The Academy of Finland and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) have decided to open a joint call in the field of Arctic research. The call has four themes:
- Changing Arctic climate, changing diseases
- Ecosystem adaptation to the rapidly changing Arctic
- Information technologies for exploration and geomonitoring in the Arctic
- Youth’s coping strategies in industrial towns in the north.
The aim is to support excellent, long-term and systematic research collaboration with a view to promoting the creation and strengthening of research networks between Finland and Russia. Applications submitted to this call must include research teams from both Finland and Russia. Funding will be granted for three years (2018–2020).
Finnish teams apply for funding from the Academy of Finland following the Academy’s guidelines and Russian teams apply for funding from the RFBR following RFBR guidelines. The funding decisions are made by the Academy and the RFBR jointly so that project parties receive funding from their own national funding agency. Both applications must include identical project titles and research plans.
The Academy has earmarked a total of 1.8 million euros for the call. Applicants should keep this in mind when planning the scope of their project. The overall budget of the project must be realistic. The cost estimate must be justified by type of expenditure in the research plan.
The funded project will be integrated into the Academy of Finland’s ARKTIKO Academy Programme (www.aka.fi/arktiko > EN), and project PIs will be obliged to comply with the same responsibilities as ARKTIKO project PIs.
The Finnish party’s application to be submitted to the Academy of Finland must clearly show the Russian party, the implementation of the collaboration, the distribution of work, the purposes of the funding, and the added value of the collaboration.
The funding can be used to cover researcher salaries, researcher mobility, acquisition of materials and research instruments and other costs (e.g. costs of organising scientific meetings) as well as overheads. The parties will cover their own travel costs.
- scientific quality and innovativeness of the research plan
- added value of the Finnish-Russian research collaboration
- feasibility of the research plan
- scientific merits and results of the Finnish and Russian researchers/research teams
- support for the research careers of early-career researchers.
Appendices to application
- research plan, no more than 15 pages, including:
- clear description of the proposed research and research collaboration (distribution of work and methods of implementation) and the added value to be expected from the collaboration
- joint budget, including separate budgets for both parties
- justifications for the funding applied for
- description of any researcher training to be carried out within the project
- CV for the Finnish applicant and the Russian partner (no more than four pages each), combined into one document
- lists of publications by the Finnish applicant and the Russian partner (combined into one document); in each list, clearly indicate the ten most important publications for the research plan
- data management plan for the Finnish applicant
- statement by an ethics committee or the Committee on Animal Experimentation (if necessary); the ethical aspects must always be specified in the research plan
- invitation by foreign university or research institute, if the research or part of it will be conducted abroad
- progress report on all Academy-funded research projects that have not submitted final reports
How to apply
The Finnish party submits the application in the Academy of Finland’s online services following the Academy’s general application guidelines. Please note the application schedule. The call opens on 11 August 2017 and closes on 11 September 2017 at 16.15 local Finnish time. The deadline is non-negotiable. Draft the application in the Academy’s online services. Select Open calls > Call for joint projects in Arctic research (Academy of Finland and RFBR).
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.
The PI of the Russian research project submits their application to the RFBR according to RFBR guidelines and following the same deadline.
- Programme Manager Mikko Ylikangas (Academy Programme Unit), tel. +358 295 335 143
- Programme Manager Tuula Aarnio (Academy Programme Unit), tel. +358 295 335 146