Health from Science (TERVA) is an Academy Programme aimed at encouraging Finnish researchers to seek bold, new research initiatives that can solve health issues related to major public health diseases. The programme invites high-risk research designs where the risks are motivated in terms of potentially significant effects on the promotion of public health. In order to receive funding, the projects must involve open-minded approaches at the frontiers of knowledge – they must not be continuations of existing projects. The programme will be implemented jointly with the Finnish Brain Foundation, the Foundation for Pediatric Research, the Finnish Medical Foundation and the Cancer Foundation.
Who is eligible to apply?
The funding can be applied for by consortia consisting of at least two research teams representing at least three research fields.
The programme will provide research projects with funding for up to three years, starting on 1 January 2018. The Academy Board has set the programme’s funding budget at a maximum of 7 million euros. The Finnish Brain Foundation will contribute to the programme's funding with up to 150,000 euros, the Foundation for Pediatric Research with up to 500,000 euros, the Finnish Medical Foundation with up to 300,000 euros and the Cancer Foundation with up to 1.5 million euros.
The total funding by the Academy and the foundations amounts to a maximum of 2 million euros per consortium, and up to 1.3 million euros per consortium subproject.
Projects may receive funding from both the Academy and the foundations, together or separately. The funding decisions, which will be coordinated by the programmes steering group, will be made following the Academy’s and the foundations’ own funding principles. Information about the foundations’ funding principles is available on the foundations’ websites. Academy funding and foundation funding cannot be used to finance the same costs.
The programme memorandum contains more details on the programme’s background, aims, thematic areas, review criteria and funding principles for foundation cooperation. The most important criterion at the first call stage is a high-risk research design where the risks are motivated in terms of potentially significant effects on the promotion of public health.
The programme memorandum is available on our website at www.aka.fi/terva > EN. Carefully reading through the memorandum ensures that you are able to submit a competitive application.
How to apply
The TERVA Academy Programme has a two-stage call. The non-negotiable deadline for letters of intent is 26 April 2017 at 16.15 local Finnish time. Draft the application in the Academy’s online services. Select Open calls > Health from Science (TERVA) 2017, call for letters of intent.
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. Please note that all consortium parties will submit a subproject application also at the first call stage. For both the first and second call stage, also note that consortium PIs can submit the consortium application only after all consortium subprojects have tagged their applications as complete. Consortium compositions cannot be changed after the first-stage deadline has expired.
Based on the letters of intent, the Academy will decide by 22 June 2017 which projects will proceed to the second stage. Those selected to the second stage will be asked to submit full applications in the Academy’s online services by 4 September 2017 at 16.15 local Finnish time. The deadline is non-negotiable.
Appendices to application
The required appendices are listed in Appendix 1 B of the April 2017 call text.
- Programme Manager Jukka Reivinen (Academy Programme Unit), tel. +358 295 335 099
- Project Officer Erika Lempiäinen (Academy Programme Unit), tel. +358 295 335 101
- www.aka.fi/terva > EN
- www.aivosaatio.fi (Finnish Brain Foundation)
- www.laaketieteensaatio.fi (Finnish Medical Foundation)
- www.lastentautientutkimussaatio.fi (Foundation for Pediatric Research)
- www.syopajarjestot.fi (Cancer Foundation)