The Scientific Council for Social Sciences and Humanities grants funding to research within its remit. The Scientific Council represents many scientific disciplines, and research within its remit is carried out at all universities in Finland. In both the humanities and social sciences, funding granted by the Research Council of Finland accounts for a considerable part of the universities’ external research funding.
The task of the Scientific Council for Social Sciences and Humanities is to support high-quality scientific research in the fields it represents. The Scientific Council’s aim is to strengthen social sciences and humanities research and to take account of their specific features.
The research fields of the Scientific Council for Social Sciences and Humanities are as follows:
- history and archaeology
- educational sciences
- social sciences
- art research
- political sciences
- communication sciences
- sociological environmental research and human geography
- other research into the humanities and social sciences, including multidisciplinary research
The funding criteria and policies of the Scientific Council for Social Sciences and Humanities are rooted in the Research Council of Finland’s strategy to support the quality and impact of research and promote scientific renewal. The policies are also based on the general criteria for funding decisions.
The scientific quality of the application is the most important factor influencing the funding decisions. The Scientific Council primarily funds applications that receive the highest overall ratings of 6 or 5. However, it is not able to fund all top-rated applications. The Scientific Council aims to fund exceptionally high-quality research in all of its research fields.
Scientific renewal refers to significant breakthroughs, new theories and concepts, critical assessment and sometimes challenging of previous studies, methodologically innovative approaches as well as using and analysing new kinds of data.
The impact of research comprises both scientific and societal impact.
In preparing and making funding decisions, the Scientific Council follows the Research Council of Finland’s Equality and Nondiscrimination Plan.
The Scientific Council is also committed to promoting the principles of open science and research. The goal is to make publications used in and produced by research, research data and material, metadata and methods widely available for reuse.
Academy Project funding
The Academy Project funding scheme is the most important funding instrument of the Scientific Council for Social Sciences and Humanities for promoting research impact and scientific renewal. As per its policy, the Scientific Council spends about half of its available funds on Academy Projects.
The high scientific quality of the research plan is the most important funding criterion. In its decisions, the Scientific Council prioritises projects that combine high quality with strong academic and societal impact and/or science renewal.
Other factors that are considered include the project’s feasibility, the competence of the principal investigator and the research team, national and international contacts and international mobility.
The PI of an Academy Project must be an advanced researcher who is qualified to head a research team. The project may recruit researchers who are competent and qualified to carry out the project. They can be both PhDs and researchers still working on their doctoral theses.
The Scientific Council’s funding for a single Academy Project comes to a maximum of 550,000 euros for four years; for a consortium subproject, the funding is a maximum of 280,000 euros for four years.
Academy Research Fellowships
An Academy Research Fellowship supports early-career researchers on fast career tracks. The funding supports the researcher so that they can increase their competencies and make significant career progress towards more demanding research positions and achieve an established position in the national and international research community. Academy Research Fellows produce high-quality, high-impact research that stimulates scientific renewal.
In the case of Academy Research Fellowships, the Scientific Council’s most important funding criteria are the competence of the applicant and the scientific quality of the research plan. The future potential and career stage of the applicants are taken into account in decision-making.
In its decisions, the Scientific Council prioritises projects that combine excellent quality with scientific renewal and/or strong academic and societal impact.
The Scientific Council is keen to emphasise the diversity of fields, themes and methods to be funded, as well as the international cooperation and networking of researchers in different forms.
Scientific Council for Social Sciences and Humanities 1 Jan 2022–31 Dec 2024
- Professor Petri Karonen, University of Jyväskylä
- professor Tommi Inkinen, University of Turku
- professor Marjo Kuronen, University of Jyväskylä
- University Lecturer Aini Linjakumpu, University of Lappland
- professor Matti Miestamo, University of Helsinki
- professor Atte Oksanen, University of Tampere
- professor Mika Pantzar, University of Helsinki
- impact leader Jaana Seikkula-Leino, Tampere University of Applied Sciences
- professor Heikki Silvennoinen, University of Turku
- professor Riikka Stewen, University of the Arts Helsinki
- professor Tarja Väyrynen, University of Tampere.
Both the Research Council of Finland and the Scientific Council for Social Sciences and Humanities actively develop their activities. Feedback from review panels is an important part of this development work, and feedback is collected and analysed annually. The panels also provide valuable feedback to applicants on how applications could be improved from the reviewer’s viewpoint.
The Research Council supports high-quality, researcher-initiated international cooperation and researcher mobility through the Academy Project, Academy Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Researcher funding schemes and through participation in strategically selected international joint calls.
In promoting cooperation, the Research Council pays particular attention to the quality and added value of the cooperation. The Research Council also promotes international cooperation in the European Research Area, between the Nordic countries and with other international actors.
Information on upcoming calls is posted on the Academy’s website and Twitter account.
European Research Area
- EU-CELAC Platform
- ERA-NET NEURON
- ERA-Net RUS Plus
- Trans-Atlantic Platform
- JPI MYBL
- European Science Foundation (ESF)
- European University Institute (EUI)
The Research Council participates in the following NordForsk programmes:
- Jyrki Hakapää, Director, Division of Social Sciences and Humanities Research, tel. +358 29 533 5020
- Juhokalle Pekkala, coordinator, (responsible for the Division’s communications)
- Division staff
Our email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi.