The Academy of Finland has two partners in the United States: the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Academy and the American funders have agreed to promote Finnish-American research collaboration in 2020–2024. Cooperation will be strengthened by funding research projects between American and Finnish parties in areas represented by the research flagships included in the Academy’s Finnish Flagship Programme.

The cooperation with the NIH is carried out in the context of the Flagship Programme. The cooperation with the NSF, in turn, is carried out in the context of the ICT 2023 programme. The funding will be granted via a mechanism called Lead Agency. Under the mechanism, proposers from both countries collaborate to write a single proposal, which will be submitted to a funding call organised by the US funder. Proposers from Finland will be requested to submit a version of the proposal to the Academy as well. The instructions for Finnish applicants will be posted on the Academy’s website.

On the condition of sufficient funding being available, the Academy plans to organize two funding calls per year per US funder. The next NSF call is being planned to be organized in Fall 2021 or early 2022. The next NIH call is being planned for early 2022.

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