The Academy of Finland is set to open its third call for applications under the PROFI funding scheme, which is aimed at strengthening the research profiles of Finnish universities. The funding supports and speeds up the strategic profiling of Finnish universities in order to improve the quality of research. In the 2016 call (PROFI 3), particular attention will be paid to the distribution of work and the collaboration between universities. The call opens on 26 October and closes on 16 November 2016.
Universities can apply for profiling funds for existing high-quality research fields, for emerging fields with potential to reach the top level, or for entirely new fields with high potential. Such fields are defined as profiling areas, that is, research areas that universities aim to develop according to their strategies. A profiling area is a select area of a university’s total spectrum of research activities.
Another aim of the Academy’s profiling instrument is to contribute to intensifying cooperation between Finnish universities and between universities and polytechnics, research institutes, hospital districts and other relevant actors. The regional and thematic competitive clusters formed via such distribution of work and collaboration may also include actors from the private and nonprofit sectors.
The PROFI 3 call has a total budget of 50 million euros and the funding will be granted on a competitive basis. The funding is applied for by universities, each university with its own application. The application must include an action plan where the university describes both the current and the aspired level of research in the chosen profiling area. The plan must also include a description of the measures with which the university aims to reach the aspired level.
The applications will be reviewed by an international panel of experts. The panel will consist of leading experts (rectors, vice rectors, etc.) from European universities with wide and versatile experience of university reforms in support of research. The panel will review the applications, interview university management and draft reports on the basis of the review and the interviews.
- Riitta Maijala, Vice President for Research, tel. +358 295 335 002, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
- Anne Heinänen, Senior Science Counsel, tel. +358 295 335 021, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
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Riitta Tirronen, Director of Communications
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