The first call of the flagship programme will open on 19 October and close on 9 November 2017 at 16.15 local Finnish time.
Only universities, government research institutes or consortia composed of universities and government research institutes are eligible to apply for flagship funding
- Guidelines for consortium application [diagram] (PDF)
- Template for resource table (xlsx)
- Flagship programme, research evaluation form (PDF)
- Flagship programme, impact evaluation form (PDF)
- Riitta Maijala, Vice President for Research, tel. +358 295 335 002
- Maiju Gyran, Senior Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 015
- Sirpa Nuotio, Senior Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 082
- Jukka Tanskanen, Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 071
The aim of the Academy of Finland’s flagship programme is to pool together expertise from different fields in Finland to form high-level research and impact clusters that will further contribute to increasing the quality and impact of Finnish research. A flagship is an effective mix of cutting-edge research, impact in support of economic growth and/or society, close connections to the business sector and society at large, adaptability, and a strong commitment from host organisations to meeting the set targets.
Flagships are high-quality, high-impact competence clusters that work in flexible ways, simultaneously running several research projects and other activities. During the flagship term, the clusters will make ongoing progress and systematically improve and expand their activities.
Only universities, government research institutes or consortia composed of universities and government research institutes are eligible to apply for flagship funding. If you are applying as a consortium, see detailed guidelines on our website.
Applicant organisations must be prepared to make a significant, steadily increasing investment 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 competence clusters and their high-quality research and broad impact.
The funding decisions will be made by the Academy’s General Subcommittee based on the reviews of both the individual reviewers and the scientific and impact panels. The General Subcommittee also reserves the possibility to call the flagship candidate representatives for an interview in April 2018.
Applications for funding under the flagship programme will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
1. Scientific quality
- how the research compares with international standards
- plan for strengthening the quality and renewal of research
- scientific merits and competence of the researchers
- quality and progress of the research environment
- capacity to attract top researchers
2. Societal impact of research
- demonstrated impact that supports economic growth or other significant societal benefits
- plan for strengthening impact and adaptability
- connections to innovation networks and ecosystems as well as to other actors important for research utilisation
- capacity to attract key impact actors
3. Commitment of host organisations and stakeholder participation
- how the flagship candidate is linked to the organisation’s strategy
- organisation’s investments and how they will develop
- appropriateness and potential of the flagship candidate’s structure and partnerships in terms of its activities
- roles of and resources provided by partners
- feasibility and follow-up of the proposed plan
- added value generated by the flagship candidate.