Kolarctic projects take part in the Arctic Award 2017 competition

Published: August 15, 2017

We are launching a new project competition called the Arctic Project Awards! The award highlights good practice projects focused on topics of particular relevance to the Arctic area. The competition is open to projects funded by the NPA or NPP, Interreg Botnia-Atlantica, Interreg Nord and Kolarctic CBC programmes.

The winner will be announced at the Arctic conference in Luleå 15 November 2017.

The objective of the Arctic Award is to identify good practice, promote Arctic cross- border collaboration, and raise awareness among projects of each other. The awards are to highlight innovative projects with a clear Arctic dimension, which are viewed as inspirational in their participating regions as well as being seen as creating real, measurable impacts on the ground, and being of direct benefit to Arctic Communities.

This year, the Arctic Awards focus on the following award categories:

CATERGORY 1: Overcoming critical mass.
a. Distance spanning technology (eHealth, education, governmental services, culture, heritage and nature)
b. Match making and clustering for SMEs in Arctic sectors (cross-sector collaboration and increasing connections, export/ export internationalization as well as business incubation)
c. Pooling resources to meet (external and internal) market demands (supply chain innovation, branding, combined portfolio of competences as well as strategic clustering initiatives)

CATERGORY 2: Sustainable use of resources.
a. Clean technology for Arctic business sectors (forestry, mining, fisheries, and industry bi products), as well as capitalization on implemented innovative technologies in the Arctic.
b. Energy and resource efficiency, recycling adapted for remote communities in a harsh climate
c. Environmental protection designed for cold climates and Arctic economic developing and utilizing blue and green growth economy opportunities.

Projects from all participating programmes are encouraged to apply. Show how your project makes a difference to regional development in the Arctic. The deadline for submitting your application is 22nd September 2017, 23:59 CET. UPDATE: the deadline has been extended to 6th October, 23:59 CET.

Fore more information How to participate, please see Arctic project Awards website.