The project must be a collaboration between Finland and Sweden. The funding can be applied for by consortia composed of at least one and up to two project partners from each country. The project must build on, or lead to, an active collaboration between research groups at universities or research institutes in Finland and Sweden within the research themes.
A consortium application is an application built around a joint research plan, where each party to the consortium (project partner) applies for funding. The application is treated as a single application, although the funding is granted to each subproject separately. Consortium compositions cannot be changed after the call deadline. Read the guidelines for consortium applications.
In addition to a doctoral degree, the principal investigator (PI) of the proposed project must also have other significant scientific merits. Usually the PI is a researcher at least at the docent level (adjunct professor). These criteria also apply to subproject PIs in consortia. In addition to this, the consortium leader must have no more than ten years from their first doctorate. The doctoral degree certificate (the first doctorate, if the applicant has multiple) of the consortium leader should be issued between 1 December 2011 and 1 December 2021.The date of the doctoral degree certificate may deviate from the above-mentioned because of career breaks (maternity, paternity and parental leaves, military or non-military service, or long-term illness. See also Appendix B for additional details for Swedish applicants).
In addition, the applicant must have a close connection with the country of their site of research (Finland or Sweden) to support the implementation of a multi-year project. This connection must be described in the application.
Special terms and restrictions
The call focuses on new and sustainable value chains from forest raw material. It encompasses all types of wood-based products, such as building components, furniture, textiles, packaging, and other new materials, but not bioenergy and biofuels.
The project must be a collaboration between Finland and Sweden. The funding can be applied for by consortia composed of at least one and up to two project partners from each country. The consortium leader must have no more than ten years from their first doctorate. The doctoral degree certificate (the first doctorate, if the applicant has multiple) of the consortium leader should be issued between 1 December 2011 and 1 December 2021.
The funding is primarily intended towards the salaries of researchers who work full-time on the project and for other project costs. The salary costs of the PI may be incorporated into the total project costs. Note that the salary costs of the PI are, however, restricted with certain limitations for the Finnish project partners; see Appendix A for details.
Applicants can submit only one application to this call (incl. a consortium subproject). If you do submit more than one application, we will only review the first application to arrive. Applications that are not reviewed will not be eligible for funding.
Funding cannot be granted to a person who has participated in the planning of the call to an extent likely to give them a comparative advantage over other applicants.
We will not process an application if the applicant has been found guilty of research misconduct in the three years preceding the year of the call.
An application will not be processed if the applicant or the application does not meet the competence requirements or other key requirements, or if the application otherwise does not qualify for processing. The funding parties may not process and not fund an application based on science policy objectives or if it is apparent for some other reason that the applicant cannot receive funding with the submitted application.
Each funder has its own further requirements. Please read Appendix A (Finland) and Appendix B (Sweden) carefully for more details.