Academy Programme in development research 2018-2022

The Academy Programme in development research will provide funding to multidisciplinary, problem-based research that targets global development issues, helps boost development in developing countries and makes good use of Finnish knowledge and expertise in the field.

The programme’s themes will be based on Finland’s development policy objectives and the UN sustainable development programme.

Development research describes and interprets dimensions of development, helps understand obstacles to development and finds ways in which those obstacles can be removed. In practical terms, the aim is to produce knowledge that can help solve problems related to, for example, health, natural resources, the economy and education. Knowledge is also needed about how international, national and cultural systems work and about the limitations that these systems present to and the opportunities they offer for development.

The research may also focus on other themes relevant to the present objectives and to Finland’s development cooperation and development policy goals, such as critical analysis of development policy and objectives and issues related to sustainable development in the natural economy, and the economy in general and in social terms.

The Academy Programme in development research is a programme jointly prepared by the Academy of Finland and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

The programme's call was opened in September 2017. Academy of Finland received 86 applications to the call by 16 October 2017. The funding decisions will be announced in late February 2018. The programme will provide funding to four-year research projects whose funding periods will start in March 2018.

More information about the programme is available in the programme memorandum (updated 30 Aug 2017).

For more details about the programme, please contact Programme Manager Mikko Ylikangas, firstname.lastname(at)


Mikko Ylikangas
Programme Manager 
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Riitta Launonen
Science Adviser
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Erika Lempiäinen
Project Officer 
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