This structure for the interaction and impact plan applies to the call for applications for the Research Council of Finland's Proof of Concept Funding.
Submit the interaction and impact plan as a PDF appendix in the online services on the tab ‘Interaction and impact plan’. Read the call text carefully before you start writing the plan. Also, familiarise yourself with the review guidelines and review form.
The maximum length of the plan is eight pages (nine for consortium applications; Calibri/Carlito 12 pt), including the list of references. The plan does not need to have a cover page. The paper size is A4. The font is Calibri/Carlito, size 12 pt, line spacing 1 and margins 20 mm.
All 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 included in the length of the interaction and impact plan and therefore counts towards the total length of the plan.
When drafting the plan, please take into account that it will be reviewed by both Finnish and foreign experts from various fields and scientific disciplines. The plan should therefore be written in English. The plan must be drafted according to the structure and headings provided. Please note that you should consider responsible science (research ethics, open science, equality and nondiscrimination, sustainable development) as a cross-cutting issue when preparing the application.
The instructions and structure provided must be followed to ensure the equal treatment of applicants. The application cannot be submitted if the system detects an error in the page configuration or the structure.
- Write the plan on our template.
- See the How-to guides for the online services on our website for the technical instructions.
Page structure of interaction and impact plan:
Use the template
1 Central idea of the project
- Describe how the project builds on the research results of an ongoing Centre of Excellence or Finnish Flagship.
- Describe how the project will advance the utilisation of research.
- Describe and justify what kind of commercialisation or other societal impact the project aims to achieve.
- Describe how the project will progress towards commercialisation or other societal impact, including user groups and networks.
2 Implementation of interaction and impact
- Describe and justify the interaction and impact objectives.
- Describe the interaction and impact activities (e.g. methods, channels and timing including planned communication activities and possible participatory co-creation methods).
- Describe the collaborative networks, the user networks and groups and the information needs. Describe and justify the novelty value and innovativeness of the planned cooperation.
- Expected short- and long-term effects and impact and how they will be monitored (e.g. indicators for impact and monitoring)
3 Project implementation
- Describe the implementation and schedule of the project, for example the resources and research materials to be used, as well as the critical points and alternative implementation strategies.
- Responsibilities and key project-relevant competencies of the people involved in the project, as well as project management and division of labour
- Describe the costs of interaction and impact activities, including staff
- Describe the responsible science issues related to the project, such as ethical issues related to the topic, methods and materials, possible research permits granted and pending, and issues related to intellectual property rights.
- Added value of consortium (applies to consortium applications)