Academy of Finland funds nine new FiDiPro Professors
10 Jun 2014
The Academy of Finland has decided to provide funding towards nine new Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) posts at Finnish universities. The funding, nine million euros in total, is awarded by the Academy Board for a period of five years on average. The goal is to support universities and research institutes in hiring foreign top professors to Finland. The new FiDiPro Professors will be placed at Aalto University, the University of Helsinki, the University of Jyväskylä, the University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Turku.
The professors to be funded represent a wide range of scientific disciplines. They are internationally highly merited researchers in their own fields. Through the new FiDiPro Professors, Finland will gain new expertise from Australia, Spain, Ireland, Italy, France and Switzerland.
This was the fifth FiDiPro funding round for the Academy of Finland. In the call for letters of intent, the Academy received 58 applications. Of these, the Board selected 31 to go through to the second call stage. The 31 applications that were selected to the second stage included 27 FiDiPro candidates.
Within the FiDiPro funding programme, the Academy of Finland funds leading-edge researchers who will primarily be based in strategically important and scientifically significant areas at universities and research institutes. The applications are submitted by a university or research institute and peer-reviewed by esteemed international experts.
Launched in 2006, the Finland Distinguished Professor Programme is a joint funding programme of the Academy of Finland and Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation). With funding from the programme, Finnish universities and research institutes can hire foreign or expatriate Finnish top researchers to work in Finland for a fixed term. The FiDiPro programme is aimed at achieving long-term international research collaboration with a view to strengthening Finnish scientific and technological knowledge and know-how.
Senior Science Adviser Hannele Kurki, Academy of Finland, tel. +358 295 335 052, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
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Director of Communications Riitta Tirronen
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