Academy of Finland’s instructions for cooperation with Russia

Ongoing mobility

Ongoing mobility funding concerning Russia can be used in accordance with the Academy’s funding terms and conditions. If implementing the project proves impossible, the researcher should withdraw from the project during the funding period. The unused mobility money must be returned no later than after the end of the funding period. More information: Academy of Finland’s funding terms and conditions (PDF), presenting official, Senior Science Adviser Siru Oksa (firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi).

 

 

Funding granted for mobility projects from Russia to Finland may be redirected to invite Ukrainian researchers to Finland. The application to change the original funding decision must be submitted no later than two months before the end of the funding period. The Academy may accept or reject the application.

Other ongoing projects

In projects funded by the Academy, cooperation with individual Russian researchers and research teams can only continue if the instructions of the site of research, the sanctions against Russia and Belarus, the export control provisions, the travel recommendations of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs or other such factors do not prevent it.

If the funding granted by the Academy cannot be used for the purpose stated in the funding decision, the recipient must relinquish the funding or apply to change the purpose. The application to change the original funding decision must be submitted no later than two months before the end of the funding period. The Academy may accept or reject the application.

Academy-funded projects may hire Ukrainian researchers to work on the projects.

Applications being processed (autumn 2021 call)

As a result of the Russian attack on Ukraine, the operating environment for conducting research has changed so much that the Academy will check the feasibility of applications submitted in the autumn 2022 call that include substantial collaboration with Russia or Belarus. If necessary, applicants will be requested to provide a brief explanation, and sites of research will be requested to confirm their commitment to the proposed projects. The decisions on these Postdoctoral Researchers, Academy Research Fellow and Clinical Researcher applications will be made in May–June in connection with the decisions on Academy Project funding. The decisions on reserve lists will also be made in the May–June meetings.

Autumn 2022 call

The Academy’s cooperation with Russian organisations has been suspended. Bilateral Finland-Russia mobility funding will not be opened for application for the time being.

The call for applications in September 2022 may contain guidelines for cooperation with Russia and Belarus.

Frequently asked questions

Questions

Answers

May I still invite Russian researchers to work on an ongoing project?

Yes

Can I exchange a researcher to be invited from Russia for a researcher to be invited from Ukraine?

You can apply to change the original funding decision. The Academy may accept or reject the application.

I’m unable to travel to Russia. Can I transfer my mobility grant to Russia to a researcher to be invited from Russia to Finland?

No

I’m unable to travel to Russia. Can I use my grant as remuneration to a research assistant in Russia if they go to archives to get material I need?

No

The funding period ends on 31 December 2022. Can the funding be used until the end of 2023, if it is impossible to travel before then?

No

 

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