Strategic Research Council

The Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland provides funding to long-term and programme-based research aimed at finding solutions to the major challenges facing Finnish society.

Strategic Research Council 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2021


  • Chair: Professor Kimmo Nuotio, University of Helsinki
  • First Vice Chair: Professor Christina Salmivalli, University of Turku
  • Second Vice Chair: Vice President Anu Kaukovirta, Natural Resources Institute Finland


  • Research Leader Petteri Alinikula, Saab Group
  • Counsellor of Legislation Jyri Inha, Ministry of Finance
  • Principal Lecturer Helena Kautola, Häme University of Applied Sciences
  • Chief Senior Specialist, Olli Kärkkäinen, Ministry of Finance
  • Professor Sarianna Sipilä, University of Jyväskylä
  • Professor Reetta Toivanen, University of Helsinki

The projects to be funded are selected by the SRC. The SRC is also responsible for project follow-up and impact assessment. The projects are selected based on a review of their scientific quality, societal relevance and impact. The main themes of SRC research programmes are decided by the Finnish Government.

The SRC consists of eight members and a chair appointed by the Government for a three-year term, with a possible extension of a further three-year term.

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