Call for projects

FINA Prisen 2023

30.04.2023 / 12.00

Deadline extended to April 30th, 2023 


French Institute Nordic Award – 2023

The five French Institutes of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, and Sweden launched the French Institute Nordic Award (FINA) in 2020. This award aims to promote cultural and scientific cooperation between France and the Nordic countries and to reward the outstanding achievements of young researchers.


The theme of the year

According to the Circularity Gap report 2020, our planet is only 8.6% circular: much of what we consume is wasted. Our human footprint on the planet has caused increasing devastation to the natural world, thus resource effectiveness and the circular economy are crucial for a future with greater global prosperity. 

The theme of this year is Circular Economy, with a special focus on food, waste management, textiles, biobased materials, recycling, and the development of new crops. According to the United Nations, the circular economy is a system of production, exchange, and sharing that allows for social progress, preservation of natural capital, and economic development as defined by the Brundtland Commission (i.e. the UN World Commission on Environment and Development published a book in 1987: “Our Common Future”).

This 2023 edition of the FINA Awards is part of the drive to promote the following sustainable development goals :

  • ODD2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
  • ODD12: Responsible consumption and production. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. 
  • ODD13: Climate action. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.


Conditions to apply

The conditions to apply are the following :

  • To carry out a research activity within a Danish institution (university, research institute...). 
  • Being a PhD student or holder of a PhD for less than 2 years. 
  • Have a research project related to the circular economy (projects dealing with the following thematics will be evaluated on a priority basis: food, waste management, textiles, biobased materials, recycling, and development of new crops).
  • Agree to take part in the presentation of your research work to the French Institutes that support the award.



One laureate will be selected in each of the participating countries (Danemark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, and Sweden) by a selection committee composed of the Heads of cooperation and Scientific attachés of the five French Institutes.


Criteria for selection

The selection criteria will be as follows : 

  • The originality of the researcher’s approach, the relevance or innovative nature of the research work in relation to the theme
  • The motivation of the candidate to receive the award
  • The complementarity of the selected profiles and research themes



The FINA recognizes the quality and relevance of the work carried out by the laureate. It consists of scientific mobility in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region (Lyon and Clermont-Ferrand), a rising location for the circular economy in France. The objective of this scientific mobility is to enable the Nordic laureates/researchers to visit the French laboratories in their field of expertise and to meet and develop scientific cooperation with their French counterparts. The visit will take place in autumn 2023.

More information will be available soon.



  • 20 February 2023: Opening of the call for applications,
  • 20 April 2023: Closing of applications,
  • First week of May 2023: Announcement of the laureates,
  • Week 20 (starting from 22 May 2023): Webinar between the 5 Nordic winners, and award ceremony in each country,
  • Autumn 2023: Mobility in France and public round-table (webinar). 


How to apply

All applications must be made online and in English via the following link: 



If you have any questions, please contact: