All changes in the content of the Academy of Finland’s funding decisions must be approved by the Academy. The application to change the funding decision is submitted by the PI in the Academy’s online services under My applications > Decision made > Make an appeal.
The appeal must include sufficient justifications and all information needed to handle the case. More detailed instructions are available in Appendix 1 of the document General conditions and guidelines for funding. As a rule, the information in the appendix is also applicable to earlier decisions.
The following changes can be applied for:
Changing annual instalments in new funding decision
You can apply to change the annual instalments if the PI cannot commit to the instalments specified in the funding decision, taking into account the possible 15% deviation.
Extending funding period
The funding period may be extended on the basis of a researcher’s maternity, paternity, parental or childcare leave, or military or nonmilitary service. It may also be extended for other special reasons, such as long-term illness.
Changing Academy Research Fellow funding decision into a co-funded decision
Academy Research Fellows may apply to change the funding of their annual salaries so that part of the salary comes from other funding sources. This requires that the externally funded salary part has been allocated to research tasks or that the researcher is part of the university’s career system aiming at a permanent research position.
Additional grant (i.e. compensation)
A project may be granted additional funding on the basis of a researcher’s maternity leave or long-term illness. You can apply for this change in any funding opportunities that follow the additional cost model (e.g. funding for research post as Academy Professor, funding for research post as Academy Research Fellow).
Changing sites of research
The site of research may be changed if the PI transfers to another site in the middle of the funding period.
Declining research grant in full
You can apply to decline a research grant in full if you do not want to receive the funds or if you want to forgo the funds before they are used.
Declining research grant midstream
You can apply to decline a research grant midstream, i.e. while the funding period is still running.
Changing principal investigators
You can apply to change principal investigators in the middle of the funding period on exceptional and justified grounds.
Changing decision conditions or purpose of use, substantially changing the research plan
Changes in decision conditions or purpose of use can be applied for only on special grounds. Substantial changes in research plans can be applied for only on special grounds. Please always first contact us for more information.
Minor changes in the research plan do not require approval by the Academy.
Applying for changes in funding proportions of consortium subprojects
You can apply to change the funding proportions of consortium subprojects. The total funding for the consortium must not change.