Strategic research programme: Energy Solutions as Part of a Just Green Transition (JUST ENERGY)

3 November 2022
11 Jan 2023 at 16.15 Finnish time (letters of intent)
€27m in total for first 3-year period (distributed between two programmes open for application)
1 Oct 2023–30 Sep 2026 (1st funding period) and 1 Oct 2026–30 Sep 2029 (2nd funding period)
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The Finnish Government decided the 2023 themes and priorities for strategic research in its plenary session on 6 October 2022. The cross-cutting priority is resilience.

The present call concerns the strategic research programme Energy Solutions as Part of a Just Green Transition. Just green transition refers to comprehensive, long-term solutions to ecological sustainability crises that also strengthen the stability of society and support the participation of different groups in society. The major crises at hand, such as climate change and biodiversity loss and their linkages to the use of natural resources, with their various interdependencies, require measures that have a significant impact on our entire operational setting, our economic structure and our lifestyles. The transition concerns the environment and technology, but requires also major societal and cultural changes, both locally and globally. The programme will examine how changes in the global and European operating environment challenge energy solutions made in Finland and how the solutions can promote energy security and strengthen societal and economic resilience. Through multidisciplinary and interactive research, the programme aims to build a wide-ranging knowledge base and expertise to support the green transition of the welfare society.

The Strategic Research Council (SRC) established within the Academy of Finland provides funding for long-term, solution-oriented research of a high scientific standard that is aimed at finding solutions to major societal problems and challenges. SRC funding has the following characteristics:

  • The funding is only granted to consortia. The consortia must follow the consortium structure required by the SRC.
  • Solving societal challenges requires not only research but also interaction aimed at societal impact between researchers and knowledge users throughout the project’s lifecycle. The activities of the projects and their effects will also be monitored regularly.
  • The funding follows the full cost model, and the SRC’s funding contribution comes to 100%.
  • Funding can be used to cover the salary of the consortium PI for the duration of the funding period. The SRC requires that consortium PIs commit themselves with a sufficient level of input to heading the consortium.
  • The consortia should work towards a balanced gender composition.
  • The funded projects shall commit to following the principles of responsible science.
  • The funded consortia form a thematic programme that is coordinated by a programme director separately hired by the SRC.

The SRC programme structure is such that each programme also has a part-time programme director, who is employed at their own host organisation, such as a university of research institute. Programme directors are selected through a separate call. The key tasks of the programme director are to build a coherent programme package in collaboration with the programme’s projects, be responsible for cross-programme cooperation with other programme directors and promote the societal impact of research together with the Division of Strategic Research. Funded consortia shall actively participate in programme activities and cross-programme activities for social impact.

The present SRC call has two stages. The first stage is open to all eligible applicants. SRC consortia shortlisted in the first call stage will be invited to submit full applications. The SRC decides which consortia are invited.

SRC consortium PIs must have a doctoral degree and hold the title of docent or have research experience at the docent level. To be eligible, a consortium must include at least three organisations and at least three research fields. An SRC consortium must also have an interaction coordinator qualified in their own field.

The project duration is 3 + 3 years. In the two programmes open for application (Energy Solutions as Part of a Just Green Transition and Societal Solutions in a Just Green Transition), the SRC is prepared to fund a total of 9–10 projects with 2.75–3 million euros each during the first funding period. The programmes’ funding budgets for the first three years has been set at a total of some 27 million euros. The cost estimates of the projects must be realistic.

Before you fill in your application in the online services (SARA), carefully read the call text, especially the funding terms and conditions and the SRC’s funding principles. Also read the section on responsible science available on the Academy of Finland’s website. 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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