This page provides a summary of guidelines for reporting on research projects.
The Academy of Finland monitors the impact of Academy-funded research. Research reports provide key data for the monitoring. The principal investigator (PI) of the research project or the funding recipient is responsible for the reporting.
The scientific reports are submitted by the project PI and financial reports by the site of research (i.e. the recipient of the government transfer).
If an application is submitted for Academy research funding before funding for an ongoing project has ended, or after the funding has ended but before the final report has been submitted, applicants shall submit an interim report on each unreported decision. If the applicant is a subproject PI in an ongoing project no interim report is required.
The interim report is submitted in the online services under the original funding decision on the tab ‘Reports’. Select ‘Show projects to be reported’ (if reporting has not been started) or continue filling in an incomplete report. Fill in the required information and submit the report. Submit the interim report before you submit your application.
The interim report does not replace the final report, but an interim report submitted earlier can be used as the basis for a new interim or final report.
Researchers who have received funding from the Academy of Finland must report on their project via the Academy’s online services no later than 1 June in the year following the end of the project's funding period. As for consortia, the consortium PI submits the scientific report on behalf of the whole consortium after all subprojects have ended their funding periods.
A final report is drafted on all Academy research funding decisions. The reporting period is the same as the funding period in the decision. Some funding schemes have their own specific guidelines for reporting. The specific reporting guidelines are available in the online services.
Monitoring the impact of Academy funding has become increasingly important; the information is also used when the Academy reports on its own activities. It is therefore essential that the final report is carefully completed in all respects. Data on publications, other deliverables and research visits are of key importance. Research reports may be written in English, Finnish or Swedish. They cannot be submitted by email.
The principal investigator of the research project is responsible for the scientific reporting. Three times a year, the site of research must submit to the Academy an account of the use of the funding (by type of expenditure) and data on FTEs (staff according to the proportion of full-time hours they work), as part of the request for payment. The two sets of data are combined in the final report to allow for comparisons between the use of funds and the results produced with those funds.