Strategic Research Council

The Strategic Research Council (SRC) is an indepedent body established within the Research Council of Finland that provides funding to long-term and programme-based research aimed at finding solutions to the major challenges facing Finnish society.

Strategic Research Council 1 Jan 2022–31 Dec 2024


  • Chair: Vice President Anu Kaukovirta, Natural Resources Institute Finland
  • 1st Vice Chair: Senior Advisor Mikael Hildén, Finnish Environment Institute
  • 2nd Vice Chair: Professor Heli Ruokamo, University of Lapland   

Other members

  • Project Director Kari Herlevi, Sitra
  • Research Professor Heikki Hiilamo, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
  • Professor Anne Kovalainen, University of Turku
  • SVP, Customer Services Elina Lehtomäki, Digita Oy
  • Director Jussi Ronkainen, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences                
  • Professor Antti Ylä-Jääski, Aalto university.

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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