Finnish Centres of Excellence in Research 2026–2033 (two-stage call)

4 Sep 2024
25 Sep 2024 at 16.15 Finnish time
up to €65m for 1st five-year period
1 Jan 2026–31 Dec 2030 (period 1), 1 Jan 2031–31 Dec 2033 (period 2)
  • Centre of Excellence funding is applied for by a consortium of researchers.

The Finnish 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 striving for or already at the international forefront of research in its field. CoEs may consist of one or more research teams working closely together under a joint research plan.

The units granted Centre of Excellence (CoE) funding by the Research Council of Finland 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).

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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