The Academy of Finland monitors the impact of the research it funds. In terms of follow-up, reports are those providing key information. The principal investigators of projects or the grant recipients are in charge of the reporting.
Funding granted by the Academy of Finland is regarded as a discretionary government transfer. The Finnish Act on Discretionary Government Transfers obliges the Academy to monitor that the funding is used for the granted purpose.
The official report on the use of funding is made up of payment requests submitted to the Academy. Sites of research submit to the Academy an account of the use of the funding and data on staff, according to the guidelines for payment of funding.
Guidelines for reporting
- Guidelines for scientific reporting (April 2017)
- Guidelines concerning impact beyond academia (April 2017)
Some funding instruments have specific instructions for reporting:
- Funding to strengthen university research profiles: interim report to be submitted each year by 1 March, and final report upon end of funding period
- Academy Programmes: follow-up is the responsibility of the appointed steering group and the programme coordinator, who together draft a programme-specific plan for monitoring and evaluation. In addition to research reports, the programmes may also be requested to submit other reports, e.g. annual reports.
- Centres of Excellence: CoEs submit annual reports on their activities. The activities are also monitored by scientific advisory boards to which the CoEs report on their activities.