues. Projects must fit under the thematic objectives covered in the call: TO1 Business and SME development, or TO6 Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation. Additionally, cross-sectoral projects, combination of both objectives are also warmly supported.

The Kolarctic CBC programme will not provide 100% grant to the projects. Every project shall provide own funding, covering minimum of 10% of the total project budget. Maximum budget for Russian and EU partners is 50 000€. The budget will be doubled up to 100 000€ if a Norwegian partner participates in the project.

Micro-projects can include diverse kinds of activities in different sectors, such as preliminary reports, education and training, implementing research and providing networking possibilities. Maximum project duration is 12 months, and all project activities financed by Kolarctic must end on 31 December 2022 at the latest. Information to the applicants on the results of the call will be provided in July 2020.

See the infopage of 4th Kolarctic Call for proposals here.

Simplified application procedure
Applying for Kolarctic has ever been easier as this time the application procedure is simplified compared to earlier call cycles. In the micro-project application, some questions do not need to be filled in.

Information seminars
Kolarctic organizes private consultations for applicants. Upcoming events will be held in Norway:

Bodø 26 February 2020, 12:00. Registration: Before 24 February to the Norwegian Branch Office.
Kirkenes 28 February 2020, 12:00. Registration: Before 24 February to the Norwegian Branch Office.

Examples of standard projects funded on previous Kolarctic rounds:

BRIDGE (Business and SME development)
Kolarctic BRIDGE project was started off in 2018 as a means to develop an interactive joint platform for businesses, educational institutions and the students residing in the Barents region. The lead partner in the project is Arctic University of Norway, partnered with Russian Murmansk State University, Petrozavodsk State University, and ITMO University St Petersburg, and Lapland University of Applied Sciences from Finland.

International groups of students conduct research for firms, solve tasks in product or service innovation, customer development, and market entry, and help with cross-border business communication. The main field of action in the project is cross-border tourism, providing the firms opportunity to become acquinted with future employees, and students for meeting potential employers.

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Photo: Tuuli Heikura. Finnish Association for Nature Conservation page. 

IMPRESS (Environmental protection, climate change mitigation and adaptation)
IMPRESS is a forest management project lead by WWF-Russia, collaborating Swedish Forest Agency (SFA), Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC), Swedish University of Agricutural Sciences, and the Russian forest company ILIM Group. During the project, the participants will provide tinder companies with knowledge about the most efficient forest management practices. The objective of the project is to support initiatives towards sustainability and adaptation to changing natural economic and social conditions deriving from the changing climate in Barents region.

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