The Academy of Finland has granted Academy Project funding to 39 research projects in the field of culture and society. The projects, funded by the Academy’s Research Council for Culture and Society, include eight consortia, which involve research collaboration between several organisations. The projects mainly include researchers with a doctoral degree.
The Research Council received a total of 388 applications for Academy Project funding in the September 2014 call. The success rate was some 13 per cent. The total funding granted by the Research Council within the Academy Project funding scheme amounts to nearly 24 million euros.
Academy Project funding is designed to further boost the international quality of Finnish research and to strengthen its creativity, capacity and impact. The funding provides researchers with an opportunity to carry out scientifically ambitious research and make new advances. The projects will begin work in September with funding provided for four years.
Examples of funded projects
The projects that were granted Academy Project funding cover a range of historical topics: scribal practices in Graeco-Roman antiquity; prehistoric personal name systems in Uralic languages; living and dying in the harbour city of Ostia in 300 BCE–700 CE; registers of beliefs and expressions in the early modern North; and shipwrecks and salvage in the 18th century Gulf of Finland.
Learning is also a popular topic among the funded projects, which approach the subject from many different perspectives: online inquiry in building knowledge work competences; the role of emotions in learning at work; co-inquiry and co-design; intercultural music teacher education; and teachers’ orchestration of argumentation in physics and mathematics lessons. Other funded research themes include adolescent learning, health and wellbeing, and developmental and experimental perspectives to sleep regulation.
Funding was also granted to projects on dynamic energy systems, intermediaries in the energy transition, political trust and media power in economic and environmental policy.
- list of funded projects
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