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 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
Applications for funding under the flagship programme will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
1. Scientific quality
- how the research compares with international standards
- plan for strengthening the quality and renewal of research
- scientific merits and competence of the researchers
- quality and progress of the research environment
- capacity to attract top researchers
2. Societal impact of research
- demonstrated impact that supports economic growth or other significant societal benefits
- plan for strengthening impact and adaptability
- connections to innovation networks and ecosystems as well as to other actors important for research utilisation
- capacity to attract key impact actors
3. Commitment of host organisations and stakeholder participation
- how the flagship candidate is linked to the organisation’s strategy
- organisation’s investments and how they will develop
- appropriateness and potential of the flagship candidate’s structure and partnerships in terms of its activities
- roles of and resources provided by partners
- feasibility and follow-up of the proposed plan
- added value generated by the flagship candidate.
- Senior Science Adviser Maiju Gyran, tel. +358 295 335 015, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
- Flagship programme, call specifications