The new funding scheme will be introduced in autumn 2022.

No new calls for applications will be opened in the current schemes for Postdoctoral Researchers, Academy Research Fellows or early-career Academy Projects. Researchers who have started this year or earlier with Postdoctoral Researcher, Academy Research Fellow or early-career Academy Project funding will continue under those terms and conditions until the end of their funding periods.

During February–March 2022, the Research Council held discussions with stakeholders on the key objectives of the reform and on the main features of the new Academy Research Fellowship funding scheme. As a result of the discussions and consultations, it was decided that, in the first call in autumn 2022, applications may be submitted by researchers who at the application deadline (month) have completed their first doctorate at least two but no more than nine years ago. As of the Winter 2024 call, the eligibility period will be 2–7 years since the first doctorate. Because of the new call schedule, eligible applicants in the Winter 2024 call are those whose doctoral degree certificate is dated between 30 September 2016 and 31 January 2022.

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