The aim of the Academy of Finland’s flagship programme is to pool together expertise from different fields in Finland to form high-level research and impact clusters that will further contribute to increasing the quality and impact of Finnish research.
A flagship is an effective mix of cutting-edge research, impact in support of economic growth or society, close connections to the business sector and society at large, adaptability, and a strong commitment from host organisations. Flagships are high-quality, high-impact competence clusters that work in flexible ways, simultaneously running several projects and other activities. During the flagship term, the clusters will make significant progress and make good use of the flagship funding to systematically improve and expand their activities.
The funding earmarked for the flagship programme comes to 25 million euros in 2018 and 25 million euros in 2019.
The Academy of Finland has selected the first two competence clusters to be funded under its new Flagship Programme. The two clusters are: CERES – the Competence Centre for the Materials Bioeconomy: A Flagship for our Sustainable Future (Aalto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd) and 6Genesis – the 6G-Enabled Wireless Smart Society & Ecosystem (University of Oulu).
The 6Genesis flagship is focused on the development of wireless technology, exploring the implementation of the fifth generation of mobile communication technology (5G) and the development of the 6G standard. The flagship will support industry in bringing the 5G standard to the commercialisation stage by carrying out large pilots with a test network.
It will also develop essential technology components needed for 6G, targeting areas such as wireless connectivity and distributed intelligent computing and novel applications of these. In addition to communication between people, the research will focus on communication between devices, processes and objects. This will contribute to enabling a highly automated, smart society, which will penetrate all areas of life in the future.
The CERES flagship will focus on the future solutions of the bioeconomy and on materials research. Researchers in the flagship aim to develop, for instance, novel lignocellulose-based materials for industrial production in international markets.
Completely new kinds of materials have wide application in several life domains: textiles, wearables, household products, air and water purification systems, next-generation catalysts, ultralight transport and energy harvesting systems. The flagship bases its research firmly on sustainable development, and the researchers believe that the solutions to be developed have the potential to simultaneously generate growth and increase the societal welfare in a sustainable manner.
The funding may be applied for by universities or government research institutes, or by consortia formed by such organisations. The flagships to be funded will be selected based on both scientific excellence and major impact. The funding will be granted for eight years.
The host organisations of the flagships must be prepared to make a significant, steadily increasing investment in supporting the flagships. In addition, flagships are required to have secured a significant amount of national and international funding; their activities can also be supported by funds received from companies, the public sector or non-profit organisations. When applying for flagship funding, all available resources and resource plans must be clearly described in the research and impact plan, as they will be considered in the review
- Senior Science Adviser Maiju Gyran, tel. +358 295 335 015,
- Senior Science Adviser Sirpa Nuotio, tel. +358 295 335 5082
- Science Adviser Jukka Tanskanen, tel. +358 295 335 5071
- Flagship programme, call specifications
- 8 applications go through to second stage of Academy of Finland’s Flagship Programme call (10 Jan 2018)
- Academy of Finland selects first two competence clusters to the new Flagship Programme (18 Apr 2018)
- the Flagship Programme Subcommittee