Finnish Flagship Programme 2020

11 August 2020
2 September 2020 at 16.15 Finnish time
Expected total funding 45 million euros
1 July 2020 - 31 December 2024 (starts retroactively)

This funding call has closed. Please note that the Academy’s new website was launched on 6 October 2020. Some links in this call text may therefore not work. If you have questions about the call, get in touch with the call’s contact persons.

  • Expected number of funded Flagships: 3–5
  • applied for by Finnish higher education institutions and government research institutes; consortium applications accepted
  • To facilitate the review, applicants are invited to provide a non-binding notification of the thematic area of their Flagship application under preparation via email at by 10 Aug 2020.

The aim of the Academy of Finland’s Flagship Programme is to pool together expertise from different fields in Finland to form high-level research and impact clusters that will further contribute to increasing the quality and impact of Finnish research.

This third call of the Academy of Finland’s Flagship Programme targets funding towards competence clusters operating in a strong innovation-oriented environment and having active collaborations with the business sector and possibly with other sectors of society. The new Flagships to be selected will support the building of internationally competitive competence centres and ecosystems in Finland.

According to the National Roadmap for Research, Development and Innovation, the building blocks of Finland’s competitiveness and wellbeing are strong competence, research and innovation. Finland’s rise from the emergency caused by the pandemic and success in global competition require the generation of new knowledge, innovations that bring social benefits and added value, and a high level of competence.

To strengthen, broaden and increase the effectiveness of the competence spearhead, research and the networks that utilise it must be grouped into larger competence centres and ecosystems. Supported by the Finnish Government’s fourth supplementary budget for 2020, the Academy of Finland will advance this goal with its Finnish Flagship Programme and through its research infrastructure funding and funding for partnership networks.

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 exceptionally available in English only.

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