The FIRI 2016 calls for research infrastructure projects applications will be reviewed in July–September 2016. The FIRI Committee will make the funding decisions on 2 December 2016 and 31 January 2017. The application guidelines are published in the call text for the Academy of Finland's April 2016 call.
A databank of Finland’s research infrastructures is available at infras.openscience.fi. The databank provides information to researchers, research infrastructure service providers and funding agencies. It is a service that aims to promote sharing and openness by describing and showcasing research infrastructures and their services in a unified manner.
Research infrastructures refer to a reserve of research facilities, equipment, information networks, databases, materials and services enabling research and development at various stages of innovation.
Research infrastructures may be based at a single location (single-sited), scattered across numerous sites and organisations (distributed), or provided via a virtual platform (virtual). They can also form mutually complementary wholes and networks. Europe hosts several large-scale research infrastructures that are open to collaborative use across national boundaries.
The Academy of Finland provides funding for the acquisition, establishment or upgrading of nationally important research infrastructures that promote scientific research in Finland.
Finland’s research infrastructure ecosystem includes major national research infrastructures, partnerships of Finnish actors in European infrastructure projects (ESFRI), international research infrastructures that Finland has joined through state agreements or other agreements, and local infrastructures denoted as significant by their host research organisations. Finland’s Strategy and Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2014–2020 steers the development of all parts of this ecosystem.Read more:
This is a list of research infrastructures included in Finland’s Strategy and Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2014–2020.
- ANAEE (Infrastructure for the Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems)
- BBMRI (Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure)
- Biocenter Finland
- Bioeconomy Infrastructure
- CESSDA (Council Of European Social Science Data Archives)
- Cherenkov Telescope Array
- CLARIN (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure)
- CSC RI (IT Centre for Science)
- EATRIS (European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine)
- EISCAT (European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association
- ELIXIR (European Life-Sciences Infrastructure for Biological Information)
- EPOS (European Plate Oberving System)
- Euro-BioImaging (Research Infrastructure for Imaging Technologies in Biological and Biomedical Sciences)
- ESS (European Social Survey)
- FCGI (Finnish Grid and Cloud Infrastructure)
- FINMARI (Finnish Marine Research Infrastructure)
- EMBRC (European Marine Biological Resource Centre)
- Euro-Argo (Global Ocean Observing Infrastructure)
- FinElib (Finnish National Electronic Library)
- Finna (Public Interface of the National Digital Library)
- FMAS (Finnish Microdata Access Services)
- ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System)
- INAR RI (Integrated Atmospheric and Earth System Science Research Infrastructure)
- Infrafrontier (European Research Infrastructure for Phenotyping and Archiving of Model Mammalian Genomes)
- Instruct (Integrated Structural Biology Infrastructure)
- JYFL-ACCLAB (Accelerator Laboratory of the University of Jyväskylä)
- MAX IV Laboratory for Synchrotron Radiation Research
- NaPPI (National Plant Phenotyping Infrastructure)
- NVVL (National Virus Vector Laboratory)
- oGIIR (Open Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Research)
- OtaNano (Otaniemi Micro- and Nanotechnology Research Infrastructure)
- PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe)
- TTA and KDK-PAS (National Research Data Initiative (TTA) and National Digital Library Initiative – Long-Term Preservation Project (KDK-PAS)
- XFEL and XBI (European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser and its Integrated Biology Infrastructure)
The Finnish Research Infrastructure Committee (FIRI Committee) at the Academy of Finland monitors and develops Finnish and international research infrastructure activity, provides funding to infrastructure projects and monitors funded projects. The Committee also takes care of other infrastructure tasks as assigned to it by the Academy Board.
- Chair: Director Riitta Maijala (Academy of Finland)
- Vice Chair: Counsellor of Education Erja Heikkinen (Ministry of Education, Science and Culture)
- Professor Paula Eerola, University of Helsinki
- Director General Juhani Eskola, National Institute for Health and Welfare
- Rector Mikko Hupa, Åbo Akademi University
- Vice Rector Keijo Hämäläinen, Universities Finland UNIFI, University of Helsinki
- Director General Lea Kauppi, Finnish Environment Institute
- Ministerial Adviser Pirjo Kutinlahti, Ministry of Employment and the Economy
- Rector Liisa Laakso, University of Tampere
- Rector Markku Lahtinen, Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (ARENE), Tampere Polytechnic
- Director Ilona Lundström, Tekes – Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation
- Rector Jukka Mönkkönen, University of Eastern Finland
- Professor Hannu Savolainen, University of Jyväskylä
- Executive Vice President, Strategic Research Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
- Professor Mika Rämet, University of Oulu
- Permanent Secretary Päivi Sillanaukee, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
- Professor Lea Sistonen, Åbo Akademi University.
Counsellor of Education Petteri Kauppinen from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture is a permanent expert on the Committee.
- CERN - the European Organization for Nuclear Research
- EMBL - The European Molecular Biology Laboratory
- ESO - The European Southern Observatory
- ESA - The European Space Agency
- ITER - International nuclear fusion research and large-scale scientific experiment
- IIASA - The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
This is a list of international infrastructures where Finland is a member.
- BBMRI (Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure) – ESFRI
- CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research)
- CESSDA (Council Of European Social Science Data Archives) – ESFRI
- CLARIN (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure) – ESFRI
- EATRIS (European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine) – ESFRI
- EISCAT (3D) (European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association) – ESFRI
- ELIXIR (European Life-Sciences Infrastructure for Biological Information) – ESFRI
- EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory)
- EPOS (European Plate Observing System)
- ESA (European Space Agency)
- ESO (European Southern Observatory); E-ELT (European Extremely Large Telescope)
- ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility)
- FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research)
- GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility)
- ICDP (International Continental Scientific Drilling Programme)
- ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System) – ESFRI
- INCF (International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility)
- Infrafrontier (European Research Infrastructure for Phenotyping and Archiving of Model Mammalian Genomes) – ESFRI
- IODP (Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme)
- MAX IV Laboratory for Synchrotron Radiation Research
- Mittag-Leffler Institute
- NEIC (Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration)
- NOTSA (Nordic Optical Telescope Scientific Association)
At the initiative of the European Commission, EU Member States have established a strategic forum with a view to discussing issues on common research infrastructure, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). ESFRI is composed of representatives of national ministries who together seek to promote European research infrastructure policy. A key part of this cooperation focuses on how to efficiently use and develop present infrastructures and how to plan and construct new ones.
ESFRI projects typically require either major investments at the construction phase or long-term financial commitments. ESFRI has also compiled a roadmap (PDF) for key infrastructures of the future. Most of the European research infrastructures are financed and used nationally.
- Finland’s Strategy and Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2014–2020 (PDF)
- Finnish research infrastructures databank
- ESFRI website
- National-Level Research Infrastructures. Present State and Roadmap (Ministry of Education 2009, PDF)
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