Exploring the best practices for equity in healthy ageing: Thule Institute received the grant from Nordic Council of Ministers Open Call for Nordic-Russian co-operation

The University of Oulu Arctic Health team / Thule Institute researchers got the funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers Open Call for Nordic-Russian co-operation as the coordinators. The project is entitled “Indigenous and non-indigenous residents of the Nordic-Russian region: Best practices for equity in healthy ageing (NORRUS-AGE)”. The consortia includes 10 researchers from 7 institutions* in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Greenland, and Russia, the countries showing different contexts and conditions, both challenging and beneficial for healthy ageing of its older citizens.

The project members would like to create a regional network in gerontology and ageing, identify innovative policies and practices supporting healthy ageing in their national and local areas, and share the results of their work and recommendations via several identified communication and visibility channels to relevant stakeholders. In doing so, they will base their work on the recently released WHO recommendations on the Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030

The project will start in October 2020 throughout March 2022 (18 months). It will support the actions within the on-going Unit projects of Northern Dimension Institute Think Tank Action and UArctic Thematic Network “Health and well-being in the Arctic”, complementing the thematic area of healthy ageing.

*Partner institutions:
University of Oulu (coordinating partner) 
University of Copenhagen 
University of Greenland 
University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway 
Northern Arctic Federal University 
Northern State Medical University
Sociological Institute of FCTAS RAS


The total budget for this application pool was 3 million Danish Kroners, which means that the funder could not accommodate all applicants. Our team has met all selection criteria, focus areas, and received the applied grant in full (450k Danish Kroners). The project will be also co-financed by all partner institutions pulling together its total budget over one million Danish Kroners.



Last updated: 11.8.2020