The list below shows the Academy of Finland's funding opportunities listed by purpose.
Post description and requirements
Academy Professors are internationally leading-edge researchers and recognised experts in their field who are expected to have great scientific impact in the scientific community and in society at large. Academy Professors are expected to significantly advance research in their field and to develop creative research environments.
When applying for funding for a research post as Academy Professor you apply for funding for your own salary for up to five years.
The aim is to facilitate full-time scientific research for internationally leading-edge researchers. Academy Professors pursue their research plan, supervise their team and provide guidance to junior researchers. Their duties also include (without separate compensation) supervision of thesis and dissertation writers and teaching associated with the research.
At present, the Academy of Finland funds 41 five-year research posts as Academy Professor in the fields of the Academy’s research councils. The number of Academy Professors varies depending on the funding periods. The aim of the present call is to provide funding to up to 15 new Academy Professors. Plans are in place to open the Academy Professor funding call every two years.
Who is eligible to apply?
The applicant is a researcher. Applicants for a research post as Academy Professor must have demonstrated excellence in research and contributed to the development of their field as a whole.
Applicants who have previously held a research post as Academy Professor must in their application demonstrate their successful activities during their previous term, and their research plans must show scientific ambition and renewal.
The funding towards the Academy Professor salary is determined based on a monthly salary of 8,900 euros. We will also allocate funding for indirect employee costs (28%) and overheads (14.29%, i.e. the funding includes a 12.5% overheads share).
At the first stage of the call, applicants enter the entire salary on the application form. At the second stage, applicants may also apply to have the salary co-funded by another party. Instructions will be provided in November 2017.
Successful applicants can – having received the decision on their salary funding – submit a separate application to the relevant Academy research council for a research cost grant.
The posts are filled for a maximum of five years at a time. The funding period starts on 1 January 2019 and ends on 31 December 2023 at the latest.
The Academy Professor call has two stages. Based on the letters of intent, the Academy’s General Subcommittee will decide in November 2017 who will proceed to submit a full application. The non-negotiable deadline for full applications is 10 January 2018 at 16.15 local Finnish time. Both letters of intent and full applications will be reviewed using international peer review. At the second call stage, applicants will be given an opportunity to respond in writing to questions posed by the reviewers. Responses will be collected in February–March 2018. Decisions on funding recipients and the reserve list are made by the Academy’s General Subcommittee in summer 2018.
Appendices to application
- plan of intent, no more than six pages
- curriculum vitae for PI, no more than four pages (recommendation)
- list of publications by PI; clearly indicate the ten most important publications for the research plan
- applicants who currently hold or have previously held a post as Academy Professor: free-form report on successful activities during previous Academy Professor term and on related scientific renewal, no more than two pages
Append only the requested appendices to the application and make sure to draft them in line with the Academy’s guidelines, see Appendices required on our website. 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. The only exception is the curriculum vitae, which is appended under Personal data/CV.
How to apply
The non-negotiable deadline is 26 April 2017 at 16.15 local Finnish time. Draft the application in the Academy’s online services. Select Open calls > Academy Professor, call for letters of intent.
The additional cost model (14.29%, i.e. the funding includes an overheads share of 12.5%) is applied to the overheads in the applications for salary funding. Salary funding recipients will be asked to submit a separate application for research costs in accordance with the full cost model. The Academy’s contribution to funding comes to no more than 70% of the total research costs.
Biosciences and Environment Research Unit: Science Adviser Timo Sareneva, tel. +358 295 335 106
Culture and Society Research Unit: Senior Science Adviser Hannele Kurki, tel. +358 295 335 052
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Unit: Senior Science Adviser Ritva Taurio, tel. +358 295 335 115
Health Research Unit: Science Adviser Sara Illman, tel. +358 295 335 119
When applying for funding for a research post as Academy Research Fellow you apply for funding for your own salary for up to five years.Academy Research Fellows work on research plans of a high scientific quality.Academy Research Fellows have built extensive research networks and the funding allows them to develop their skills of academic leadership and to establish themselves as independent researchers.
A post as Academy Research Fellow will provide you with a good and diverse opportunity to work independently on your research and to contribute to developing the research in your field.As an Academy Research Fellow you are encouraged to engage in international research collaboration and mobility across international and sectoral borders, for example, so that you will work part of the term abroad.Foreign researchers who already work or who will work in the Finnish scientific community may also apply for the funding.
The duties of Academy Research Fellows include (without separate compensation) supervision of thesis and dissertation writers in their own field and teaching associated with their research, covering 5% of annual working hours.
To be eligible to apply, you must have completed your doctorate no more than 3–9 years ago.Applicants who have completed their doctoral degree more than nine years ago can be considered only for special reasons(maternity, paternity, parental or childcare leave, military service or nonmilitary service, or long-term illness).To be eligible, you will also be required to have switched research environments or engaged in mobility after completing your doctoral degree.
The aim of the funding for research posts as Postdoctoral Researcher is to support the most promising researchers who have recently completed their doctoral degree in gaining competence for demanding researcher or expert positions.
Postdoctoral Researchers have established effective national or international collaborative networks.In the review of applications, particular attention will be paid to the international dimension of the research plan.Postdoctoral Researchers are encouraged to engage in international mobility and collaboration.
We recommend that Postdoctoral Researchers provide (without separate compensation) supervision of thesis and dissertation writers in their own field and teaching associated with their field of expertise, covering 5% of annual working hours.However, no more than 10% of the annual working hours should be spent on teaching and other work not immediately associated with the researcher’s own research.
To be eligible to apply, you must be a researcher with up to four years of experience since PhD completion or up to eight years if you have obtained the degree simultaneously with medical specialist training.To be eligible, you will also be required to have switched research environments or engaged in mobility after completing your doctoral degree.
The application guidelines are available in the latest September call text.
The Academy’s Research Council for Health funds part-time research by physicians and other researchers engaged 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.
To be eligible to apply, you must be a medical doctor with a doctoral degree working in clinical practice or some other healthcare professional with a doctoral degree engaged in clinical practice.Funding will not be granted to full-time university researchers.
The funding is granted towards salary costs to support part-time research (20–50% of working hours) by clinical researchers.The applicant and the site of research must agree the salary in accordance with 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.
The funding is granted for a maximum of three years,usually starting in September following the funding decision.
The application guidelines are available in the latest September call text.
When applying for Academy Project funding, you apply for funding to set up 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 leader of an Academy Project (the principal investigator, or PI) must have the qualifications of a professor or docent.
As a rule, the funding is granted for four years, starting in September.
The application guidelines are available in the latest September call text.
An Academy Programme is research programme funded by the Academy of Finland. It is a thematic, target-oriented and coordinated body of research projects designed to promote the renewal of scientific research and to produce cutting-edge research knowledge in a specific thematic area. A key goal is to generate scientific impact.
The themes of Academy Programmes are research-driven, and defined by keeping an eye on both the overall development of science and future research needs. Academy Programmes are intended to support multi- and interdisciplinary research, crossing the boundaries between research councils, to encourage networks between researchers and to provide a platform for long-term international research collaboration.
The Academy of Finland's Centres of Excellence (CoE) are the flagships of Finnish research. They are at the very cutting edge of science in their fields, carving out new avenues for research, developing creative research environments and training new talented researchers for Finnish society and business and industry.
A CoE is a research and training network that has a clearly defined set of research objectives and is run under a joint management. Funding is provided for a six-year term, which means that CoEs can work to long-term plans and even take risks. CoEs are jointly funded by the Academy of Finland, universities, research institutes, the private business sector and many other sources.
The Academy of Finland and the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs fund problem-oriented and multidisciplinary development research, that is, research on developing countries.
In development research, the problems to be studied may derive from the local as well as the global level, or from a search for and analysis of the connections between development phenomena at different levels.
Development research describes and interprets dimensions of development, helps understand obstacles to development and finds ways in which those obstacles can be removed. In practical terms, the aim is to produce knowledge that can help solve problems related to, for example, health, natural resources, the economy and education. Knowledge is also needed about how international, national and cultural systems work and about the limitations that these systems present to and the opportunities they offer for development. These lines of inquiry in development research are not mutually exclusive but complementary.
There are many objectives for the Academy of Finland’s new funding instrument for strategic research. Most important among these objectives are to provide support for evidence-based policy, solutions to the regeneration of the Finnish society and ideas for the future of both business and industry and working life. At the same time, the funding instrument contributes to developing a method for improved evidence-based policy and for disseminating research knowledge to users across society.
For research environments
Research infrastructures form a reserve of research facilities, equipment, materials and services. As such, they enable research and development at various stages of innovation, while supporting organised research, researcher training and teaching. They also support and develop research and innovation capacity.
Research infrastructures consist of equipment, information networks, databases, multidisciplinary research centres, research stations, collections, libraries and related user services, where these are fundamental to research. In general, major research infrastructures are international and open to collaborative use, providing cooperation possibilities to researchers both abroad and in Finland.
The goal of the Finland Distinguished Professor Programme (FiDiPro) is to strengthen scientific knowledge and know-how in Finland, add a more international element to the Finnish research system, bring added value into the national innovation system and support the research-driven profiling of universities and research institutes.
Through FiDiPro, Finnish universities and research institutes can hire foreign professor-level researchers or Finnish professor-level researchers who have worked abroad for extended periods to conduct and promote research in Finland for a fixed period.
Read more at www.fidipro.fi/en.
The aim of this funding opportunity is to support and speed up the strategic profiling of Finnish universities in order to improve their capacity for enhancing research quality. The funding is intended for measures that strengthen the universities’ strategic research fields and new initiatives. The funding is open to all scientific disciplines.
The funding is applied for by universities, each university with its own application. The funds will be made available in the form of fixed-term development funding to be used to cover the specific costs associated with the transitional changes.
The aim of the flagship programme is to pool together expertise from different fields in Finland to form research clusters that can compete at an international level. These clusters will further contribute to increasing the quality and impact of Finnish research and to supporting the renewal of science.
The programme will reform established structures and foster new ways of working by bringing together experts characterised by a high level of scientific achievement and the pursuit of an international level of excellence. The programme will be based on research themes that have the highest level of importance and impact nationally, and it will consist of research teams with the highest scientific merits.
The funding to be awarded through the flagship programme can be applied for by universities and research institutes. The applicant universities and research institutes must be prepared to significantly invest in establishing and supporting the flagships. Allocating funding not to individual research teams but to organisations that have a strong commitment to the flagship programme is a way to support the long-term development of the research clusters and promote their broad impact.
The funding applications will be reviewed paying close attention to the flagship programme’s objectives concerning internationally top-level research, societal and economic impact, and collaboration between the private and public sectors. The funding decisions will therefore be based on both strict international peer review and robust impact assessment.