Academy of Finland–NSF joint call: artificial intelligence and/or wireless communication technologies

2 January 2022
31 March 2022 at 16.15 Finnish time
up to 36 months
  • In this joint call, the application procedure differs from a typical Academy of Finland call. Please study the procedure in section ‘Background and objectives’ in detail before preparing to apply.
  • In this call, applicants from Finland can participate in the NSF funding opportunity ‘CISE Core Small competition’ via proposals submitted to the NSF between 2 January and 31 March 2022. Intention to submit must be submitted to the Academy at least four weeks before the proposal is planned to be submitted to the NSF and no later than 3 March 2022.
  • The Academy is prepared to fund the Finnish components of the collaborative AoF-NSF projects with a maximum of 2 million euros in total in 2022; the maximum funding for a three-year project is 500,000 euros. The funding to be distributed through this call depends on the Finnish Parliament’s decision to allocate the necessary funds to the Academy of Finland in its budget for 2022.
  • In case of delays in the processing of the applications resulting in the need to commit the Academy’s budget for 2023 to this call, the funding to be distributed will depend on the Finnish Parliament’s decision to allocate the necessary funds to the Academy in its budget for 2023.
  • Academy funding will be granted only for proposals that receive a ‘Confirmation of Eligibility for Funding’ letter from the Academy, are selected for funding in the NSF call, and are selected for funding by the Academy.

The National Science Foundation and the Academy of Finland collaborate via a Lead Agency Opportunity, in which the NSF acts as the Lead Agency. In this approach, proposers from both countries will collaborate to write a single proposal. It is the responsibility of the US proposer to submit the proposal to the appropriate NSF programme for review. Researchers from Finland participating in the joint research project will apply for funding separately from the Academy in accordance with the guidelines and procedures provided in this call text.

The aim of this joint call is to support research collaboration in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and/or wireless communication technologies. In case the proposed project is only targeting the AI theme, the project must advance AI technologies, algorithms or methods. Such projects can include case studies on real-world problems, but projects using AI (e.g. machine learning) only as a tool will not be supported. However, the aforementioned restriction does not apply to research projects that are related to wireless communication technologies or to combination of AI and wireless communication technologies.


The steps in the application procedure for researchers from Finland are as follows:

  1. Intention to Submit is emailed to the Academy at
  2. Academy assesses the eligibility of the project
  3. If assessed eligible, the Academy issues ‘Confirmation of Eligibility for Funding’ letter to the applicant
  4. US proposer submits the proposal including the ‘Confirmation of Eligibility for Funding’ letter to the appropriate NSF programme for review
  5. The proposal is reviewed in accordance with the standard NSF review criteria
  6. If the project is selected for funding by the NSF, the Academy decides whether it will support the Finnish subproject and if so, invites the applicant to submit an application to the Academy.

The application procedure is described in detail in the section ‘Background and objectives’.

The requirements in this call announcement relate only to applicants applying for funding from the Academy of Finland.

Before you start preparing to apply for the funding, 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.

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