Academy of Finland grants €31m for research projects in the field of culture and society

13 Jun 2017

The Academy of Finland’s Research Council for Culture and Society has granted 31 million euros for 63 research projects under the Academy Project funding scheme. The success rate rose to nearly 15 per cent from just under 12 per cent last year. The additional funds allocated to the Academy of Finland in the state budget for 2017 made possible a higher success rate compared to previous years.

The Academy Project funding scheme is the most important funding instrument of the Research Council for Culture and Society for promoting the impact and renewal of research. In making its funding decisions, the Research Council focused on applications that combined high quality with strong academic and societal impact. It also stressed the importance of interdisciplinarity, international collaboration and mobility, internationally first-rate and ethically sustainable research, potential for breakthrough research, and novel multidisciplinary topics and approaches. The Research Council aimed to fund research of the widest possible scope within its domain.

Examples of funded projects

Juha Herkman (University of Helsinki), Markku Jokisipilä (University of Turku) and Urpo Kovala (University of Jyväskylä) were granted funding for a project that will explore different forms of mainstreaming of populism in Europe and the Americas in the 21st century. The project will analyse how populist parties have become part of the mainstream, how other parties have coloured their policies increasingly with a populist streak and how different mainstreaming forms of populism have transformed public debate, the media and democracy. The research will be carried out with the help of case studies and comparative perspectives.

Jonna Häkkilä (University of Lapland) was granted funding to study the design of future wearable computing. Instead of focusing on the technology, Häkkilä’s project aims to investigate the phenomena of wearable computing from
a design and fashion point of view, with a strong emphasis on users and social aspects. The project uses a research-through-design approach. It will develop theoretical models, create and exhibit fashion design prototypes, chart different categories, materials and design approaches for wearable technology fashion, and conduct user research in the area.

Sari Kunnari (University of Oulu) heads a project that will investigate speech perception and speech and language outcomes of Finnish children who use inner-ear implants or hearing aids. Within the project, the children’s speech perception and spoken language abilities will be assessed annually with formal tests and by detailed speech analyses at the ages of 4–6 years.


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  • Science Adviser Satu Huuha-Cissokho, tel. +358 295 335 075, firstname.lastname(at)
  • Science Adviser Helena Vänskä, tel. +358 295 335 036, firstname.lastname(at)
  • Click here to view the list of funded projects.

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The Academy of Finland’s mission is to fund high-quality scientific research, provide expertise in science and science policy, and strengthen the position of science and research. In 2017, our funding for research amounts to 437 million euros. Part of the Academy’s funds (€70.7m in 2017) come from proceeds of Finland’s national gaming company Veikkaus.

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