Nordplus Adult

Scope of the programme
Nordplus is the largest educational programme within the Nordic Council of Ministers and it is funded by the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Each year, Nordplus awards 9.3 million euro in funding for mobility, projects and networks. Nordplus is a mobility and network programme for education in the Nordic and Baltic countries, including the autonomous regions of Åland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

Programme objectives
The programme supports initiatives that improve the quality of the training, meet new learner needs or test new organisational forms or teaching methods. In practice, the programme is open to a wide range of themes, topics and subject areas. Most importantly, each partnership should be based on the current challenges and needs that educators face in their work.

Target groups – who can apply, who can join 
Only applicants from the Nordic countries – Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, the Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania – and the autonomous regions of Åland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, which act as independent countries in Nordplus, are eligible for grants. Institutions placed outside the Nordic and Baltic countries are not eligible for funding from the programme but can participate in Nordplus projects if they cover their own expenses.

All types of institutions and organisations working with adult learning can apply and/or participate in Nordplus Adult, such as institutions and organisations offering learning to adults and institutions involved in adult teacher education, guidance counsellor education, education for adults with special needs and institutions working with research, studies and analyses in adult learning.

It is crucial that a project involves organisations with knowledge, expertise and experience that can be of mutual benefit in the partnership.

Activities in the programme
Nordplus Adult welcomes applications to the following activities:

       1. Mobility projects

           1.1. preparatory visits

           1.2. exchange of teachers and other pedagogical staff

           1.3. exchange of adult learners (adult students)

       2. Collaboration projects

           2.1. thematic networks

           2.2. development projects

           2.3. mapping projects

Collectively these types of activities support different phases and parts of the partnership: from the proactive phase of establishing contacts, to networking and exchange of experiences onto the realisation of actual development work.

1. Mobility projects
Mobility projects must involve cooperation between a minimum of two organisations from at least two programme countries within a period of one year. The following can be applied for:

1.1 Preparatory visits

The aim of preparatory visits is to support the preparation and planning of projects and applications within the other activity types in Nordplus Adult.

Grants for travel and subsistence are available for participating in joint meetings between organisations from different countries with a view to clarifying scope for collaboration and planning a concrete application for the next Nordplus Adult application deadline.

Grants may be given for one preparatory meeting of a maximum of five days’ duration (including travel time) with the participation of up to two representatives from each visiting organisation. One of the participating organisations serves as host for the preparatory meeting.

1.2 Exchange of teachers and other pedagogical staff

The aim of the exchange is to provide participants with new professional skills and experience of other cultures and learning traditions in order to enhance the quality of adult learning and, more generally, to strengthen cooperation and exchanges between Nordic/Baltic organisations and institutions in adult learning and education.

The individual stay(s) must have a duration of one week, i.e. five full working days, travel excluded.

1.3 Exchange of adult learners (adult students)

The aim of the exchange is to provide participants with new competences and/or professional skills and insight into other cultures and learning environments and to strengthen cooperation and exchange of experiences between Nordic/Baltic organisations and institutions in adult learning and education.

Grants for travel and subsistence are given for the exchange of adult learners (adult students) between Nordic/Baltic institutions and organisations.

2. Collaboration projects
Collaboration projects must involve cooperation between at least three organisations from at least three different Nordic/Baltic countries within a maximum period of three years. The following can be applied for:

2.1 Thematic networks

The purpose of thematic networks is to provide organisations, institutions, associations, etc., with an opportunity to form networks across the Nordic/Baltic countries. The idea of thematic networks is to form new, permanent relations and partnerships that ideally traverse areas and sectors within adult learning.

In thematic networks, the participating organisations work with a shared theme in the form of an issue, a topic or a challenge. The process is based on the exchange of knowledge and experience on the selected theme, which then forms the basis of new knowledge and proposals for new initiatives.

2.2 Development projects

The aim of development projects is to give Nordic and Baltic organisations and institutions the opportunity to carry out joint development work within adult learning. Development projects must lead to the development of new courses, modules, formats, methods, materials, etc. The aim is to improve adults’ access to learning, improving the quality of adult learning or meeting new or changing needs. The programme also supports the development of training opportunities for teachers, mentors and other pedagogical staff in adult learning.

A development project must be product-oriented, meaning that a fully developed and accessible product must be created at the end of the project period.

2.3 Mapping projects

With mapping projects, the programme supports the collection, identification and analysis of existing knowledge on adult learning. The mapping project is a study and could e.g. involve descriptions and statistics of specific traditions or sectors within adult learning and take form of comparisons between specific countries or areas/sectors within adult learning.

The aim of mapping projects is to take stock, define development needs and make recommendations for future initiatives and hereby creating the basis for new projects.

A mapping project will normally involve a combination of practitioner organisations and research-based institutions with experience and expertise in adult learning

Grants from Nordplus Adult are based on fixed unit costs for different types of expenses connected to the applied activity. It is the implementation of the activity and not the actual cost that must be documented. This provides greater financial flexibility in relation to the project implementation.

Mobility projects and cooperation projects operate with two different unit cost support systems described below.

Mobility projects

Allocation of grants for mobility projects is based upon fixed unit costs for travel and subsistence, (lodging/board).

The travel grant varies with the travel distance, but can typical be 330 euro per participants. The subsistence grant is for staff 70 euro per day and max 355 euro for a week.

Collaboration projects

Grants for collaboration projects are allocated according to fixed unit support to three types of costs:

  • ŸProject management, implementation and dissemination of results:
  • The grant is a lump sum and thus independent of project duration, type and content.  It is 3.000 euro to the coordinator and 1.000 euro to each partner.
  • ŸTransnational meetings:
  • Partner meetings and smaller seminars/courses with the participation of partners’ own staff/adult learners, etc. include per participants a typical meeting support of 630 euro to cover travel, subsistence and other costs.
  • ŸDevelopment work:
  • There is only salary support to work days spent in preparing substantial, educational products; this may be curricula, IT tools, analyses, surveys, open source materials teaching methods, etc.  The support per day per person varies within three groups of countries:
  • 250 euro: Denmark, Greenland, the Faroe Island, Sweden and Norway        
  • 225 euro: Finland, Åland and Iceland
  • 125 euro: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia

On average Nordplus Adult grants 25 working days per year per institution. The total granted working days per institution for a full project period can only in exceptional cases exceed 40 days.

The grant amount
Nordplus Adult does not set a fixed max for grants. However, an average grant for a two-year Nordplus Adult collaboration project involving three or four partners is 50,000 euro.

When and how to apply
There is an online application form to fill-in that opens a months before deadline.

The main deadline is 1 February and the call for applications is announced 3 months before this date. Applicants receive an answer approximately three months after the application deadline.

Nordplus Adult has an additional round of applications for preparatory activities with a deadline of 1 October. Here the applicants receive an answer approximately 6 weeks after application deadline.

More information
See the programme website:

You can here download the Nordplus Handbook 2018 (in English)

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