Structure of research plan: mobility cooperation - Japan, Germany, China

This research plan structure applies to applications for mobility funding for researcher mobility within joint projects with Japan, China or Germany.

Submit the research plan as a separate PDF appendix. Read the call text carefully before you start writing the research plan.

The maximum length of the research plan is six pages. The font is Source Sans Pro (font size 12 pt, line spacing 1 and margins 20 mm). The paper size is A4. All bibliographic references must be added directly into the text, for example as follows: (Author(s), year or [number]). You must not use footnotes. The list of references is part of the research plan and does count towards the length of the plan.


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 interactions of Finnish researchers and the internationalisation of research environments and strengthens the quality of research.

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

1.4 Present a mobility plan:

  • List the persons for whom funding is applied and their planned mobility periods (e.g. 3 weeks in summer 2023) 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 visits by foreign researchers.

1.5 Specify the funding applied for:

  • 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 and specify the funding applied for from the Academy: how many persons will travel, how many trips, what is the proportion of travel expenses, what is the proportion of living expenses and on what the amounts applied for are based (e.g. own organisation’s travel guidelines, or own experiences of local prices).


2. Research teams

2.1 Describe the tasks and roles and project-relevant key 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 Describe the research environment:

  • Local, national and/or international research environment, incl. research infrastructures. Enter the infrastructures to be used also on the tab ‘Affiliations’ in the online services.

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

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