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Key project funding by the Academy of Finland

The Academy of Finland’s key project funding scheme “Forging ahead with Research” was launched in 2016 as part of the Strategic Programme of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s Government (Finland, a land of solutions). The aim of the scheme is to put the resources of science and research to more effective use and ultimately to achieve greater impact and commercial benefits from research. The Academy is working closely on this scheme with Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation), which has its own funding programme to support key projects.

The aim of Academy key project funding is to promote active collaboration between the research field (universities and research institutes) on the one hand, and end-users of research (business and industry), on the other. Projects funded will aim to promote the more effective use of research results through various experiments and pilots.

The call was open to all disciplines, all research fields, and all themes. Funding was made available to ongoing, high-quality research projects and to furthering the practical application of their results. A particular focus was to support the work of early-career researchers whose projects had received high ratings in previously organised peer reviews.

In connection with the 2016 key project funding call the Academy of Finland

  • received 598 applications
  • had the applications evaluated by 138 experts in 13 review panels
  • granted funding to 101 projects
  • awarded funding worth a total of 30 million euros, or around 300,000 euros per project
  • made key project funding available for two years in 2016–2018
Last modified 12 Oct 2017
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