Academy of Finland – NIH joint call pilot: thematic areas of the Finnish Research Flagships

1 December 2020
9 April 2021 at 16.15 Finnish time
up to 5 years
  • During this joint call pilot, applicants from Finland can participate in certain NIH funding opportunities with proposal due dates between 5 February and 7 May 2021.
  • ‘Intention to submit’ is sent by the Finnish PI to the Academy at least eight weeks and final draft proposal at least four weeks before NIH deadline. Final proposal is submitted to NIH by the US PI.
  • The Academy is prepared to fund the Finnish components of the collaborative US-FI projects with a maximum of 3 million euros in 2021, maximum funding for five-year project is 500,000 euros. Funding is conditional on the approval of a memorandum of understanding, which is currently being drafted, by both AKA and NIH. The approval is expected to take place in early 2021.
  • Academy funding will be granted only for proposals that receive a ‘Confirmation of Eligibility for Funding’ letter from the Academy and are selected for funding in the respective NIH funding call.
  • If the Academy has issued 'Confirmation of Eligibility' letters for a sum potentially significantly exceeding the planned funding of no more than 3 million euros, it will no longer issue new letters, and the call may be closed prematurely.

The AKA-NIH Partnership Programme, launched in November 2020, is an initiative between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Academy of Finland (AKA). Under the Programme, a ‘single-proposal, single-review’ mechanism is facilitated by NIH through their existing grants programmes. From the perspective of AKA, all proposals submitted under the auspices of the Partnership must have significant research involvement from researchers from both countries. Funding will be provided for collaborative research activities falling within the missions of participating NIH’s Institutes and Centers and the thematic areas of AKA’s Finnish Research Flagships.

This call announcement outlines the objectives, eligibility, funding available, application procedures and evaluation for submission of a pre-proposal for confirmation of eligibility for funding to AKA and provides a summary of the standard process NIH will use for evaluating and selecting proposals for funding. The application procedure is described in detail in the section ‘Background and objectives’.

The requirements in this call announcement relate only to applicants applying funding from AKA.

Before you fill in the application in the online services (SARA), carefully read the call text and the ‘Read more’ section, especially the funding terms and conditions. If the call text and the funding terms and conditions conflict, the terms and conditions should always be considered primary. This call text is published only in English.

Read the full call text on this page. Click on the link to print the text or save it in PDF format.

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