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Academy opens April call within thematic areas of Strategic Centres

 3 February 2011

The Academy of Finland will open a call for researchers within the thematic areas of the Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation (known in Finnish under the abbreviation SHOK). Funding available for this call comes to EUR 5 million for 2012–2014. The aim is to support researchers working in strategically important areas of the Strategic Centres, universities and research institutes. Researchers involved in the projects to be funded are expected to carry out and actively promote internationally competitive research and thus strengthen the Centres’ research environments.

The call is (with a few exceptions) a targeted Academy project and has two themes. The applicant, i.e. the principal investigator of a research project, must have the qualifications of a professor or an adjunct professor (docent).

The strategic objective of the Academy of Finland is to ensure that innovation development involves a sufficient amount of cutting-edge basic research. According to Riitta Mustonen, Vice President for research at the Academy, research to be carried out in the thematic areas of the Strategic Centres shall be long-term and meet international criteria. “Scientific quality is an absolute criterion for projects to be funded. The international cutting edge is used as a point of comparison,” Mustonen says.

“The Academy’s aim is to increase the number of top-level researchers within the Strategic Centres and thus contribute to securing the scientific expertise the Centres need. The researchers who will be granted funding are expected to apply the full spectrum of science in the fields of the Strategic Centres and further promote smooth and multidisciplinary collaboration between the different phases of innovation and research,” Mustonen underlines.

“The Strategic Centres provide leading-edge research units and business companies applying research results with a new way to establish active and long-term collaboration. The Centres implement research strategies that have been jointly drawn up by business companies, universities and research institutes.”

Special terms

Applicants are requested to contact the relevant Strategic Centre/s when preparing their research plans in order to confirm the significance of the proposed research project from a research point of view. Applicants shall also agree on the research plan, resources, duties and responsibilities with the Strategic Centre/s, and also with the relevant university or research institute and other possible funding bodies. Applicants shall append to their application a free-form account signed jointly by the applicant and the relevant Strategic Centre/s, describing the significance of the proposed research and the expected added value it will generated to the Centre/s. The account must not exceed one A4 page. When drafting other appendices, applicants shall follow the guidelines for targeted Academy projects to be announced in the Academy’s April call for applications.

The Academy will only review applications that are clearly relevant in terms of a Strategic Centre or Centres.


Themes

The call’s two themes will be approached from a broad perspective. The themes have not been confined to the thematic areas of individual Strategic Centres.

The theme Methods and applications of data reserves covers

  • management of large data volumes and data reserves
  • rich data reserves
  • modelling and analysis
  • services based on data reserves.

The theme Individual susceptibility to infections and biomarkers (genetic and mental susceptibility factors and individual behaviour and environmental impacts) covers

  • insights into the susceptibility to infections at life’s turning points by means of different data reserves
  • user experience and user-centred approach in infection diagnostics and monitoring at home
  • cooperation models for individuals and service providers in personalised diagnostics of infections
  • clinical infection examination
  • infection biomarkers.

 Deadline

The application deadline is 29 April 2011 at 16.15. The deadline is non-negotiable.

More information

  • Programme Manager Jukka Reivinen, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi, tel. +358 40 848 7964
  • Project Officer Hanna-Kaisa Haaksi, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi, tel. +358 40 777 1495
  • www.aka.fi/shok

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