The Academy of Finland is set to open a targeted call in April 2016 with a view to promoting the utilisation of research results. The call, launched in response to the Finnish Government’s strategic key projects programme, is aimed at strengthening the quality and impact of research and at promoting active collaboration with end-users and beneficiaries of research results. In addition, a particular objective is to promote the opportunities of early-career researchers to conduct top-level research and utilise research results.
“Our goal is to further improve the quality of research and increase its impact in society. One way to do so is by promoting active collaboration with end-users of research and by encouraging experimentation and pilot projects. The upcoming call is open-themed and open to all scientific disciplines,” explains Riitta Maijala, executive director for thematic research funding at the Academy of Finland.
Another goal of the new funding scheme is to support international and cross-organisational researcher mobility as well as researchers’ work in organisations that utilise research results.
The funding can be applied for by researchers whose projects have been highly rated in previously organised peer reviews by the Academy of Finland, equivalent foreign funding agencies or international funders such as the European Research Council (ERC). Eligible to apply are researchers who have or have had funding in 2015 or by the end of the call in 2016 and who are, for instance, Academy-funded Academy Research Fellows or Postdoctoral Researchers. There can be no overlaps with ongoing funding.
The funding will be granted for two years and amount to a maximum of 300,000 euros per project. The funding period runs from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2018. The call’s total funding budget is 30 million euros.
The funding is granted to the researchers’ sites of research, which must be located in Finland.
The call comes as a response to the Finnish Government’s Programme and its strategic objective for knowledge and education. The objective includes a ‘key project’ aimed at strengthening the cooperation between higher education institutions and business life to bring innovations to the market. The Academy of Finland has teamed up with Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, to contribute to the implementation of the key project. Tekes is set to launch its own funding programme in support of the key project.
On 3 February 2016, the Academy and Tekes will host a joint information meeting about the upcoming call. Follow the webcast from the event here. In addition, the Academy will organise a separate briefing on the new funding scheme on 15 March.
Further details are available on the Academy’s website at www.aka.fi/keyproject.
Science Adviser Erja Hänninen, Academy of Finland, tel. +358 295 335 153
Senior Science Adviser Tiina Jokela, Academy of Finland, tel. +358 295 335 046
Senior Science Adviser Jaana Roos, Academy of Finland, tel. +358 295 335 151
Executive Director Riitta Maijala, Academy of Finland, tel. +358 295 335 114
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