EUR 7.2 million to research within Strategic Centres
The Academy of Finland funds research within the Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation with a total of EUR 7.2 million. The funding is granted to seven research consortia and two research projects. The aim is to increase the number of high-level researchers involved in the work of the centres with a view to further strengthening the scientific expertise at the centres.
Academy funding is allocated to research on methods and applications for data reserves, research on susceptibility to infections, and biomarker research. The consortia and projects that receive funding are affiliated with the thematic areas of four strategic centres: Health and Wellbeing SalWe Ltd, Information and communication industry and services TIVIT Ltd, Forestcluster Ltd, and Energy and the environment CLEEN Ltd.
The following research consortia and projects are granted Academy funding:
Venkatachalam Chandrasekar (Finnish Meteorological Institute) heads a consortium that investigates information technology pathways to accelerated scientific discovery from the avalanche of meteorological and environmental data and models. The research is affiliated with the thematic area of CLEEN Ltd. Besides the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the consortium involves researchers from CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd, the University of Helsinki, the University of Eastern Finland, and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
Heikki Hyöty (University of Tampere) heads a consortium that is focused on researching biomarkers for picornavirus diseases. The consortium involves researchers from the University of Turku, the University of Helsinki and Aalto University. The research is affiliated with the thematic area of SalWe Ltd.
Ilkka Julkunen (National Institute for Health and Welfare, THL) heads a consortium that focuses on genetic susceptibility and the development of novel biomarkers for severe influenza. The consortium involves researchers from THL and the University of Helsinki and is affiliated with the thematic area of SalWe Ltd.
Johan Lilius (Åbo Akademi University) is researching agent-based management of embedded data reserves. The research is carried out in cooperation with the University of Turku and is affiliated with the thematic area of TIVIT Ltd.
Sasu Tarkoma (University of Helsinki) heads a consortium that works to develop datacenter indirection infrastructure for secure HEP data analysis. The research is affiliated with the thematic area of TIVIT Ltd.
Jussi Timonen (University of Jyväskylä) heads a consortium focusing on modelling and analysing fibre networks. The consortium involves researchers from the University of Jyväskylä and the University of Helsinki. It is affiliated with the thematic areas of Forestcluster Ltd and TIVIT Ltd.
Jaana Vuopio (THL) heads a consortium that investigates streptococcal infections, host susceptibility and biomarkers. The consortium also involves researchers from the University of Helsinki and is affiliated with the thematic area of SalWe Ltd.
Samuel Kaski (Aalto University) investigates in his project the modelling of multiple data sources. The research is affiliated with the thematic areas of TIVIT Ltd and SalWe Ltd.
Jorma Laaksonen (Aalto University) is researching in his project new automatic annotation and indexing methods for large volumes of audiovisual media data. The research is affiliated with the thematic area of TIVIT Ltd.
The Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation provide a cooperation platform for innovative business companies and research teams. They form a new kind of network for intensive and long-term collaboration with a view to achieving jointly set goals. The aim is to achieve globally significant breakthrough innovations that can result in growing businesses and social wellbeing. The centres are funded by business companies, universities, Tekes ‒ the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, and the Academy of Finland.
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