The French Institutes in the Nordic region (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) launched the French Institute Nordic Award (FINA) in 2020. The FINA recognizes the quality of the work carried out by young researchers established in Nordic research institutions. The Nordic French Institutes’ objective is thus to promote cultural and scientific cooperation between France and the Nordic countries.
Who can apply:
The FINA is intended for researchers who are:
- Established in a university and/or research laboratory in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway or Sweden), without nationality requirement.
- Currently PhD students or who have had a PhD for less than 2 years.
- Conducting research related to the annual FINA’s theme.
- Applicants must complete a form describing their current research project, quoting their main publications and explaining their motivations regarding their application to the FINA.
- The four winners may be contacted by the French Institutes to present their research (e.g. through lectures, conferences, workshops, panel discussions, etc.).
When to apply:
The application process for 2024 will open shortly.
Projects are jointly selected by the four Nordic French Institutes.
Where to apply:
You can submit your application in the call for projects dedicated page of the country in which you are established:
- Denmark’s call for projects
- Finland’s call for projects
- Norway’s call for projects
- Sweden’s call for projects
Past projects :
The 2022 FINA theme was “Oceans”.
France and the Nordic countries are resolutely turned towards the sea. They carry ambitious programs for the preservation of the marine environment, the sustainable exploitation of ocean resources and concerted maritime spatial planning. In this context, the FINA aimed to extend its commitment to marine research and promote the work of young Nordic researchers focusing on the oceans.
Following the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this FINA 2022 edition aimed to promote the following sustainable development objectives:
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, sea and marine resources for sustainable development
Four laureates from each Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) have been selected for their remarkable achievements as well as the quality and importance of their research project on the thematic of the Oceans. They were awarded a one-week mobility trip to Brest and Paris. The laureates discovered there French marine scientific research and met researchers, diplomats and decision makers in the fields of marine and maritime sciences.
Launched in 2020, the first FINA theme was “Youth and green innovation”.
This first FINA edition aims to be in line with the French and Swedish strategic partnership for innovation and green solutions signed by French President Emmanuel Macron and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in November 2017 and updated in June 2019.
Four laureates from each Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) have been selected for their remarkable achievements as well as the quality and importance of their research project on the thematic of the year. They were awarded a one-week mobility trip to Marseille. The laureates attended the IUCN Congress and participated to Nature Generation Areas (Espaces Génération Nature) event. They had the chance to present their research, interact with the public and meet other research institutions.