Research Council for Biosciences, Health and the Environment

The Research Council for Biosciences, Health and the Environment represents a wide spectrum of research fields within its remit and grants funding to research and researchers in these fields. The research fields most often represent basic research, creating a fundamental basis for fields closer to applied research as well. The research funded by the Research Council is often interdisciplinary.

The Research Council’s most important funding criterion is the scientific quality of the research plan, which is always assessed through international peer review. In the Academy Project funding scheme, other key criteria are also supporting applicants with promising research careers and potential for societal impact. In the case of funding for research posts as Postdoctoral Researcher, the Research Council pays attention to the applicant’s competence, potential for independence and international cooperation. Academy Research Fellows are expected to be competent and independent and have a positive career trajectory and capacity for renewal. In the case of Clinical Researchers, emphasis is placed on the applicant’s competence and suitability.

The Research Council monitors the impact and effectiveness of the research it has funded each year by analysing research reports and examining its various funding schemes and research fields. In addition, the Research Council regularly arranges meetings with the researchers it has funded.


  • Laura Raaska, Director, Division of Biosciences, Health and Environmental Research, tel. +358 295 335 094
  • Marko Uutela, Science Adviser (responsible for the Division’s communications), tel. +358 295 335 113
  • Division staff

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