The Academy of Finland’s Research Council for Health funds part-time research by
researchers in clinical practice.
The aim is to promote clinical research careers in cooperation with, for example, university hospitals, and to encourage medical doctors working in clinical practice to engage in research so that they can continue pursuing their research career while in specialist training, alongside clinical practice.
The funding is granted towards salary costs to support part-time research (20–50% of working hours) by clinical researchers. In recent years, the funding of the Research Council for Health has corresponded to a monthly salary of 4,300 euros for doctoral degree holders and 5,000 euros for docents (max. six months per year). The funding period is four years. The applicant and the site of research must agree the salary based on the pay system at the site of research. They must also agree the working-time arrangements in advance, particularly if the research and the clinical work will be conducted at different sites.
In addition to salary costs, the Academy may also provide funding for research costs. In recent years, the Research Council for Health has granted no more than 35 000 euros per year in funding for research costs. The Academy’s contribution to funding for a project promoting a clinical research career comes to no more than 70% of the total project costs. The total cost estimate presented in the application must include the applicant’s salary and research costs.
In the September 2017 call, the average amount of funding granted for up to four years was 239,000 euros per clinical researcher. The success rate was 26 per cent. Those who have received clinical researcher funding may have a concurrent project funded under the Academy Project funding scheme.
Funding will be granted for up to four years, starting on 1 September 2019.
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.
In the September 2018 call, funding can be granted to one and the same applicant only in one of the following funding opportunities:
- funding for research post as clinical researcher
- funding for research post as Academy Research Fellow
- funding for research post as Postdoctoral Researcher
- Academy Project funding (or consortium subproject).
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.
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 > Funding for research post as clinical researcher.
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.
Use the same application to apply for funding for your salary and your research costs. Enter the monthly salary (excl. indirect employee costs) and the working hours to be used for research in the free-text field on the tab Funding for the project. Also justify the project’s total costs (incl. estimated research costs). Describe the working-time arrangements that will be put in place to reconcile the research and the clinical work (on the tab Research plan, item 6).
On the tab Clinical work in the online form, briefly describe where you will perform the clinical work and what the work will entail. If needed, please contact the science advisers named below.
Those eligible to apply are medical doctors with a doctoral degree (DMedSc, DDS or DVM) working in clinical practice or other healthcare professionals with a doctoral degree engaged in clinical practice. Funding will not be granted to full-time university researchers.
- Science Adviser Sanna Marjavaara, tel. +358 295 335 070
- Science Adviser Sara Illman, tel. +358 295 335 119