Finland has assumed the role of a pioneer in providing funding for strategic research. In a country such as Finland, which rests on structures with low hierarchical levels, researchers have relatively easy access to policy-makers, business executives and public servants.
The Academy of Finland is launching a new process to seek out topics for Academy Programmes. In December 2016, the Academy will open an online survey where members of the scientific community can submit proposals for new programme topics.
The Academy of Finland funds researchers at different stages of the research career. The Academy divides the research career into four distinct stages. Of these, the Academy’s funding is targeted at the three latter stages, that is, at postdoctoral researchers, independent research professionals and professors.
Biomimetics is a field of research that involves mimicking natural materials and their properties to create new materials. Read our interview with biomimetics expert, Academy Professor Olli Ikkala.
Efforts are being made to develop more effective personalised treatments for lung cancer. A risk project led by cancer researcher Emmy Verschuren and funded by the Academy of Finland aims to identify effective treatments against certain subtypes of lung cancer detected in patients.
The science-based idea competition Helsinki Challenge brings together the academic community and society at large to solve the world’s grand challenges in cooperation. The competition themes Sustainable Planet, Urban Future and People in Change are linked to the UN’s sustainable development goals. The €375,000 prize is meant for implementing the idea.
The Academy of Finland is currently updating its policy for international activities. The Academy is striving for increased impact and quality in its international operations.
On Thursday, 6 October, the Government adopted in its plenary session the main strategic research themes and priorities for 2017 and 2018.
Researcher Eemil Lagerspetz intends to move computing from computers to pocket devices and from data centres to homes.
Researchers in Finland are working to develop targeted drugs to act as neuroprotective agents in inflammatory brain diseases and neurodegenerative diseases. Heading a project funded under a high-risk funding trial, Academy Research Fellow Kristiina Huttunen is studying the role of prodrugs as an effective drug delivery method to cross the blood-brain barrier.
Urgent action is needed to clamp down on illegal wildlife trade and to ensure the survival of some of Africa’s most iconic animal species. Conservation biologist Enrico Di Minin is working to achieve these goals both in his research chamber and out in the field.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the 2016 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel jointly to Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström for their contributions to contract theory.
Two young postdoctoral researchers, biologists Veera Norros and Heikki Takala, participated in a meeting held in October between the Academy’s Research Council for Biosciences and Environment and the Postdoctoral Researchers it funds.
The steering group that was commissioned to formulate an international policy approach for higher education and research invites all those interested in taking part in the work to join in an online think tank. The think tank is closes on 18 September 2016.
An efficient and safe new drug administration method could help to cure diseases of the back of the eye, while saving on health care costs. Research led by Leena-Stiina Kontturi involves developing better dispensing methods for medicines targeted at the back of the eye.
The Academy of Finland has decided to fund eight new research posts as Academy Professor. The new Academy Professors are Eero Castrén (University of Helsinki), Sara Heinämaa (University of Jyväskylä), Markku Kulmala (University of Helsinki), Matti Latva-aho (University of Oulu), Craig Primmer (University of Turku), Hannu Salmi (University of Turku), Päivi Törmä (Aalto University) and Anu Wartiovaara (University of Helsinki). Their five-year terms commence on 1 January 2017.
Earlier this year, the Academy of Finland made a few key changes to the eligibility requirements concerning its Postdoctoral Researcher and Academy Research Fellow funding schemes. Learn more and see the FAQ section here.
The Academy of Finland is set to implement major reforms to its Centre of Excellence programme. The goal is to have future programmes place greater focus on scientific regeneration, risk-taking opportunities and breakthrough research.
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