The Nordplus contact seminar provides a unique opportunity for Nordic and Baltic educational institutions to form partnerships, collaborate and share good practices. The possibilities for networking, the educational input and the administrative guidance available at the seminar give a sound ground for preparing a future Nordplus application.
The Nordplus programmes are hosting a common contact seminar on Sunday 20th – Tuesday 22nd November 2016. All potential applicants to Nordplus within the entire field of education and lifelong learning are invited to apply to participate in the seminar.
At the contact seminar future applicants will have the opportunity to find partner institutions from the other Nordic and Baltic countries for future projects and applications.
The seminar seeks to stimulate initiatives within three themes: integration of refugees and immigrants, Nordic languages and teacher education. However the seminar also welcomes other ideas and topics found relevant by the individual institutions.
How to apply for participation?
You must apply for participation by filling out an application form( See in the "Further official information" link below this article). The deadline for submission is 5th of October 2016.
All applicants will be notified if they have been selected to participate by 21st of October. The seminar can accommodate a maximum of 150 participants. Following the selection there will be a separate registration procedure for the seminar. More information about the registration and practicalities will be sent directly to the selected participants.
The seminar starts Sunday 20 November at 16.00 (with registration and check-in beginning at 14:00) enabling most participants to arrive during the day.
The seminar ends Tuesday 22 November with lunch at 13:00.
Please note that participants are expected to be able to take part in the full programme.
Rooms are reserved for all participants at Bella Sky for two nights from 20-22 November 2016. The two nights will be covered by the Nordplus administration.
If you wish to spend additional nights at the hotel, you must cover these nights yourself and book them with the hotel directly.
Seminar fee and travel grant
The contact seminar is a free event and includes:
- 2 days contact seminar with full programme including materials
- 2 nights of accommodation at Hotel Bella Sky
- All meals during the seminar
Please note that an extra grant of 150 € is provided if the distance between the participant´s hometown and the nearest international airport, train or bus station in home country is more than 250 km.
The travel grant will be reimbursed to each organisation after the event has taken place.
All applications to Nordplus will be assessed according to the following criteria:
- The application must be within the regulations and main objectives of Nordplus
- The application activities must cover one or more of the objectives in the sub-programme
- The aims of the project and the approach chosen to achieve them must be clear and realistic
- The planned activities must be relevant for the project in question and cover the whole project period
- Applications for project or network activities must include a realistic and well described budget
- There must be a clear and realistic overall plan for implementing the project
- The roles and tasks of the project participants must be balanced
- Measures must be planned to ensure effective communication and cooperation between the participating institutions
- The expected impact and benefits of the project for the project participants must be clear and well defined
- There must be a plan for spreading the results from the cooperation, including to whom, why and identifying appropriate channels. There should also be descriptions of ideas/plans for results on a long term basis
Checklist before submitting your application
When writing an application for Nordplus it could be useful to go through the following checklist:
- Have you submitted a Letter of intent (LOI) for each partner? Are they signed by the correct legal responsible person at the
- institution as well as the project coordinator? Are all LOIs marked with the correct application ID-number?
- Is your institution a legal applicant to the sub-programme in question?
- Is there a sufficient number of participating institutions from a sufficient number of different Nordplus countries in the application?
- Did you include a separate budget (only for projects/networks, not applicable for mobility activities)? Does it clarify what costs the Nordplus grant is meant to cover, and what and how much is self-financed?
What is considered a good application
Generally, a good application should:
- Describe objectives and expected outcome
- Describe the activities to be carried out
- Describe the distribution of tasks and responsibilities between partners
- Be well argued according to the programme objectives
- Define the added value of the project for partners and others
- Have a realistic budget in relation to the funds available
- Define the targets for disseminating the results
- Demonstrate integration of the activities in the respective institutions/organisations
It is free to participate and grants will be given to cover travel costs. The deadline for applications is 5th October and applicants selected for participation will be notified by 21st October.
Nordplus is the Nordic Council of Ministers’ largest education programme for lifelong learning. The programme funds mobility, projects and network activities and is open to institutions, organisations and others whose main purpose is education and lifelong learning or who work within this area.
Nordplus covers the five Nordic countries, including the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland, as well as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
To APPLY click "Further official information" below and fill the online application form.
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