Academy Programme: Critical Materials in Circular Economy of Cities

1 April 2021
8 Sep 2021 at 16.15 (full applications)
up to 8 million Euros
1 Jan 2022–31 Dec 2025
  • may be applied for by individual research teams or consortia composed of two or more research teams; applied for to hire a research team
  • funding for individual applications and consortium subprojects up to 500,000 euros, funding for consortia up to 1,200,000 euros

Academy Programmes are thematic, target-oriented and coordinated research programmes that cover a range of activities to support innovative, high-quality and high-impact research and promote international and national research cooperation. The topics of Academy Programmes are often science-driven and may emerge from key research needs in society identified through foresighting.

The aim of the Academy Programme Critical Materials in Circular Economy of Cities is to produce new scientific information on flows of critical materials in the circular economy, high-tech products and services for the circular economy, the cooperation and governance of different actors in the circular economy in cities and the relationship between the circular economy and urbanisation. The number of raw materials rated as critical will continue to increase, as large amounts of metals and minerals will be needed for batteries in new technology. Current recycling levels of critical raw material are inadequate. Circular economy calls for the introduction of new technologies, products and recycling mechanisms as well as new business models. Effective circular economy is central to sustainable development.

Among the key objectives of this Academy Programme is to produce new scientific information within the selected themes, steer research towards areas of application that are relevant to circular economy in cities, and increase high-level research with a view to facilitating the development of circular economy in cities. The programme memorandum (PDF) contains more details on the programme’s background, aims and themes.

The call has two stages. At the first stage, applicants submit plans of intent. Selections to the second stage are made based on the first-stage review. At the core of the Academy of Finland’s activities is to provide funding for excellent scientific research. The research we fund is also expected to have high scientific and social impact. The results of Academy-funded projects must be made public and they must be produced following good scientific practice. In other words, the research must be ethical, follow the principles of sustainable development and make its results, material and data openly accessible. Equality and nondiscrimination must also be considered.

Before you fill in your application in the online services (SARA), carefully read the call text and 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. If the translated English or Swedish version of the call text is in conflict with the Finnish call text, the Finnish version should always be considered primary.

Any changes in the call guidelines between the first and the second call stage will be notified on this page.

Read the full call text on this page.

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