When you apply for Academy Project funding, you apply for funding to hire a research team.
The Academy Project funding scheme is designed to promote the quality and diversity of research, scientific impact and impact beyond academia as well as science self-renewal. The aim is to attain internationally as high a scientific standard of work as possible and to support scientific breakthroughs and top-tier international research collaboration.
The funding is granted primarily to teams of researchers with doctoral degrees. In Academy Projects, we encourage researchers to engage in international mobility that will support the research, for example, so that researchers hired to the project work abroad for a fixed period. The project may also hire foreign researchers who already work or who will work in the Finnish scientific community. The funding may also be used to hire researchers returning to Finland.
Academy Project funding can be used to cover both direct and indirect research costs of the research team arising from, for example, the following:
- working hours (salary)
- national and international collaboration and mobility
- work and researcher training abroad
- preparation of international projects
- publishing (e.g. costs of open access publishing).
Appendix 1 A of the September 2018 call text shows the research councils’ principles for project size as well as statistics on the decisions from the previous round.
As a rule, the funding is granted for four years, starting on 1 September 2019.
Special conditions and restrictions
Academy Project funding is primarily intended towards the salaries of researchers who work full-time on the project and for other project costs. For guidelines on the PI’s salary, see page 7 of the September 2018 call text.
In the September call, we will consider only one application per researcher if the application concerns Academy Project funding (incl. a consortium subproject), Academy Research Fellow funding, Postdoctoral Researcher funding or clinical researcher funding. If you do submit more than one application for any of these funding opportunities, or apply for funding from more than one of them, we will only review the first application to arrive. Applications that are not reviewed will not be eligible for funding.
If you have ongoing Academy Project funding (an independent project or a consortium subproject), or funding allocated to an Academy Research Fellow or an Academy Professor for hiring a research team, you will not be eligible to receive funding for a simultaneous Academy Project except for very compelling reasons. In the September 2018 call, however, a PI who has an ongoing project with Academy Project funding ending on 31 December 2019 can be granted Academy Project funding as of 1 September 2019.
Directors, vice directors and team leaders of Academy-funded Centres of Excellence (CoE) cannot receive Academy Project funding during the first three years of the CoE term.
The research councils may have their own principles concerning Academy Project funding. Be sure to familiarise yourself with the principles of the research council to which you will submit your application.
Parts of the application
- invitation by foreign university or research institute, if the research or part of it will be conducted abroad; please do not append any letters of recommendation
- statement by ethics committee or committee on animal experimentation
- progress report on all Academy-funded projects headed by the applicant that have not submitted final reports
The technical instructions concerning the application will be supplemented in August so that they are ready when the call opens on 10 September. You can use the previously published guidelines to help you prepare your application before the call opens. Please check the updated guidelines on our website before filling in your application.
How to apply
The non-negotiable deadline for applications is 1 October 2018 at 16.15 local Finnish time. Fill in the application in the Academy’s online services. Select Open calls > Academy Project funding.
Draft the application so that the Academy’s contribution to funding comes to no more than 70% of the estimated total project costs. Read more on our website under Full cost model.
If the applicant is a consortium, see detailed guidelines on our website under Guidelines for consortium application (to be updated). Please note that consortium PIs can submit the joint consortium application only after all consortium subprojects have tagged their applications as complete. The non-negotiable call deadline also applies to consortia. Consortium compositions cannot be changed after the call deadline has expired.
If you want to apply for Academy Project funding, you must (in addition to being the principal investigator on the project) be a researcher with the qualifications of a professor or docent.
If you do not have an employment relationship with, for example, a university or research institute, you must give an account of how your salary will be covered during the funding period. If your status changes after you have submitted your application, please notify us immediately. These details must be accounted for in the application.
Division of Biosciences, Health and Environmental Research:
- Science Adviser Vera Mikkilä, tel. +358 295 335 048
- Senior Science Adviser Jaana Lehtimäki, tel. +358 295 335 060
- Science Adviser Suvi Broholm, tel. +358 295 335 045
- Science Adviser Timo Sareneva, tel. +358 295 335 106
Division of Social Sciences and Humanities Research:
- Science Adviser Satu Huuha-Cissokho, tel. +358 295 335 075
- Science Adviser Riitta Launonen, tel. +358 295 335 059
- Science Adviser Helena Vänskä, tel. +358 295 335 036
Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research:
- Science Adviser Jukka Tanskanen, tel. +358 295 335 071
- Science Adviser Jenni Heino, tel. +358 295 335 030
- Science Adviser Timo Lehtinen, tel. +358 295 335 054
- Senior Science Adviser Samuli Hemming, tel. +358 295 335 024