These pages provide guidelines for researchers and sites of research receiving funding from the Academy of Finland. Research funding awarded by the Academy may only be used for the purpose specified in the funding decision.
Academy research grants are awarded for the applicant’s research project. The grant can be used to carry out the research plan specified in the application. The research must be carried out at the site of research indicated in the application and the granted amount must not be exceeded. The funding is not binding as to type of expenditure.
Researchers who have received funding from the Academy of Finland must submit a research report to the Academy no later than 1st June following the termination of the funding period. The report is submitted via the Academy’s online services.
Research reports are drafted on all Academy decisions on research grants. The reporting period is the same as the funding period in the decision. The guidelines on the Academy’s various funding opportunities are available in the online services.
Monitoring the impact of Academy funding has become increasingly important; the information is used when the Academy reports on its activities. This is why it is essential that researchers complete the research reports in full. Data on publications, other outcomes and researcher visits are of key importance.
Research reports may be written in English, Finnish or Swedish. They cannot be submitted by email.
It is the responsibility of the principal investigators of projects or the grant recipients to submit the research report. In the case of consortia, the PI submits the report on behalf of the whole consortium. Three times a year, the site of research must submit to the Academy an account of the use of the funding (by type of expenditure) and data on FTEs (staff according to the proportion of full-time hours they work), as part of the request for payment.
If you apply for funding at the Academy of Finland during the funding period mentioned in the decision, or after the funding period, but before submitting the research report, you must submit a progress report for each unreported decision appended to the new application. The progress report does not substitute the research report.
If the applicant is the principal investigator of an Academy-funded project that has not been through final reporting, a progress report must be appended to the application, drafted according to the following structure:
Title:Progress report(s) on PI’s projects
Name of applicant, number of application
If there are several reports, put each project separately in the same appendix.
- key project details: decision number, project title, type of funding, amount of funding granted, funding period
- project publications thus far: number of all publications and publications in refereed international publications; bibliographic data for key publications
- composition of research team funded within the project: number of researchers, names of full-time researchers
- short description of project’s progress (max. 2500 characters)
- how the funding being applied for applies to this project (in brief)
The progress report must be drafted in the same language as the application. The progress report(s) is (are) appended as a single document to the application in the online services. Name the attachment file as follows: yoursurname_report.