In accordance with the Finnish Act on the Openness of Government Activities(621/1999), official documents are in the public domain unless specifically otherwise prescribed by law. The key provisions on duty of nondisclosure are listed under section 24 of the Act. Processing and disclosure of personal data or not providing access to personal data is governed by the Personal Data Act (1050/2018).
Apart from abstracts, research plans, plans of intent and progress reports, all applications and appendices submitted to the Academy of Finland normally constitute public documents.
Review reports on applications, applicants and research plans fall under the duty of nondisclosure. However, applicants have the right to access information on reviews that concern themselves.
Research funding decisions are in the public domain. We publish information on the recipient of research funding on our website (name, organisation, research topic, project description and funding amount).
The Academy uses the data given in the application for the review. The data are saved in the Academy’s information system. Applicants can check what kinds of data on them have been stored in the system. This request must be submitted in writing to the Academy (i.e. the controller). Personal data may be disclosed from the system only in cases when the conditions of the Finnish Personal Data Act (1050/2018) are met.