The Finnish Act on the Openness of Government Activities applies, among other things, to application documents and expert reviews. Research plans, abstracts, progress reports and review reports are, therefore, confidential documents. Application documents must be handled and stored with due care and confidentiality.
Reviewers are not allowed to disclose any information concerning application documents or reviews to outsiders, nor are they allowed to use this confidential information to their own or anyone else’s benefit or disadvantage. In addition, they may not reveal to outsiders that they are reviewing the research plan of a particular researcher. Anyone who has questions about the application documents orreview reports must be advised to contact the Academy.
Once the review has been completed, reviewers are required to destroy all application documents and any copies made of them, or return them to the Academy. Confidentiality must also be maintained after the review process has been completed.
As such, review reports are confidential documents, but applicants will receive the final review on their application after the funding decisions have been made. Applicants are entitled to know the names of the panel members, but the reviewers writing the draft review will not be identified.