OPEN CALL for networking in reindeer husbandry

The aim of the call is to promote Nordic collaboration between researchers in reindeer husbandry by networking activities including workshops, conferences and seminars. Deadline for application submission is November 20th, 2020 at 24:00 CET.

Focus areas of the call:

  • Reindeer husbandry and climate change adaptation
  • Reindeer husbandry and land-use change
  • Other aspects of reindeer husbandry

Reindeer. Photo.

Reindeer husbandry is a traditional source of livelihood in the Nordic countries, which has adapted to changes in the economy and societal changes in general. Reindeer husbandry is an important part of the bioeconomy in the Nordic Arctic region, as well as an important part of Sami culture. It is important for food supply, and also contributes to tourism and other economic activities related to reindeer husbandry.

NKJ sees the need for more knowledge and increased cooperation on the impact and consequences of climate change and land-use change on the future of reindeer husbandry and is therefore calling for research networks on these topics.     

Overall scope of the call

Successful applicants may receive funds from NKJ of up to 300 000 SEK, covering at most 50% of the total budget for the network.  Participants in submitted networks should represent at least three countries consisting of three research institutions in the Nordic* region. 

Network outputs should be useful for the Nordic community and should include knowledge exchange across national borders through e.g. arranging workshops, seminars, scientific meetings or open conferences. Networks could also produce peer-reviewed scientific papers, design policy recommendations based on research findings, write large-scale research funding applications, and create or maintain databases or websites.

* Nordic is defined as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the autonomous areas of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands.

Reindeer husbandry and climate change adaptation

Reindeer standing in snow. Photo.Reindeer husbandry is primarily based on the use of pastures all year and is therefore particularly vulnerable to climate change. The availability of pastures during winter seasons, and the quality of pastures, will be changing with variations in temperature. Climate change may bring new challenges to reindeer health, such as new types of diseases or intensified outbreaks of existing diseases.

Reindeer husbandry and land-use change

Several reindeers standing in snow. Photo.Reindeer pasture areas are continuously under pressure from other sectors and economic interests. Land-use changes influence the patterns of movement of the reindeer, and the availability of the traditional pastures. Increasing populations of predatory animals is also challenging the traditional use of the pasture areas.

Call for networks in reindeer husbandry (PDF)
Here you will find everything you need to know before applying.

Download the application form (docx)
Download the application form and submit before November 20 at 24:00 CET.

Mimmi Blomquist,

Information about previous NKJ networks