This Kolarctic Cross-Border Cooperation project aims to develop a better understanding of the needs and priorities of SMEs in the Kolarctic region with respect to development of New Natural Kolarctic Products (NNKPs) with assistance from research institutes and academic institutions. The target group are SMEs, and they will be invited to present success stories, priorities and needs and problems that they have encountered in the development, approval and marketing of natural products based on local raw material resources. Reciprocally, they will receive an overview of the existing R&D institutions in the Kolarctic region which have academic knowledge, laboratory capacities, and innovative technologies which could be used for development, testing and production of NNKPs from the natural resources of Kolarctic. Our intention is to organize effective interactions between these two types of organizations in the form of interactive web-resource and face-to-face contacts allowing meeting the needs and capacities of both ends.  

Kolarctic Programme area

The CBC Kolarctic programme for the period 2014-2021 is shown in the figure below, consisting of Core Areas and Adjoining Areas.

Core regions:

Russia: Murmansk Region; Arkhangelsk Region; Nenets Autonomous District
Finland: Lapland
Sweden: Norrbotten
Norway: Finnmark, Troms, Nordland

Adjoining Regions:

Russia: Republic of Karelia; Republic of Komi
Finland: Oulu Region
Sweden: Västerbotten

Major social, economic and cultural centre:

Russia: St Petersburg

Beneficiaries from the adjoining regions (including St Petersburg) can participate in the Programme implementation as equal partners. Justification for inclusion of the adjoining regions to the Kolarctic CBC 2014–2020 Programme is to ensure the continuation of the existing long-term cooperation between the Programme´s core regions and these adjoining regions, in particular with Oulu Region, Västerbotten and the Republic of Karelia. Since many organizations located in the Programme area also cooperate actively with the Republic of Komi, concerning for example the development of livelihoods of indigenous peoples, it is justified to include the Komi Republic in the Kolarctic CBC 2014–2020 Programme as a new adjoining region. More details regarding the definition of the programme area can be found in section 2.2 (page 33) of the Joint Operational Programme (JOP) Document, which is available on the Kolarctic webpage under the Programme Documents sections. Unofficial translations of the JOP Document to Russian, Finnish and Swedish can also be found there. .

For the following period for the CBC Kolarctic Programme 2021-2027 it has been proposed to further restrict the programme area, excluding the adjoining areas that were included in 2014-2021. Updated information about the development of the coming programme can be found here.

Work Package Activities

The Kolarctic NNKP-SMEA project is organised into the following Work Packages:

  • WP1 Project Management
  • WP2 Communication
  • WP3 Regulatory Requirements
  • WP4 Access to development and analysis services
  • WP5 Access to potential new markets

Project Partners


University of Oulu

Northern State Medical University


The NNKP-SMEA project is receiving financing from the European Union via the Kolarctic Cross-Border Cooperation programme. In addition financing is provided by the Norwegian Branch Office of the Kolarctic programme, Lapin Liitto and from own effort of the project partners.

Legal Aspects


This website has been produced with financial assistance from the European Union. The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the NNKP-SMEA project partners and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.