What we are

The Academy of Finland is 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.

Our tasks:

  • grant funding in open competitive calls for scientific research and researcher training and improve framework conditions for research
  • provide expertise to Finnish and international collaborative networks
  • collect and analyse data on science and scientific research
  • assume other science policy expert roles.

We promote excellent, responsible and high-impact research to ensure that society can make the best possible use of the results. Our goal is the renewal, diversification and increasing internationalisation of Finnish research. Our activities cover the full spectrum of scientific disciplines.

We promote the impact and renewal of research by encouraging researchers to submit boundary-crossing funding plans that involve risks but are of high scientific quality.

We produce high-quality data and analyses and support the use of scientific knowledge in policymaking. We increase national expertise by promoting research and by collecting and opening data. Our work supports the renewal of the Finnish society with knowledge and know-how.

We also collaborate with key stakeholders to improve the quality and impact of research, education and innovation.

In 2020, our funding for research amounts to 423 million euros. Each year, our funding contributes to some 3,000 people’s work (FTEs) at universities and research institutes.

Funding distribution in 2019

Some of our funds come from proceeds of Finland’s national gaming company Veikkaus. In 2020, these proceeds account for 50.7 million euros of our total funding for scientific research.

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