The Research Council of Finland’s major partners in the United States are the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DoD). The Research Council and the American funders have agreed to promote Finnish-American research collaboration up until 2029.

Cooperation will be strengthened by funding research projects between American and Finnish parties in areas represented by the research flagships included in the Finnish Flagship 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 submit a version of the proposal to the Research Council as well. The instructions for Finnish applicants will be posted on the Research Council’s website.

If the funding situation allows, two joint calls per year per US funder will be organised. The most recent joint calls were published  in November 2022. The next calls are planned to be announced by the end of 2023.

Finnish researchers can also apply directly for NIH funding for collaborative research with a US partner. The relevant NIH funding opportunities are PA20-183, PA20-184 or PA20-185. See the NIH website for more details.

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