Expect first decisions on September 2020 call in March–April 2021

29 Jan 2021

The decisions on applications submitted in the Academy of Finland’s September 2020 call will be made in two stages. The two-stage decision procedure applies to four funding schemes: Academy Projects, Academy Research Fellows, Postdoctoral Researchers and Clinical Researchers. The aim of this phased decision-making is to speed up application processing times in cases where the peer review indicates that an application will not be funded.

At the first decision stage, the Academy’s research councils, at their discretion, will mete out rejections to applications that have received a rating of 1–4 in the review. Applicants who receive a negative decision will be able to view the review report on their application in the online services (SARA).

Applications with rating 5–6 continue to the next stage and will be decided later (see tables below).

The research councils make the funding decisions based on the review reports, the rankings, the Academy’s science policy objectives and their own policies. The research councils have the right to make positive or negative decisions regardless of the panels’ rankings. The justifications for the funding decision are included in the decision notification.

The table on decision dates on the Academy’s website shows two dates for each funding opportunity (where phased decision-making is applied): the first and second decision stage. Applicants receive an email notification of the funding decision after either the first or the second stage of decision-making.

Decision dates for September 2020 call

Research Council for Biosciences, Health and the Environment

Funding scheme

1st stage decisions

2nd stage decisions

Academy Projects

7 April

26 May

Academy Research Fellows

7 April

3 May

Clinical Researchers

7 April

26 May

Postdoctoral Researchers

7 April

3 May

Research Council for Culture and Society

Funding scheme

1st stage decisions

2nd stage decisions

Academy Projects

24 March

26 May

Academy Research Fellows

24 March

10 May

Postdoctoral Researchers

24 March

10 May

Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering

Funding scheme

1st stage decisions

2nd stage decisions

Academy Projects

15 April

3 June

Academy Research Fellows

15 April

3 June

Postdoctoral Researchers

15 April

3 June

The decisions on the call ‘International Co-Investigator Scheme for Finnish-Norwegian research cooperation in engineering’ (ratings 1–6) will be made on 15 April.

Inquiries and more information

  • How decisions are made
  • Decisions dates
  • Riitta Maijala, Vice President for Research, Academy of Finland, tel. +358 295 335 002
  • Marko Uutela, Science Advisor, tel. +358 029 533 5113 (Research Council for Biosciences, Health and the Environment)
  • Tiina Forsman, Science Advisor, tel. +358 029 533 5013 (Research Council for Culture and Society)
  • Minna Räisänen, Science Advisor, tel. +358 029 533 5072, (Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering)

Our email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi

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tel. +358 029 533 5131
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