Academy of Finland’s annual report 2013 out now
20 May 2014
2013 was a year of exceptional importance for the Academy of Finland. The international evaluation of the Academy was completed and the Finnish Government passed a resolution to reform the system of government research institutes and research funding. Both the evaluation and the reform have profound implication for the Academy’s role and position.
“The evaluation report makes valuable recommendations, including the suggestion that the Academy should have a broader science policy role. This is a challenge we’re happy to take on,” says Professor Heikki Mannila, President of the Academy of Finland.
The Academy’s funding stream in 2013 was again quite diverse. The overall volume of research funding increased slightly from the previous year to 335 million euros. This was thanks to the Government’s third supplementary budget in which the Academy was given an additional 20 million euros to support knowledge-based growth. The funding was allocated to facilitate research excellence and to launch new research programmes, specifically the programmes on Arctic research and mineral resources and substitution.
“National research funding in Finland was on an upward trajectory for a long time, but in recent years that trend has turned into a slight decline. It’s paramount now that all stakeholders in the research, education and innovation system continue to weigh the different options available. This means that it’s necessary to explore and open up new avenues, even though this will require some funding sacrifices elsewhere,” Mannila says.
The reform of government research institutes will also involve the creation a new funding instrument for strategic research, a strategic research council, which will be established at the Academy of Finland. Preparations for the launch of the council have been ongoing since autumn 2013. Professor Arto Mustajoki, chair of the Academy Board, says this presents a major challenge from both an operational and content point of view: “The decision to delegate the administration of the strategic research council to the Academy sends a clear message of trust. We will try to live up to that trust.”
Read more about the Academy of Finland’s activities in 2013 in the annual report, available online at http://www.aka.fi/en-GB/Annualreport-2013/.
- President Heikki Mannila, tel. +358 295 335 001, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
- Vice President for Research Marja Makarow, tel. +358 295 335 002, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
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