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Published: 09.07.2020

Marine research in the North Atlantic Ocean

Research Council Faroe Islands has been assigned to administer a research programme on marine research in the North Atlantic Ocean, especially related to climate change.

The Danish government has allocated DKK 25.5 million over the next 4 years for the research programme. The major part of the budget will be granted for research projects via open calls. A minor part will be spent on administering the programme. 

The aim of the programme is to generate new knowledge on the impact of climate change on the marine environment in the North Atlantic Ocean which may contribute to create solutions to challenges like the oceanic heat transport towards the North East Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic (the North Atlantic current), the separation between upper and deeper water masses (stratification), geographic distribution and growth and recruitment potential for commercially important fish stocks, and acidification of the ocean.

The programme also aims to promote cooperation between the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Denmark on marine research. All three countries must benefit from the programme. 


4 million in 2020

The first part of the budget, approximately DKK 4 million, will be available in 2020.

The maximum funding per project will be DKK 2 million. Funding will most likely be granted to two or three projects this year. 

Projects must include research institutes in at least two of the three countries. Research institutions from other countries may participate with their own funding. 

The research consortium is expected to contribute to the financing.

The final submission date will be September 21, 2020, at 12:00 GMT.

The Call for applications with guidelines and details on conditions is available here.

Applications must be written on an official application form which can be downloaded here.