Academy of Finland awards €27m in funding for research infrastructures

10 Feb 2017

The Finnish Research Infrastructure Committee at the Academy of Finland has granted a total of 27 million euros in funding for research infrastructures. The funding will be divided between 18 different infrastructure projects.

The funding was open for application in three separate calls in 2016 that attracted a total of 138 applications associated with just over 60 different research infrastructures. The three calls were targeted at research infrastructures where Finland is a member state, research infrastructures included in Finland’s research infrastructure roadmap, and new research infrastructure initiatives or non-roadmap infrastructures.

The Finnish Research Infrastructure Committee (FIRI Committee) monitors and develops Finnish and international research infrastructure activities, provides funding to infrastructure projects and monitors the funded projects.

The aim of the research infrastructure funding scheme is to upgrade the quality and improve the renewal, competitiveness and interdisciplinary approach of Finnish research. The funding is granted for establishing or upgrading of nationally important research infrastructures that promote high-quality scientific research. Applications for research infrastructure funding are assessed by international review panels.

In making the funding decisions, the FIRI Committee considered the extent to which the infrastructures can facilitate excellent science. In addition, the Committee took into account factors such as open access, usage policies, nationally extensive and important user communities, feasibility, sustainability, and international significance.

Research infrastructures refer to a reserve of research facilities, equipment, data and services enabling research and development at various stages of innovation. Research infrastructures support organised research, researcher training and education, and reinforce research and innovation capacity.

Funding was granted to the following international infrastructures where Finland is a member:

  • BBMRI (Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure)
  • ELIXIR (European Life-Sciences Infrastructure for Biological Information)
  • ESO (European Southern Observatory)
  • CESSDA (Council of European Social Science Data Archives)

The Academy of Finland’s next call for research infrastructure projects will open in April 2018.

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