Academy currently involved in several international calls

(10 Jan 13)

The Academy of Finland is currently involved in a number of international calls for funding. The following five calls are now open:

Call for joint projects in synthetic biology (Academy and Indian Department of Biotechnology, DBT)

The Academy of Finland and the Indian Department of Biotechnology (DBT) have agreed on funding cooperation with a view to promoting Finnish-Indian research collaboration within the Synthetic Biology Research Programme (FinSynBio). The Academy has earmarked EUR 9 million for project funding within the programme. This call is an international extension to the national call that closed in September 2012. The themes of this joint call may relate to any of the thematic areas of the FinSynBio research programme. The partners apply for funding from their national funding agencies. Applicants who within the FinSynBio September 2012 first-stage call were selected to proceed to the second stage, as well as those not selected, are also equally eligible to apply as new applicants. However, overlapping funding cannot be granted to similar projects from one and the same applicant.

The Finnish partners of the Finnish-Indian joint projects shall submit their applications in the Academy’s online services no later than 6 February 2013 at 16.15, select Open calls > Joint project call: Synthetic biology (Academy, Indian DBT). The deadline is non-negotiable. Please note that this is not the same call as the national FinSynBio research programme call.

More information:

  • Call for applications: > Funding & Guidance > Apply now   
  • FinSynBio Research Programme:
  • Programme Manager Jukka Reivinen, Programme Unit, tel. +358 29 533 5099, firstname.lastname(at)
  • Programme Manager Tiina Jokela, Programme Unit, tel. +358 29 533 5046, firstname.lastname(at)
  • Project Officer Sanna Hytönen, Programme Unit, tel. +358 29 533 5032, firstname.lastname(at)
  • DBT: Dr Shailja Gupta,


ERA-NET NEURON call for joint projects in mental disorders

The 2013 Joint Transnational Call of the ERA-NET NEURON has been opened. The theme of the call is “European Research Projects on Mental Disorders”, covering everything from understanding the basic mechanisms of the disease through to proof-of-concept clinical studies in humans. The steering group of the Academy of Finland’s Research Programme on the Human Mind (MIND) has reserved EUR 700,000 for two projects involving a Finnish researcher (EUR 350,000 per project). The project coordinators shall submit their pre-proposals in the online service on the ERA-NET NEURON website. The deadline for pre-proposals is 11 March 2013. At this stage, proposals shall not be submitted to the Academy.

The call applies the same eligibility criteria and funding principles as those applied in Academy Projects. The full cost model also applies. The Academy’s funding contribution comes to no more than 70 per cent of a project’s total costs. The projects to be funded will be incorporated into the Research Programme on the Human Mind and will be required to participate in programme activities.

More information:  

  • Application guidelines and forms:
  • Programme Manager Mikko Ylikangas, tel. +358 29 533 5143, firstname.lastname(at)
  • Programme Manager Tiina Jokela, tel. +358 29 533 5046, firstname.lastname(at)
  • ERA-NET contact, Science Adviser Hannele Lahtinen, tel. +358 29 533 5055, firstname.lastname(at)


EUI Doctoral Programme

The European University Institute (EUI) has opened a call for doctoral research grants within its 2013 doctoral programme. The EUI, based in Florence, provides doctoral studies in the fields of history and civilisation, economics, law, and political and social sciences. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2013.

The EUI doctoral programme is a four-year programme, with English as its main teaching language. Graduate students who have been selected to the programme are expected to work on their doctoral thesis during their studies at the EUI. The EUI particularly supports transnational and comparative research, but the focus of the research need not be on European history or societies only. The EUI offers doctoral students with a unique opportunity to work in a highly international setting with a multidisciplinary approach.

Some 160 new doctoral students start their studies at the EUI each year, 3–5 doctoral students from Finnish universities. The Academy of Finland can award grants to Finnish doctoral students who have been selected to study at the EUI.

More information:

  • EUI website
  • Science Adviser Krister Talvinen, Research and Culture Research Unit, tel. +358 29 533 5113, firstname.lastname(at)
  • Academic Service of the European University Institute, tel. +39 55 468 5373,


NORFACE Welfare State Futures Research Programme

The ERA-NET project NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe) has opened a call for the Welfare State Futures Research Programme. NORFACE is a partnership between 15 European research councils to support social science research. The research programme provides funding for high-standard social science research by international research teams. The Academy of Finland’s Research Council for Culture and Society is involved in cooperation within NORFACE.

The projects within the programme can be funded for a maximum of three years and they must involve researchers from at least three countries. The total funding amounts to a maximum of EUR 1.5 million. Each participating national funding agency has its national eligibility requirements (see the annex compiled by NORFACE, available on the website). The research projects will start in August 2014 at the earliest.

A description of the research programme and the application instructions are available on the NORFACE website at The call has two stages. The deadline for submitting outline proposals is 16 April 2013 at 11.59 CET.

More information:

  • > > Norface
  • Science Adviser Jyrki Hakapää, Culture and Society Research Unit, tel. +358 29 533 5017

Research collaboration between Finland, Africa and Europe

The Academy of Finland is involved in the ERAfrica joint project call by funding Finnish researchers’ collaboration with European and African researchers. The call opens on 15 January 2013 with three themes: Interfacing Challenges, Renewable Energy and New Ideas.

The Academy and the Finnish Cultural Foundation can fund Finnish researchers involved in Interfacing Challenges projects. The Academy’s funding contribution will total EUR 150,000 for three years. Tekes can fund projects with the Renewable Energy theme. Finland will not fund New Ideas projects.

A precondition for the funding is that the collaboration is carried out between researchers from at least two European and two African countries. The partners shall be researchers from the countries funding the call. The projects may also include researchers from other countries with funding received from other sources.

In the call covering the Interfacing Challenges theme, Finnish researchers must have a European partner from at least one of the following countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal or Turkey) and African partners from at least two of the following countries (Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Kenya and/or South Africa).  

The aim is to implement the call process during 2013. Researchers shall submit their proposals in the online submission system of the Common Call Management, which is the International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research at the German Aerospace Centre (PT-DLR). The PT-DLR will also be in charge of the evaluation of proposals.

More information on the review of proposals is available at The aim is to launch the joint projects in June 2014.

More information:

The Academy’s next application round is 2‒24 April 2013. The call for applications will be published in March. More information on the Academy’s open calls is available on our website at Apply now.

Vesa Varpula
Communications Specialist
Academy of Finland Communications
tel. +358 29 533 5131

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