The state budget for 2016–2017 allocated a total of 60 million euros in additional funds to the Academy of Finland to improve the opportunities of early-career researchers. Half of these funds were targeted at new Postdoctoral Researcher posts and Academy Projects of early-career researchers. The other half was targeted at promoting high-level research projects and the utilisation of their results.
The additional funds have supported 178 highly rated early-career researchers in conducting research, promoting research impact and advancing in their careers.
Funding for Academy Projects and Postdoctoral Researchers
The 2017 state budget included one-off additional funds allocated to the Academy of Finland. The additional funds allowed the Academy to fund a greater number of high-quality research projects by early-career researchers.
The funds were used to fund 57 Academy Projects and 20 Postdoctoral Researcher posts of early-career researchers. In this way, the Academy supported high-quality research and researcher salaries with a good 330 FTEs more than in the previous year. Academy Project funding offers junior, professor-level applicants a solid foundation on which to build and further successful research.
Key Project funding supports research and research impact of early-career researchers
The Academy of Finland’s Key Project funding scheme is part of the Strategic Programme of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s Government (Finland, a Land of Solutions). The funding is designed to support the work of early-career researchers and reinforce the collaboration between those who conduct research (higher education institutes and research institutes) and those who use research results (business and industry and public administration). The Academy distributed 30 million euros through the Key Project funding call, “Forging Ahead with Research”, in 2016.
The 2016 funding makes the best possible use of the resources of science and research by strengthening the impact of research and the commercialisation of research results. The funding was targeted at 101 ongoing, high-quality research projects and at promoting the extensive utilisation of the results of that research.
The funding was especially geared towards early-career researchers whose projects had been highly rated in previously organised peer reviews. The call was open-themed and open to all scientific disciplines.
In the “Forging ahead with Research” call in 2016, the Academy of Finland:
- received 598 applications
- had the applications evaluated by 138 experts in 13 review panels
- granted funding for 101 projects
- awarded funding worth 30 million euros in total, around 300,000 euros per project
- made funding available for two years, 2016–2018.
Applicants can apply for funding to cover the PI’s salary for the entire funding period.
Applications will be reviewed under the following criteria:
- potential for application, impact in society
- supporting research by early-career researchers
- promoting researcher mobility
- feasibility, innovativeness and impact of the research plan
- quality and scope of potential end-user community
- new collaborative structures and networks
- support by site of research for commercialisation and other utilisation of research.
Application evaluation form 2016 Key Funding Project (pdf)
Applications have been reviewed by panels consisting of both Finnish and foreign experts in science and in the utilisation of research results. The scientific merits of the projects have been reviewed in connection with the previous funding decision (by the Academy or corresponding foreign or international funding agencies).
The Board of the Academy of Finland has appointed a subcommittee that decided on the allocation of funding. The funding decisions have been made on 30 September 2016.
- Abankwa Daniel Kwaku Adofo: Development of K-ras targeted breast cancer drugs
- Airaksinen Anu: Efficient biocompatible and selective [18F]-fluorination reagents for kit production of PET radiopharmaceuticals
- Ala-Laurila Petri: Novel real-time tools to characterize and manipulate freely moving animal behavior
- Boije af Gennäs P Gustav: Artificial cell membranes on microchips for affinity chromatography
- Bonsdorff von Monika: Optimizing Entrepreneur Retirement (OPTIMAL)
- Casteleijn Marinus: Disrupting biotechnology to achieve high quality synthesis for biological drug development
- Di Francesco Mario: Harnessing Available Spectrum for Mobile Video and Beyond (ASPECT)
- Elo-Uhlgren Laura: From metaproteomics to individualized treatment
- García Pérez Alejandro: Fast interstitial fluid sampling for non-invasive diabetes management
- Genoud Guillaume: Radiocarbon Spectroscopy for Biomedical Studies
- Gibson Brian: Novel Yeast for Frozen Dough Baking Applications
- Gregow Hilppa: CLImate services supporting Public activities and Safety (CLIPS)
- Groenhof Gerrit: FluProCad: a software package for computer aided design of fluorescent proteins
- Hanhineva Kati: Communication with metabolomics – development of novel computational tools for data-analysis and visualization
- Hankonen Nelli: Enhancing physical activity promotion in upper secondary schools: Nationwide dissemination and implementation of evidence-based intervention strategies
- Hannula-Sormunen Minna: Math All Around You
- Hassel Juha: Utilization of compact cryopackaged magnetic field sensor technology
- Hautaniemi Sampsa: Identification of Predictive Biomarkers from Big Data and Their Use in Chemoresponse Monitoring
- Heikinheimo Annamari: AmiFoPo - Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance in Food Production Animals
- Heikkilä Tero: Roadmap and key figures of merit for a thermoelectric hot-electron bolometer based on superconductor/ferromagnet hybrid structures
- Honkavaara Eija: Quantitative remote sensing by 3D hyperspectral UAVs – From theory to practice
- Ialongo Iolanda: ILMApilot: Increasing the societal impact of satellite-based atmospheric observations for air quality monitoring
- Jalava Pasi: A concept for studying the toxicological effects of emission aerosols, nanomaterials and occupational dusts in online exposure system
- Jastrzebski Rafal: Utilization of linear and rotating bearingless motor technologies for industrial motion control applications - pilot projects and experimentation
- Jeltsch Markku: Antibody generation in two days
- Jouste Marko: Skolt Saami Memory Bank - A Pilot for Data Management and Revitalisation of Endangered Skolt Saami Music, Language, and Culture
- Jyske Tuula: Boosting the use of high-value substances from trees: innovating treatment techniques for improved usability in products
- Jäntti Saara: Theatre as a Tool to Recovery (THEATRE). Developing Theatre by and for Mental Health Care Service Users in the Context of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Housing Services
- Kallio Tanja: Critical raw material free electrocatalysis for hydrogen electrolyser
- Kalmi Panu: Game-Based Financial Education in Schools
- Katainen Anu: Affecting adolescents' images of alcohol use: An evaluation of the online alcohol marketing strategies and the impact of the new Finnish Alcohol Act
- Kauppi Liisa: From genomic rearrangements to more efficient treatment in ovarian cancer
- Kiili Kristian: Web-based research service for deploying mathematics learning apps and game-based assessment in global scale
- Kinnunen Päivi: Valorization of Tailings for Circular Economy (EcoTail)
- Kivipelto Miia: The MUISTIKKO model for preventing dementia and disability
- Koho Karoliina: Next Generation Tool for Ecosystem Assessment
- Kontturi Eero: Towards realistic, green, and low-cost production of cellulose nanocrystals
- Korhonen Rami: New algorithm for personalized prediction of the progression of osteoarthritis
- Kotakorpi Kaisa: Developing tools for combatting tax evasion
- Kummu Matti: Global Water Scarcity Atlas: understanding resource pressure, causes, consequences, and opportunities (WASCO)
- Kuparinen Anna: Quick and dirty tools for ecosystem-based fisheries management
- Kuusi Tuomo: Quantification of diffusion in random porous media
- Kuusisto-Arponen Anna-Kaisa: Transcultural roadmap for supporting belonging among unaccompanied children and young people (TRUST)
- Lake Russell: An ultrasensitive microwave spectrum analyzer
- Levänen Erkki: Green processing of functional surfaces by supercritical carbon dioxide
- Liljeroth Peter: Atomically precise materials for future devices
- Lähdeoja Otso: Active Acoustics - Smart Audio objects at the Interface of the Material and the Digital
- Majumdar Himadri: Flexible display and sensor-array internet-of-things applications enabled by reverse offset printing of oxide materials (ROXI)
- Malm Tarja: Switching the gear: from cells to Alzheimer disease biomarkers – Can we make a difference?
- Manninen Albert: Medical applications of isotope-selective gas analysis (IsoMedi)
- Metsä-Ketelä Mikko: Metabolic Engineering for High-Value Chemical Entities
- Mikkonen Kirsi: POWERful bioeconomically compatible EMulsifiers (EMPOWER)
- Minav Tatiana: Implementation of zonal integrated future fluid power systems (IZIF)
- Mirtti Tuomas: Multiparametric model for clinically significant prostate cancer precision diagnostics and treatment
- Moisseev Dmitri: Helsinki weather radar network; virtual testbed for advanced applications (VITAL)
- Myllymäki Mari: Effect of spatial patterns of trees on the optimal sample plot design in forest inventories
- Myöhänen Timo: Prolyl oligopeptidase ligands - a possibility for a common drug therapy for several neurodegenerative diseases?
- Mähönen Ari Pekka: Molecular plant breeding for sustainable future: Exploiting the knowledge of Arabidopsis thaliana to increase biomass and wood production in trees
- Möttönen Mikko: Development of the quantum circuit refrigerator towards commercially relevant purposes
- Niemelä Sami: Enabling exploitation of variable and uncertain weather and power generation information
- Niemi Mikko: Next-generation pharmacogenomics
- Nummenmaa Lauri: Neuromolecular risk factors for obesity
- Nykter Matti: Prediction of pathway activities from cell free DNA in prostate cancer
- Nykänen Hannu: Methane and algae trough zooplankton to valuable food
- Palomäki Kalle: Conversation assistant for the hearing impaired
- Paloniemi Riikka: Better Processes and Outcomes - Improving Knowledge Exchange in regional level governance of biodiversity and ecosystem services (BRO)
- Palva J Matias: Testing the efficacy of a novel computer-game-based treatment for major depressive disorder
- Pekkola Samuli: Holistically speaking: Institutionalizing Enterprise Architecture in the Public Sector (HOPE-project)
- Peltonen Kirsi: Traumatized Adolescents Seeking Asylum –Effective ways of help
- Piitulainen Harri: Identification and quantification of sensorimotor deficits in cerebral palsy and rehabilitation of motor functions after stroke
- Pippuri Jenni: Benefit from additive manufacturing for efficient and sustainable electrical machines
- Porcar-Castell Albert: Cost-effective methods for tracking large scale vegetation physiology: Participatory phase and pilot experiments
- Pursiainen Sampsa: High- and low-frequency inverse imaging with signal sparsity: biomedical and astro/geophysical applications
- Pölönen Ismo: Environmental Impact Assessment Law in Transition – Keys for Smart Re-design and Implementation (EIALAW)
- Rantamäki Tomi: Novel rapid-acting antidepressant drug therapies
- Ras Robin: Magnetic Microdroplets as Analytical Probes
- Rasilo Paavo: Open-Source Modeling Environment and Benchmark for Magneto-Mechanical Problems
- Rinke Patrick: Database driven science for new materials
- Robson T Matthew: Optimising site-specific solar radiation modelling for its application in the horticultural, agricultural and photonics industries
- Ruotsalo Tuukka: Modeling User Intentions In-the-Wild
- Räsänen Esa: Health tracking through fractal analysis of complex signals
- Sanches Ribeiro Andre: Engineering and analysis tools of synthetic genes with tailored dynamics
- Satokari Reetta M.: Precision microbiota therapy for Clostridium difficile infection
- Savin Hele: Superior x-ray imaging using next-generation photosensor (VISION)
- Sikanen Tiina: Biotransformation-on-chip: Microfluidic in vitro tools for studying human drug metabolism and understanding its impacts on the environmental health
- Sippula Olli: Assessment and Abatement Strategies for Combustion-derived Secondary Organic Aerosol Emissions (ASTRO)
- Skottman Heli: Route map towards innovative cell replacement therapy for age-related macular degeneration
- Smolander Kari: Digital Infrastructures and Enterprise Integration
- Sun Zhipei: High-performance ultrafast mid-infrared fiber lasers for health and wellbeing applications
- Sundberg Lotta-Riina: Possibilities of biological disease management in aquaculture
- Suomalainen Soile: New, programmable light source for mid-infrared wavelength range - MIRLIGHT
- Syrjälä Ville: In-Band Full-Duplex Radio Technology: Realizing Next Generation Wireless Transmission
- Särkämö Teppo: Music-Based Tools for Supporting Neurocognitive Ageing and Rehabilitation (AGEMUS)
- Tammela Päivi: New antimicrobials against Gram-positive bacteria
- Teixeira Ferreira Denzil: CARE: Context-Awareness for Elderly Care
- Ukkonen Leena: Utilization of Wireless Implantable Pressure Sensors in Biomedicine: In Vivo Testing for Clinical Use and Commercialization (PressureSense)
- Valkonen Sanna: Culturally and Socially Sustainable Museum. Reframing the Policies of Representing Indigenous Sámi Culture in the Sámi Museum Siida
- Vanhatalo Jarno P.: Applying species distribution modeling in marine spatial planning and fisheries management
- Välimaa Taina: Speech perception in noise in children with cochlear implants and hearing aids: The new Children's test of word recognition in noise and realistic sound environments
- Yao Lide: In-situ TEM characterization of next-generation perovskite solar cell
- Zhao Guoying: Cardiac beat to beat variability analysis from remote videos for health service (CAVA)
Projects funded under the Academy's Key Project funding scheme submit their reports via the Academy’s online services.
The deadline for the mid-term report was 31 December 2017. The deadline for the final report is as soon as possible after the end of the funding period, that is, by 30 October 2018.
The final report will be an update of the mid-term report on the same form.
The final event for the Key Project researchers and stakeholder representatives will take place on 18 September 2018 at Finlandia-talo, Helsinki.
- Final event on 18 September at 12.00-17.00 at Finlandia-talo
- Networking Event for the Academy’s Key Project Researchers 17 October 2017
- 15 March 2016 The meeting concerns the Academy’s upcoming key project funding call. Meeting material (pdf)
- 3 Feb 2016 information meeting materials
- Read more about the implementation of the Government Programme
- Ministry of Education, Science and Culture – Government Programme
- Science Adviser Hannele Lahtinen, tel. +358 29 533 5055
- Senior Science Adviser Jaana Roos, tel. +358 29 533 5151