The Academy Programme Mineral Resources and Material Substitution (MISU) will open a supplementary call for researchers engaged in international research collaboration. The aim is to support long-term research collaboration in the field of mineral resources with a view to promoting the creation and strengthening of collaborative research networks. The collaboration may involve all relevant target countries.
Applications are invited from the following research topics focusing on mineral resources and material efficiency:
- Chemical and physical processes for beneficiation of complex minerals
- beneficiation of complex minerals and control of impurities (excl. biobased processes)
- Mine site waste management
- new methods for producing less waste or fitting waste into smaller volumes
- reuse of mine tailings
- novel methods for mine waste storage or damming
- Utilising geophysical and geochemical methods in mine site planning (excl. prospecting)
- new measuring methods and their utilisation
- novel utilisation of measuring methods
- processing and interpretation of measurement data for mine site planning (e.g. ore content, characteristics, continuity)
- environmental measurements (e.g. condition of waste sites).
The funded teams are required to have established a high-quality and genuine collaborative relationship with the foreign team. Applicants must also assess the project’s future impact for the extractive industry and business.
In this call, the Finnish site of research is required to commit to the project to a greater degree than what is required in the Academy’s general commitment conditions. The application must show how the project supports the strategic international partnerships of the applicant’s Finnish host organisation and how the site of research commits to supporting the project's international collaborations during and after the project (e.g. additional research funding, researcher or student exchange, doctoral school collaboration).
The funding may be applied for by an individual research team or a Finnish consortium with important and solid international collaborations in the theme concerned. The applicant may already be part of the MISU programme or become part of it through this call.
Projects will be awarded with funding for up to three years, starting on 1 October 2018. Each project may apply for no more than 350,000 euros in Academy funding. The Academy is prepared to fund up to four projects with a total amount of 1 million euros.
The Academy’s funding is granted to cover the research costs of the Finnish party of the collaboration. We require that the foreign partner has secured their own funding for the joint project from other funding sources.
How applications are reviewed
The applications will be peer-reviewed using the following criteria:
- how the project supports the objectives of the call
- scientific quality and innovativeness of the research plan
- feasibility of the research plan
- added value generated by the international research collaboration
- scientific merits and results of the Finnish and international researchers/research teams.
Other factors that will be considered in decision-making include the support offered by the site of research (both during and after the project), the estimated impact of the project, and how the project supplements the programme contents.
The projects to be funded will form part of the Academy Programme Mineral Resources and Material Substitution (MISU). The MISU programme memorandum contains more details on the programme’s background, aims and thematic areas.
Appendices to application
Appendices to application for MISU funding in April 2018
- research plan drafted according to the guidelines for this MISU call (differ from research plans in other calls); both individual projects and consortia use the same template
- appendix: foreign research team’s commitment to the presented research plan
- appendix: commitment by the applicant’s site of research to supporting the project (as presented in the research plan) during and after the funding period
Appendices according to the Academy’s general guidelines
- CV for the Finnish applicant and the international partner (no more than four pages each), combined into one document
- lists of publications by the Finnish applicant and the international partner (combined into one document); in each list, clearly indicate the ten most important publications for the research plan
- data management plan for the Finnish applicant
- statement by an ethics committee or the Committee on Animal Experimentation (if necessary); the ethical aspects must always be specified in the research plan
- invitation by foreign university or research institute, if the research or part of it will be conducted abroad
- progress report on all Academy-funded projects headed by the applicant that have not submitted final reports
Append only the requested appendices to the application and make sure to draft them in line with the Academy’s appendix guidelines. Make sure not to exceed the maximum length of appendices. Draft the appendices in PDF format and in English, and append them to the application in the online services under Appendices. An exception is the curriculum vitae, which is appended under Personal data/CV.
How to apply
Get in touch with the call’s contact person at the Academy when you are preparing to apply.
The non-negotiable deadline for applications is 25 April 2018 at 16.15 local Finnish time. Draft the application in the Academy’s online services. Select Open calls > MISU: international projects.
Draft the application so that the Academy’s contribution to funding comes to no more than 70% of the estimated total costs of the Finnish project during the funding period. Read more on our website under Full cost model. On the application, only enter the budget of the party applying for funding from the Academy. In the research plan (item 5), enter the individual budgets of all other parties committing to the project (the foreign research team’s own funding and the possible additional funding supplied by the Finnish site of research).
If the applicant is a Finnish consortium, see detailed guidelines on our website under Guidelines for consortium application. 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.
- Programme Manager Tuomas Katajarinne (Academy Programme Unit), tel. +358 295 335 067
- Programme Manager Tommi Laitinen (Academy Programme Unit), tel. +358 295 335 057
- www.aka.fi/misu > EN