Research Council of Finland (RCF)–NSF joint call 2024: artificial intelligence and/or wireless communication technologies

2 Jan 2024
31 Mar 2024
maximum of 8 million euros (see call text for details)
36 months
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  • In this joint call, the application procedure differs from a typical Research Council of Finland call. Please study the procedure in section ‘Background and objectives’ in detail before preparing to apply.
  • In this call, applicants from Finland can participate in the NSF funding opportunity ‘CISE Core Small competition’ via proposals submitted to the NSF between 2 January and 31 March 2024. Intention to submit must be submitted to the RCF at least four weeks before the proposal is planned to be submitted to the NSF and no later than 4 March 2024.
  • The funding to be distributed through this call depends on the Finnish Parliament’s decision to allocate the necessary funds to the Research Council of Finland in its budget for 2024. In case of delays in the processing of the applications resulting in the need to commit the RCF’s budget for 2025 to this call, the funding to be distributed will depend on the Finnish Parliament’s decision to allocate the necessary funds to the RCF in its budget for 2025.
  • The RCF is prepared to fund the Finnish components of the collaborative FI-US projects selected from joint calls between the RCF and the NSF and National Institutes of Health (NIH) with a maximum of 8 million euros in total in 2024
  • The maximum funding for a three-year project is 500,000 euros.
  • RCF funding will be granted only for proposals that receive a ‘Confirmation of Eligibility for Funding’ letter from the RCF, are selected for funding in the NSF call, and are selected for funding by the RCF.

The National Science Foundation and the Research Council of Finland collaborate via a Lead Agency Opportunity, in which the NSF acts as the Lead Agency. In this approach, proposers from both countries will collaborate to write a single proposal. It is the responsibility of the US proposer to submit the proposal to the appropriate NSF programme for review. Researchers from Finland participating in the joint research project will apply for funding separately from the RCF in accordance with the guidelines and procedures provided in this call text.

The aim of this joint call is to support research collaboration in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and/or wireless communication technologies. In case the proposed project is only targeting the AI theme, the project must advance AI technologies, algorithms or methods. Such projects can include case studies on real-world problems, but projects using AI (e.g. machine learning) only as a tool will not be supported. However, the aforementioned restriction does not apply to research projects that are related to wireless communication technologies or to combination of AI and wireless communication technologies.

 

The steps in the application procedure for researchers from Finland are as follows:

  1. Intention to Submit is emailed to the RCF at flagship@aka.fi
  2. RCF assesses the eligibility of the project
  3. If assessed eligible, the RCF issues ‘Confirmation of Eligibility for Funding’ letter to the applicant
  4. US proposer submits the proposal including the ‘Confirmation of Eligibility for Funding’ letter to the appropriate NSF programme for review
  5. The proposal is reviewed in accordance with the standard NSF review criteria
  6. If the project is selected for funding by the NSF, the RCF decides whether it will support the Finnish subproject and if so, invites the applicant to submit an application to the RCF.

The application procedure is described in detail in the section ‘Background and objectives’.

The requirements in this call announcement relate only to applicants applying for funding from the Research Council of Finland.

Before you start preparing to apply for the funding, 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 published only in English.

Read the full call text on this page.

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