Competitive funding to strengthen university research profiles, PROFI 6 call 2020

7 May 2020
16 June 2020 at 16.15 Finnish time
100 million euros
1 January 2021-31 December 2026
  • The funding is applied for by universities, each university with its own application. Consortium applications will not be accepted.

The aim of the Competitive funding to strengthen university research profiles is to support and speed up the strategic profiling of Finnish universities in order to improve the quality of research.

Based on their own strategies, the universities will set out concrete plans for how they intend to improve the quality and impact of their research. In the plans, the universities describe how they intend to promote strengths, thematic research modules and/or emerging research fields, and provide a clear schedule for these measures.

The Academy is prepared to fund measures supporting the research-related profiling of Finnish universities in the PROFI 6 call with 100 million euros. Funding will be granted for a fixed term.

Competent representatives of the applicant universities will submit the funding applications using the Academy of Finland’s online services. In the online services, the representatives will also issue a commitment on behalf of the site of research. Applications can be submitted as of 7 May 2020. The call closes on 16 June 2020 at 16.15 local Finnish time.

The application consists of forms completed in the Academy’s online services.

Academy of Finland funding is granted based on peer review. PROFI 6 applications will be reviewed by an international review panel in autumn 2020. In preparing and making the funding decisions, the Academy will consider the relationship between the funding applied for, the planned profiling measures and the universities research funding as a whole. It will also take into account the universities’ interim and final reports on previously funded profiling measures.

At the core of the Academy of Finland’s activities is to provide funding to excellent scientific research. Research funded by the Academy of Finland is 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 non-discrimination must also be considered in carrying out the research.

Before you log in to the online services (SARA) to fill in the application, make sure to carefully read the call text below as well as the Read more section, especially the terms and conditions. If the call text and the funding terms and conditions conflict, the terms and conditions should always be considered primary.

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

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