The Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland has started preparing new themes for strategic research.
This time the SRC is looking for theme proposals in topics that have yet to be addressed or that are emerging in the wake of rapid global developments that give rise to new research needs. The SRC invites all interested partied to join in the theme preparation process by participating in an online survey from 17 December to 31 January 2016. On 15 February 2016, the Academy of Finland will arrange an invitation-only workshop and on 12 February a Foresight Friday workshop. The results of these workshops will also be incorporated into the preparation process.
In 2016, the SRC will exceptionally draft a theme proposal for two years: one theme for 2017 and several themes for 2018. This will allow the SRC to make changes in its decision schedules to be able to keep the calls in their present, two-stage format. The SRC has received a lot of feedback from the scientific community concerning the advantages of a two-stage call. The scheduling changes will also allow the SRC to speed up its communications on upcoming programmes and calls and to extend the application dates. In addition, the reform will allow researchers to start their funding periods earlier, already at the start of the year.
The seven, Government-approved themes under which the SRC has opened calls are as follows:
- utilisation of disruptive technology and changing institutions
- a climate-neutral and resource-scarce society
- equality and its promotion
- knowledge, know-how and the changing of lifestyles
- health and the changing of lifestyles
- overall security in a global environment
- the dynamics of urbanisation
Researchers and end-users of research knowledge across the various sectors of society can participate in the theme process by suggesting research themes they feel are topical and societally significant. Click here to take the online survey.
The survey is open from 17 December to 31 January 2016. The SRC will utilise the results of the survey as part of the theme preparation process. The themes proposed in the survey will be listed anonymously on the SRC’s web pages.
At the end of the process, the SRC will submit to the Government a proposal on themes and priorities for strategic research in 2017 and 2018. The Government will then decide the final themes and the SRC will formulate the themes into research programmes.