NordForsk Call for the Programme for the „Sustainable fisheries from healthy seas“ is Now Open

The programme for Sustainable fisheries from seas and ocean is now issuing a call for proposals for research projects.

The total available budget is approx. 40 mln NOK or approx. 3,5 mln euros and the call deadline is 28th of May.

The research area of this call is the North Atlantic, North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Aquaculture and freshwater fisheries are not in the focus of this call.

The two themes and perspectives are opened in the call:
Theme 1: Assessment and mitigation of the impacts of fisheries on the marine environment
Theme 2: Evaluation of the effects and feasibility of time-area closures as a fisheries management tool
Perspective 1: Climate change
Perspective 2: Ecosystem services

The applicant must incorporate at least one theme and one perspective into their research plan and question formulation.

The consortsium must include partners from research-performing organisations in at least three participating countries or areas, of which two are participating Nordic countries (Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland Iceland and Norway).

Estonian partner(s) in a successful project will be funded by the Estonian Research Council (ETAG). The maximum requested budget for the Estonian partner(s) participating in one project, if all Estonian partners participate as regular partners, is 150 000 euros per project. If the Project Leader/Coordinator is from an Estonian research organisation, the requested budget for the Estonian sub-project may be up to 300 000 euros. (If several Estonian partners participate in a project coordinated by an Estonian partner, the maximum requested budget of all Estonian partners in the project is still 300 000 euros.)

Private-for-profit organisations are urged to contact the national contact point before submitting the proposal: Katrin Saar (

The call for research projects on ocean and sea fisheries is realised via a Nordic-Baltic collaboration between the following research funding agencies:

Nordic Council of Ministers, NordForsk, Estonian Research Council (ETAG),
Icelandic Ministry of Food, Fisheries and Agriculture , Innovation Fund Denmark,
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland, Research Council Faroe Islands, Research Council of Norway, Research Council of Lithuania.

Call info and guidelines on NordForsk web page:

Applications must be submitted via NordForsk Application Portal:

More info about the NordForsk programme:


Call Contact in ETAG:
Katrin Saar (