Application review and decision-making

In accordance with its strategy and in all its research funding, the Academy of Finland stresses the importance of the quality and impact of research and the renewal of science. The objective is to enable scientifically ambitious projects. High-level international peer review is our key tool for identifying the best and most promising research projects.

The Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland funds solution-oriented and phenomenon-driven research. The projects to be funded must have societal relevance and impact and be of a high scientific standard. Interaction with society is of key importance throughout the projects’ funding periods.  The scientific quality and societal relevance of projects are peer reviewed by both national and international experts.

After the call closes, the Academy officials prepare the review process while they audit the applications and request for necessary corrections.  How applications are processed and reviewed depends on whether they are submitted in a one-stage or two-stage call. As a rule, all applications are peer reviewed in international panels. Review panels assemble to discuss the applications and the applicants’ scientific merits. They draft a panel review report for each application. Additionally, the panels rank the applications that have received the best ratings. After the reviews, members of the Academy’s decision-making bodies will go through the review reports and applications. Funding decisions are prepared in the preparation meetings. The decisions are made after a presentation in the decision meetings. As a rule, funding decisions are based on the peer review of the applications and the science policy objectives of the Academy. 

In all its research funding, the Academy of Finland is committed to responsible procedures with regard to disqualification, confidentiality, equality and non-discrimination, ethical science, open access science and sustainable development.









Image 1. Application reviews and decision-making in the Academy of Finland, exemplified by the September call. 

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