What we do
- We grant competition-based funding for scientific research, researcher training and the development of framework conditions for research.
- We provide science policy expertise.
- We promote scientific research and its application.
- We develop international scientific cooperation.
- We perform any other science policy expert roles assigned to us.
How we do it
- We receive funding applications from researchers (some 4,000 applications each year).
- We assemble panels of international experts to review the applications.
- Members of our research councils, the Strategic Research Council, the Finnish Research Infrastructure Committee or the Academy Board make the funding decisions based on the panels' reviews.
- The success rates in our key funding opportunities are around 10–20 per cent.
- We grant funding for 3–6 years, in most cases for four or five years.
Our funding criteria
- Multidisciplinary, phenomenon-based and internationally oriented research
Advantages of peer review and open competition
- International peer review indicates the quality of the research in comparison to the international level.
- Peer review and open competition allow us to support the best researchers and research teams.
- Peer review and open competition help us to identify new initiatives.
We also promote
- Development of research environments, such as research infrastructuresIncreased independence of early-career researchers
- Evidence-based policy and decision-making in various sectors of society
- The societal impact of research
Academy in Brief (2016, pdf)
Presentation slides 2016:
- AF2016_R&D in Finland.pdf
- AF2016_Academy of Finland.pdf
- AF2016_Funding opportunities.pdf
- AF2016_Review and processing.pdf
- AF2016_Funding decisions 2015.pdf
Last modified 18 Jan 2017