Finnish Centres of Excellence in Research 2022–2029 (two-stage call, invited applicants)

29 April 2021
15 June 2021 at 16.15
65 million euros for first five years
1 Jan 2022–31 Dec 2026 (1st), 1 Jan 2027–31 Dec 2029 (2nd)
  • Centre of Excellence status is applied for by a consortium of researchers.

The Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence 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.

A Centre of Excellence (CoE) is a research community that is already at or striving for the international cutting edge of research in its field. CoEs may consist of one or more research teams working closely together under a joint research plan.

The units selected as CoEs are scientifically first-rate research communities that have capacity for renewal and high societal impact. The CoE programmes contribute to the renewal of science by supplying new research topics, new methods and approaches, and new research teams. Thanks to the long-term funding provided in collaboration with CoE host organisations, the funding instrument effectively works as an incentive for risk-taking and new initiatives in research.

The eight-year CoE term is split into two parts (5 + 3 years).

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 non-discrimination must also be considered.

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

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