The Academy of Finland’s key project funding is aimed at strengthening the quality and impact of research and at promoting active collaboration with end-users and beneficiaries of research results. The call was open-themed and open to all scientific disciplines.
In the Academy's April 2016 call, the key project funding scheme was the most popular funding opportunity with 598 applications. The decisions on key project funding were made September 30, 2016.
The funding is targeted at ongoing, high-quality research and at promoting extensive utilisation of the results of that research. The goal is to further improve the quality of research and increase its impact in society. One way to do so is by promoting active collaboration with end-users of research and by encouraging experimentation and pilot projects.
Another goal of the funding scheme is to support international and cross-organisational researcher mobility as well as researchers’ work in organisations that utilise research results.
The funding is especially geared towards early-career researchers whose projects have been highly rated in previously organised peer reviews.
The funding is granted for two years and amount to a maximum of 300,000 euros per project. The funding period runs from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2018. The call’s total funding budget is 30 million euros. The funding is granted to the researchers’ sites of research, which must be located in Finland.
The call comes as a response to the Finnish Government’s Programme and its strategic objective for knowledge and education. The objective includes a ‘key project’ aimed at strengthening the cooperation between higher education institutions and business life to bring innovations to the market. The Academy of Finland has teamed up with Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, to contribute to the implementation of the key project. Tekes has launced its own funding programmes in support of the key project.
Applicants can apply for funding to cover the PI’s salary for the entire funding period.
Applications will be reviewed under the following criteria:
- potential for application, impact in society
- supporting research by early-career researchers
- promoting researcher mobility
- feasibility, innovativeness and impact of the research plan
- quality and scope of potential end-user community
- new collaborative structures and networks
- support by site of research for commercialisation and other utilisation of research.
Application evaluation form 2016 Key Funding Project (pdf)
Applications have been reviewed by panels consisting of both Finnish and foreign experts in science and in the utilisation of research results. The scientific merits of the projects have been reviewed in connection with the previous funding decision (by the Academy or corresponding foreign or international funding agencies).
The Board of the Academy of Finland has appointed a subcommittee that decided on the allocation of funding. The funding decisions have been made on 30 September 2016.
The progress of the funded projects will be monitored during the funding period. After the funding has ended, the Academy will also assess the success and results of the funding scheme.
- Read more about the implementation of the Government Programme
- Ministry of Education, Science and Culture – Government Programme
- Science Adviser Hannele Lahtinen, tel. +358 29 533 5055
- Senior Science Adviser Jaana Roos, tel. +358 29 533 5151
- Director Arja Kallio, te. +358 29 533 5037