The Arctic is warming at three times the global average. Shrinking ice and rising temperatures are having predominantly negative impacts on infrastructure, food security, water resources and quality, wildlife, health and well-being, and ways of living, particularly for Indigenous peoples. Changes in the Arctic are not limited to the Arctic; they affect climate, oceans, and access to resources globally.

We must instigate action-based programs that would have a real impact in mitigating or even reversing the effects of climate change. This requires the academic community to work together with resident Arctic communities and members of the policy community. 

The Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Award encourages more action-based, collaborative research, and helps bring creative ideas to fruition. It provides high-level recognition for an innovative idea that transforms knowledge into action to help address the impacts of climate change on the Arctic. Each prize comes with a 100,000 euro unrestricted grant that is intended to help develop the ideas through outreach, engagement and communication. In 2022, two prizes will be awarded to outstanding ideas; one open to anyone (individual or small group) and another specifically catalyzing institutional collaboration in support of innovative action amongst UArctic members.

The prizes will be granted at the Arctic Circle Assembly in October in Reykjavík, Iceland where the awardees will also be celebrated at a special reception. The recipients will also be asked to give a short presentation at the Arctic Circle Assembly and other potentially beneficial venues.


The call for nominations is open until May 17, 2022

The call is inclusive and open to all. They can come from individuals, community groups and organizations; universities and other institutions of higher education, research institutes, non-governmental and governmental entities, private and public sectors. Self-nominations are accepted, as well as nominations from others in support of the nominee(s).

Read the full call and nomination requirements on the award pages 

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The Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Award is a joint activity of UArctic and the Arctic Circle. The award is linked to the name of Frederik Paulsen who for decades has been a strong promoter of Arctic and Antarctic research and cooperation, as well as a patron and supporter of many Arctic endeavors which have facilitated cooperation between experts and scientists from many nations. His support for the Arctic Circle and UArctic is also a contribution to our success.

Arctic Circle is the largest network of international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic and our planet. It is an open democratic platform with participation from governments, organizations, corporations, universities, think tanks, environmental associations, Indigenous communities, concerned citizens, and others. It is nonprofit and nonpartisan.

UArctic is a network of more than 200 universities, colleges, research institutes, and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the Arctic.