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Academy of Finland to fund ICT 2023 programme

(27 Sep 2013)

The Board of the Academy of Finland has decided to allocate EUR 5 million to fund the first thematic call within the research, development and innovation programme ICT 2023. According to the Finnish Government’s 2014 budget proposal, at least EUR 10 million of the Academy of Finland’s allocation authority for 2014 will be used to implement the ICT 2023 programme.

According to Marja Makarow, the Academy’s Vice President for Research, the aim of the ten-year ICT 2023 programme is to bring together Finnish universities, research institutes and business companies. The programme is included in the proposals of the final report by the ICT 2015 working group that was led by Pekka Ala-Pietilä. The report presents a number of ways to boost Finland’s economy with the help of information and communications technology.

The theme for the first ICT 2023 call is research on information security. The call will have two stages. The first call stage will be launched on 19 November 2013 and the deadline is 18 December 2013. The maximum amount of funding available is EUR 5 million. The call text will be published in mid-October. The funding decisions are contingent on the Finnish Parliament’s decision to allocate the needed appropriations.

The Academy of Finland and Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, will coordinate the ICT 2023 programme together. Tekes will launch a parallel call for business companies.  

More information:

  • Vice President for Research Marja Makarow, tel. +358 295 335 002

Academy of Finland Communications
Director of Communications Maj-Lis Tanner
tel. +358 295 335 114
maj-lis.tanner(at)aka.fi

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