The Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland aims to develop and roll out new strategic research themes each year. Work is well underway to formulate the themes for 2016.
Some time ago, the SRC invited all members of the scientific community and users and beneficiaries of research from various areas of society to have their say in the preparation of new themes. The SRC opened an online questionnaire where anyone could submit topical and societally significant research theme proposals. The questionnaire yielded a total of 280 proposals, which will be used by the SRC as part of the theme preparation process.
The SRC’s final proposals on strategic research themes for 2016 will be announced during an open consultation to be held in the auditorium of the National Museum of Finland on Tuesday 26 May at 14.00–17.00. Registration is now open at www.academyevents.fi (code: STNteemat2016). Registration closes on 19 May.
During the consultation, participants will get a chance to comment on and discuss the theme proposals. The event will also be streamed live online, and viewers will be able to join in the discussion via text message or Twitter. Messages will be displayed on a screen at the event.
The SRC will compile a set of proposals on strategic research themes to be submitted to the Finnish Government for approval before summer. The Government will then decide the final themes upon which the SRC can construct the research programmes later this year.
Reviews in progress for first round of SRC funding
The first-ever funding calls of the SRC were opened in connection with the Academy of Finland’s April 2015 call. The call included three SRC programme calls: Disruptive Technologies and Changing Institutions attracted 46 applications, Equality in Society attracted 35 applications and A Climate-Neutral and Resource-Scarce Finland attracted 49 applications. The total funding applied for amounted to 412 million euros. In total, the SRC has some 55 million euros to distribute.
The funding decisions are expected to be announced on 14 September 2015.