The present SRC call is substantially different from the call organised in spring 2015. This is a list of the most important changes:
- The call has two stages.
- The funding period is three years (1 Apr 2016–31 Mar 2019).
- The call includes new eligibility requirements and restrictions.
- The guidelines on the interaction plan have been revised.
- The process of submitting consortium applications in the Academy’s online services has been changed.
- The review form and the review questions have been updated (for both the first and the second call stage).
The Government decided the 2016 themes for strategic research on 15 October 2015. On 2 November 2015, the SRC announced that it had formulated those themes into four strategic research programmes, one for each theme.
A common priority area for all themes is the effects of immigration on Finnish society. The SRC will take this priority area into consideration in each funding programme in the call. The funding programmes are:
- Skilled Employees – Successful Labour Market (original theme: Knowledge, know-how and the changing working life)
- Health, Welfare and Lifestyles (original theme: Health and the changing of lifestyles)
- Security in a Networked World (original theme: Overall security in a global environment)
- Urbanising Society (original theme: The dynamics of urbanisation)
In addition, the SRC will open a supplementary call within the 2015 programme A Climate-Neutral and Resource-Scarce Finland.
The SRC has about 52 million euros to distribute within the 2016 call. As a rule, the funding will be evenly distributed between the programmes. The supplementary call within the programme A Climate-Neutral and Resource-Scarce Finland will provide funding to 1–2 projects.
The projects will run for three years. The funding will start (retroactively) on 1 April 2016 and end on 31 March 2019. The SRC may open a supplementary call in 2018 under some (but not all) of the 2016 themes.
According to a preliminary schedule, the applications going through to the second call stage will be selected on 29 January 2016. The SRC estimates that the second stage decisions will be made on 9 May 2016.
The SRC’s calls are intended only for applications by research consortia. The consortium application is submitted by the principal investigator of the consortium. The PI must be a researcher with a doctoral degree and at least at the docent level. The consortium must be based on true collaboration where the work packages are distributed equally and appropriately between the parties. The research work must not rely too heavily on only one subproject or research environment. The composition of a consortium cannot be changed after the call deadline has expired.
Criteria for consortia applying for funding:
- They must consist of at least three research teams.
- The teams must be from at least two different organisations (e.g. universities, research institutes or business companies).
- The researchers must represent at least three different scientific disciplines.
Detailed guidelines on how to draft a consortium application for the first stage of SRC calls are available in Appendices 1.2 and 1.3 of the call for applications; the guidelines for the second stage are available in Appendices 2.3 and 2.4.
As a rule, the projects to be funded must benefit Finnish research and society or international collaboration. This rule also applies when there is a foreign organisation involved in the consortium. Business companies, too, can apply for SRC funding. The general conditions of the Finnish Act on Discretionary Government Transfers and the Academy of Finland’s general conditions and guidelines apply to all Academy funding. The EU’s state aid rules are applied if the consortium to be funded includes parties that aim to engage in commercial activities.
- Science Adviser Laura Kitti, tel. +358 295 335 152
- Urbanising Society
- A Climate-Neutral and Resource-Scarce Finland
- Science Adviser Jyrki Hakapää, tel. +358 295 335 020
- Skilled Employees – Successful Labour Market
- Science Adviser Erja Hänninen, tel. +358 295 335 153 (Science Adviser Jussi Vauhkonen as of 1 February 2016)
- Health, Welfare and Lifestyles
- Security in a Networked World
- Senior Science Adviser Tiina Jokela, tel. +358 295 335 046
- Senior Science Adviser Tiina Petänen, tel. +358 295 335 091
More information is also available at www.aka.fi/src.