The Research Council of Finland actively cooperates with other Nordic research funding agencies. In particular, we are closely involved in the activities of NordForsk, the Nordic research funding organisation established under the Nordic Council of Ministers, by co-funding its research programmes.
Our research councils also actively engage in the work of the three Joint Committees of the Nordic Research Councils (NOS).
NordForsk is a joint Nordic research funding organisation. It works under the Nordic Council of Ministers with responsibility for Nordic cooperation in research and researcher training. It is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and national research funding agencies in the Nordic countries.
NordForsk is committed to strengthening and developing Nordic science, research, technology and innovation with a view to improving international competitiveness and wellbeing in the Nordic countries.
Projects applying for NordForsk funding must involve researchers from at least three Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) or autonomous Nordic areas (the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands). Several NordForsk activities are open to all countries in the Nordic region, which besides the Nordic countries also includes the adjacent areas Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Northwest Russia. In some cases, NordForsk programmes have also included other countries, such as the UK.
NordForsk programmes are built around the common-pot principle. Funds from the national agencies are pooled into a common pot from which projects are funded based on peer review, without quotas or comparisons between national contributions. NordForsk takes care of the applicant support and the payment of funds. Applications are submitted via the NordForsk Application Portal.
NordForsk’s activities are led by a board of representatives appointed by the national funding agencies. The board also includes a representative of the Research Council of Finland. The NordForsk Secretariat is located in Oslo.
More information, open calls
The Research Council of Finland and the Research Council's scientific councils actively participate in the work of the Joint Committees of the Nordic Research Councils (NOS). The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NOS-HS), the Joint Committee Natural Science Research Councils (NOS-N), and the Joint Committee for Medical Research Councils (NOS-M) serve as Nordic cooperation and expert bodies within their respective fields.
Inquiries and more information
- NOS-HS website
- NOS-M website
- NOS-N website
- Päivi Messo, Senior Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 074 (NOS-HS)
- Sara Illman, Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 119 (NOS-M)
- Susan Linko, Director, tel. +358 295 33 5066 (NOS-N)
Our email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi.