Academy of Finland’s Research Council for Health grants funding to 12 Postdoctoral Researchers

18 Jun 2018

The Academy of Finland today announced that the Research Council for Health has granted funding for twelve new posts as Postdoctoral Researcher. The funding totals 3.3 million euros. The application success rate (the proportion of applications funded) was 10 per cent.

The Research Council had 120 applications for Postdoctoral Researcher funding reviewed following the September 2017 call. The applications were reviewed in thirteen international panels.

The funding decisions were made with an emphasis on the scientific quality of the research plan. Other key criteria included the impact of the research and the scientific renewal. The Research Council paid particular attention to the applicants’ competence and their opportunities to gain more independence as a researcher. It also stressed the importance of mobility, especially international mobility, already at the postdoctoral stage.

Professor Mika Rämet, Chair of the Research Council, said: “The Postdoctoral Researcher applications clearly displayed the international dimension of the proposed research. By working in a high-quality research environment abroad, researchers can strengthen their own collaborative networks. The competition in this round was very tough. Only the best and brightest researchers were selected for funding, and the research plans had to be excellent.”

The new Postdoctoral Researchers will study, for instance, early detection of diabetic kidney disease using urine samples, the molecular motility of malaria parasites, hereditary regulatory mechanisms that predispose to obesity, infantile cardiomyopathy and care services and systems for older people. View all project descriptions here.

Inquiries and more information

  • View the list of funded researchers
  • Senior Science Adviser Aki Salo, tel. +358 295 335 104, firstname.lastname(at)
  • Senior Science Adviser Sirpa Nuotio, tel. +358 295 335 082, firstname.lastname(at)

Media contact

Academy of Finland Communications
Vesa Varpula, Communications Specialist
tel. +358 295 335 131

The Academy of Finland a government agency within the administrative branch of the Finnish Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. Our mission is to fund high-quality scientific research, provide expertise in science and science policy, and strengthen the position of science and research. In 2018, our funding for research amounts to 444 million euros. Part of the Academy’s funds come from proceeds of Finland’s national gaming company Veikkaus. In 2018, these proceeds account for 70.7 million euros of our total funding for scientific research.

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