The Academy Programme for Development Research is intended to provide funding for multidisciplinary, phenomenon-driven and problem-based research that is concerned with issues of global development, that benefits developing countries’ economic, social and ecological development, and that puts to good use Finnish knowledge and expertise. Its purpose is to work towards achieving the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals as adopted by UN Member States.
The aims of the Academy Programme for Development Research are to:
- produce new research-based knowledge on issues of global development, the causes and mechanisms of poverty and inequality in developing countries, and to find ways to remove obstacles to development and to improve conditions for development
- strengthen and renew high-quality phenomenon-driven and problem-based development research in Finland in the long term
- support cooperation and research between universities and research institutes in Finland and in developing countries
- strengthen the research capacity of universities and research institutes in developing countries
- meet the objectives of Finnish development policy and the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: to end poverty and to reduce inequality in the world
- disseminate new research-based knowledge for more informed decision-making and implementation, to make research-based knowledge more readily available among stakeholders and the general public, and to support improved application of research-based knowledge
- bring together scattered strategic research capacities in Finland
- promote interdisciplinary cooperation in the field of development research
- advance the international networking of Finnish development research.
The programme has three main research themes:
- economic development in developing countries (jobs, livelihoods)
- creating a better-functioning society (welfare, health, education, human rights)
- food security, biodiversity, environmental health and natural resources.
Eligible research projects are to address one or more of these research themes. Furthermore, it is required that the projects support the achievement of the Agenda 2030 goals and support the management of changes that will benefit poor people and promote equality primarily in least developed and fragile countries. In their research plans, applicants are required to identify which Agenda 2030 goals their project addresses and what impacts their project will have in developing countries.
The funding can be applied for by both individual research teams and consortia composed of two or several research teams.
Projects will be awarded with funding for four years, starting on 1 February 2018. Total programme funding is 6 million euros. The Academy of Finland has earmarked up to 3 million euros for the programme and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will contribute an additional 3 million euros to the total funding budget.
Individual research teams may apply for a maximum of 600,000 euros for four years. Consortia will receive a total of no more than 1 million euros per consortium for four years.
The programme memorandum contains more details on the programme’s background, aims, thematic areas and review criteria. It also contains information about the international cooperation required of projects, the special criteria for applications and the funding principles.
The programme memorandum is available on our website at www.aka.fi/kehitystutkimus > EN. Carefully reading through the memorandum ensures that you can submit a competitive application.
Appendices to application
The required appendices are listed in Appendix 1 A of the September 2017 call text. In addition, the application must include a letter of commitment from collaborators and an interaction plan. The contents of the interaction plan are described in the programme memorandum.
How to apply
The Academy Programme for Development Research has a single-stage call. Please note the nonstandard call schedule. The non-negotiable deadline for applications is 16 October 2017 at 16.15 local Finnish time. Draft the application in the Academy’s online services. Select Open calls > Academy Programme for Development Research.
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 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 Mikko Ylikangas (Academy Programme Unit), tel. +358 295 335 143
- Science Adviser Riitta Launonen (Culture and Society Research Unit), tel. +358 295 335 059
- Project Officer Erika Lempiäinen (Academy Programme Unit), tel. +358 295 335 101
- www.aka.fi/kehitystutkimus > EN