Additional funding for early-career researchers

€60m in additional funds to support early-career researchers and strengthen impactThe 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.

More information

  • Senior Science Adviser Hannele Lahtinen, tel. +358 29 533 5055
  • Senior Science Adviser Jaana Roos, tel. +358 29 533 5151

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Last modified 5 Oct 2018
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