Funding for climate change research in developing countries


Research on the impacts and mitigation of climate change in developing countries will be supported through development research funds from the Academy of Finland and the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. In April 2012, the Academy will launch a separate targeted call for development research in the field of climate change. The call will be funded through additional funding from the Ministry. The projects to be funded within this call will be integrated as part of the Academy’s Research Programme on Climate Change (FICCA).

The Academy funds problem-oriented and multidisciplinary development research (research on developing countries) together with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. In development research, the problems to be studied may derive from the local as well as the global level, or from a search and analysis of the connections between development phenomena at different levels. Research projects to be funded shall strive for active collaboration with researchers and research institutes in developing countries. The April 2012 call will supplement the annual call for development research funding.

The projects to be funded within this call are expected to pursue more than one of the following objectives set for the call:

  • to generate knowledge on climate change for developing countries
  • to increase multidisciplinary knowledge and know-how and promote multidisciplinary research environments in developing countries
  • to serve the societal needs of developing countries by producing research knowledge and combining different perspectives
  • to create new research-oriented networks between Finland and developing countries
  • to boost the mobility of researchers and doctoral students between Finland and developing countries
  • to promote collaboration between different actors from Finland and developing countries
  • to produce knowledge with a view to creating innovations to help developing countries adapt to and mitigate climate change.

Applications for research grants will be reviewed in accordance with the Academy’s general review criteria. Applications will also reviewed in terms of their relevance to the themes described above as well as the project’s collaboration and contacts with developing countries and its development-policy relevance. The application shall include a separate description of the impact and the potential applicability of the research results.

The Academy has earmarked some EUR 1 million for the projects. The funding period starts 1 January 2013, and the funding is normally granted for two years. The deadline for applications is 25 April 2012 at 16.15. > Apply now

More information

Science Adviser Riitta Launonen (Culture and Society Research Unit),
tel. +358 9 7748 8229, riitta.launonen(at)

Programme Manager Paavo-Petri Ahonen (Programme Unit),
tel. +358 9 7748 8285, paavo-petri.ahonen(at)   

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