The Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Award

Award Ceremony at the

2021 Arctic Circle Assembly, 

October 14-17, Reykjavík Iceland

The Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Awards are awarded to action-oriented scientific initiatives to improve and reverse the dramatic effects of climate change in a concrete way.

Applicants are invited to propose solutions to improve and reverse the effects of climatic change in one or more of the following categories:

  • Preventing and reversing climate change through technological developments that can be accomplished through concrete and practical implementation.
  • Containing and mitigating climate change through concrete actions and plans.
  • Proposals for regulatory and policy change by way of legislation.

Deadline for nominations is 30 June 2021

The Award winner will be selected by the Award Council. The winner will receive:

EUR 100,000

as well as

the opportunity to present the winning project at the Award Ceremony,

a reception and dinner in their honour


an opportunity to implement the project through the UArctic network.

Frederik Paulsen

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 being a patron and a crucial supporter of many Arctic endeavours which have facilitated the cooperation between experts and scientists from many nations. Frederik Paulsen has also demonstrated strong respect for the culture and the livelihood of indigenous peoples. His support for the Arctic Circle and the UArctic is also a contribution to our success.

The Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Award will serve to promote and raise awareness of promising projects which address climate change through concrete actions and plans.

Nominate Nomination guidelines

About the Award:

Solutions for growing climatic change will not come from hope alone. They will also not be found solely in future technological or current regulatory innovations.

We must work together to solve the underlying causes of the ongoing transformation of our Arctic systems. We must harness all resources at our disposal.

So far, many climatic actions have centered on measurement, information gathering and analysis. Today, however, there is a strong interest in moving towards action-based scientific programs to improve and reverse the dramatic effects of climate change in a concrete way.

Two leading organizations have come together to address the greatest challenge facing the Arctic region: Global Warming.

Arctic Circle is the largest network of international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic, and disseminates information related to the Arctic on an international scale.

University of the Arctic (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.

Through a unique collaboration it is aimed to create a new forum and incentive for scientific action programs.