Strategy 2019-2022

NordForsk: Strategy for the period 2019 – 2022

Together we are stronger – Making the Nordic region globally leading in research and innovation.

Main Goal

NordForsk shall facilitate effective and trustful research cooperation in the Nordic Region, and ensure that NordForsk funded research has the highest international quality and realises Nordic added value.


Subgoal 1: Facilitate Nordic research and research infrastructure collaboration

NordForsk will:

  • develop programmes and calls in close collaboration with national research funding organisations in the Nordic region
  • fund high quality research, research infrastructure and research-based innovation in different sectors of society and select projects for funding based on scientific quality and expected Nordic added value
  • further promote open science and open access
  • require that research activities have appropriate systems for ensuring compliance with national and international ethical standards and commonly accepted professional codes and norms
  • ensure that programs and projects comply with the NordForsk gender policy.

Subgoal 2: Enhance the impact of Nordic research and research infrastructure collaboration

NordForsk will:

  • ensure that NordForsk is well known as a facilitator for Nordic research and research infrastructure collaboration
  • communicate the Nordic added value of the NordForsk activities
  • strengthen the communication and interaction with Nordic University Rectors Conferences (NUS)
  • support activities disseminating results from and impact of NordForsk funded projects and programs.

Subgoal 3: Ensure efficient and transparent management of NordForsk activities and secretariat


  • is committed to work in an open, transparent and accountable way
  • will actively work to ensure that its operations and management of research funding is cost-efficient and effective.