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. The upcoming call is open-themed and open to all scientific disciplines.
The Academy will organise a two-hour information meeting about the funding scheme in Helsinki on 15 March. The event is already fully booked, but a live webcast is available at www.aka.fi/karkihanke-info (viewable also after the event). The Academy is in the process of collecting information on researchers’ preliminary interest in participating in the call. The online survey is available at www.aka.fi/keyproject.
“The funding is targeted at ongoing, high-quality research and at promoting extensive utilisation of the results of that research. 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,” says Riitta Maijala, Executive Director 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 is especially geared towards early-career researchers whose projects have been highly rated in previously organised peer reviews. Applicants may be, for instance, Academy-funded Academy Research Fellows or Postdoctoral Researchers. Also eligible to apply are researchers who have received funding from a foreign or international funding agency equivalent to the Academy of Finland, provided that they have completed their latest doctoral degree no more than 14 years ago. 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.
The survey is available at www.aka.fi/keyproject. We hope that all researchers who are considering participating in the call would provide us with a brief description of the field in which they will possibly apply. This preregistration is in no way binding, but it would help us to speed up the launch of the funding scheme. We will use the fields reported in assembling the panels that will review the applications.
- Science Adviser Erja Hänninen, tel. +358 295 335 153, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
- Senior Science Adviser Tiina Jokela, tel. +358 295 335 046, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
- Senior Science Adviser Jaana Roos, tel. +358 295 335 151, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
- Executive Director Riitta Maijala, tel. +358 295 335 114, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
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