The Academy of Finland and Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, are
committed to implementing the research, development and innovation programme
ICT 2023. According to a report by the ICT 2015 Working Group (Paths to a
Frictionless Finland), the aim of the ICT 2023 programme is to improve
Finland’s scientific expertise in computer science and digital content
development. The programme brings together universities, research institutes,
business companies and funding bodies.
The Academy of Finland and Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, are committed to implementing the research, development and innovation programme ICT 2023. According to a report by the ICT 2015 Working Group (Paths to a Frictionless Finland), the aim of the ICT 2023 programme is to improve Finland’s scientific expertise in computer science and digital content development. The programme brings together universities, research institutes, business companies and funding bodies.
The Academy and Tekes have agreed to open parallel calls under the programme’s themes. The theme of the fifth thematic call is Information Security.
The contents and aims of the call are described in more detail in the memorandum that will be posted on our website before the call opens. Tekes will launch a parallel call for business companies under the same theme and with the same deadline. More information on that call is available on Tekes’ website.
Besides scientific quality, the review of applications will focus on the following:
- international cooperation
- business collaboration
- cross-sectoral mobility by leading-edge researchers
- use of universities’ and research institutes’ own resources to carry out research.
The funding is granted for two years. As a rule, the funding period will start on 1 July 2016. The Academy’s preliminary funding budget is a total of 5 million euros.
The memorandum of the thematic call contains more detailed information on the call’s backgrounds, aims, thematic areas and review criteria. The memorandum will be available on our website (www.aka.fi/ict2023 > EN) by the launch of the call at the latest. Carefully reading through the memorandum ensures that you are able to submit a competitive application.
The required appendices are listed in Appendix 1 B of the September 2015 call for applications. In addition, applicants must append to their application a collaboration plan if the project involves collaboration with companies. See the memorandum for guidelines on how to draft the collaboration plan.
How to apply
The call has two stages. Please note that the non-negotiable deadline for letters of intent is 29 October 2015 at 16.15. Draft the application in the Academy’s online services. Select Open calls > ICT 2023: Information Security 2015, 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.
Based on the plans of intent, the Academy will decide 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 1 April 2016 at 16.15. The deadline is non-negotiable. Applicants may be invited for interviews during the review process.
If the applicant is a consortium, see detailed guidelines on our website under Guidelines for consortium application. Please note that consortium PIs can submit the consortium application only after all consortium subprojects have completed their applications. The non-negotiable call deadline also applies to consortia. Consortium compositions cannot be changed after the deadline has expired. If the consortium includes business companies, see the specific guidelines in the call memorandum.
Academy funding can be applied for by individual research projects and consortia composed of two or several research teams. Applicants can only submit one application to this call.
- Senior Science Adviser Juha Latikka (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Unit), tel. +358 295 335 058
- www.aka.fi/ict2023 > EN