Structure of research plan – mobility cooperation

This structure of the research plan applies to applications for funding for researcher mobility within cooperation projects with India, China or Germany.

Fill in the research plan in the Academy’s online services on the tab ‘Research plan’. Read the call text carefully before you start writing the plan. Also, familiarise yourself with the review guidelines and review form. Please note that the research plan cannot be submitted as a separate PDF appendix.

The maximum length of the research plan is five pages. The font is Source Sans Pro (font size 12 pt, line spacing 1.15 and margins 20 mm). All bibliographic references must be added directly into the text, for example as follows: (Author(s) Year or [number]). You cannot use footnotes. The list of references (no more than 1 page) does not count towards the length of the research plan.

Fill in the sections of the plan where applicable and according the practices of your own discipline.

See the How-to guides for the online services on our website for the technical instructions.

1. Presentation of research project and mobility plan, specification of funding

1.1 Description of the research for which you are applying for mobility funding

  • How the project and the methods used are linked to previous international and/or national research (state of the art)
  • Research-based starting points and possible preliminary research
  • Aims and objectives
  • Schedule for implementation
  • Expected research results and their anticipated scientific impact, potential for scientific breakthroughs and for the renewal of science and research

1.2 Justify how the project addresses the special objectives of the mobility call.

  • Describe how the project strengthens scientific cooperation between the countries.
  • Describe how the project promotes the international interaction of Finnish researchers and the internationalisation of research environments.

1.3 Description of research data and material and research methods

  • Research data to be used, taking into account issues such as intellectual property rights
  • Research methods and how they will contribute to answering the research questions or confirming the hypotheses, or how they will support the chosen approach
  • Research ethics

1.4 Mobility plan

  • List the persons for whom funding is applied and their planned mobility periods (e.g. 3 weeks in summer 2022) when they are supposed to go abroad. Also describe the main objective of each visit. Enter visits also on the tab ‘Mobility’ in the online services. Also include in the table the corresponding information on planned visits to Finland by foreign researchers. This information is not entered on the tab ‘Mobility, because Academy funding cannot be applied for for visits by foreign researchers.

1. 5 Specification of funding

  • Outline how the research funding of the Finnish party to the project has been organised (source and amount). Please note that the Academy’s mobility funding is not intended for research costs or salaries, but for travel and living expenses incurred during visits abroad.
  • Itemise the funding applied for from the Academy: how persons will travel, how many trips, what is the share of travel expenses, what is the share of living expenses and on what the amounts applied for are based (e.g. Academy’s grant table, own organisation’s travel guidelines, or own experiences of the local prices).

2. Research teams

2.1 Describe the tasks and roles and key project-relevant merits of the following persons:

  • Finnish principal investigator
  • Foreign principal investigator – this information should also be entered on the tab ‘Collaborators’.
  • Other Finnish and foreign persons to whom mobility funding is being applied for from the Academy or from abroad

2.2 Research environment

  • Local, national and/or international research environment, incl. research infrastructures. Enter the available infrastructures also on the online services under Affiliations.

2. 3 How the research teams complement each other

  • Is the research cooperation behind the mobility new or does it continue previous cooperation? If it continues previous cooperation, describe how long the cooperation has continued and what the previous results are (briefly).
  • Contents of research, research methods and equipment, etc.
  • Importance of project for attainment of research objectives, etc.

3. Participation of early-career researchers or other possible added value

3.1 Describe the added value of the mobility cooperation.

  • Describe how the project promotes researcher training and/or research careers.
  • Estimate the number of early-career researchers participating in the research and the number of all planned visits.
  • Justify possible other added value.

4. Special added value produced

4.1 Please indicate if there is any particular added value to be expected from the project with regard to:

  • Scientific, industrial or social applicability of results (IPR)
  • Knowledge transfer (e.g. collaboration between junior and senior researchers)
  • Sustainability and broad impact

5. References

  • List of all the sources used in the research plan.
  • The list (no more than 1 page) does not count towards the length of the research plan.
  • Please note that the text type, font size and line spacing of the list are the same as elsewhere in the research plan.

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