The Academy of Finland’s Research Council for Health funds part-time research by
researchers in clinical practice.
The Academy of Finland funds part-time research by physicians and other researchers engaged in clinical practice. The aim is to promote clinical research careers in cooperation with, for example, university hospitals, and to encourage medical doctors working in clinical practice to engage in research so that they can continue pursuing their research career while in specialist training, alongside clinical practice.
Those eligible to apply are medical doctors with a doctoral degree (DMedSc, DDS or DVM) working in clinical practice or some other healthcare professionals with a doctoral degree engaged in clinical practice. Funding will not be granted to full-time university researchers.
The funding is granted towards salary costs to support part-time research (20–50% of working hours) by clinical researchers. The applicant and the site of research must agree the salary based on the pay system at the site of research. They must also agree the working-time arrangements in advance, particularly if the research and the clinical work will be conducted at different sites.
In addition to salary costs, the Academy may also provide funding for research costs. The Academy’s contribution to funding for a project promoting a clinical research career comes to no more than 70% of the total project costs. The total cost estimate presented in the application must include the applicant’s salary and research costs.
In the September 2016 call, the average amount of funding granted for up to four years was 227,000 euros per clinical researcher. The success rate was 30 per cent.
Funding will be granted for up to four years, starting on 1 September 2018.
Appendices to application
The required appendices are listed in Appendix 1 A of the September 2017 call text.
In the September 2017 call, funding can be granted to one and the same applicant only in one of the following funding opportunities:
- funding for research post as clinical researcher
- funding for research post as Academy Research Fellow
- funding for research post as Postdoctoral Researcher
- Academy Project funding (or consortium subproject).
If you do submit more than one application for any of these funding opportunities, or apply for more than one type of such funding, we will only review the first application to arrive.
How to apply
The non-negotiable deadline for applications is 27 September 2017 at 16.15 local Finnish time. Draft the application in the Academy’s online services. Select Open calls > Funding for research post as clinical researcher.
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.
Use the same application to apply for funding for your salary and your research costs. Enter your monthly salary (excl. indirect employee costs) and your working hours to be used for research in the research plan under Implementation. Also, justify the project’s total costs (incl. estimated research costs).Describe also the working-time arrangements that will be put in place to reconcile the research and the clinical work.
On page three of the online application form, briefly describe where you will perform the clinical work and what the work entails.
If needed, please contact the science adviser named below.
- Science Adviser Sanna Marjavaara (Health Research Unit), tel. +358 295 335 070