Finnish Centres of Excellence

The Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence Programmes are a success story in Finnish research. Centres of Excellence (CoE) are at the very cutting edge of science in their fields, carving out new avenues for research, developing creative research environments and innovations, and training new talented researchers for the Finnish research and business sectors.

The units granted CoE status by the Academy of Finland are scientifically first-rate research communities that have capacity for renewal and high societal impact. The CoE Programmes contribute to the renewal of science by supplying new research topics, new methods and approaches, and new research teams. Thanks to the long-term funding provided in collaboration with CoE host organisations, the funding instrument effectively works as an incentive for risk-taking and new initiatives in research.

The Academy of Finland selects CoEs based on international reviews and science policy objectives. The CoE term is eight years. In terms of the research plan, there are three primary review criteria: scientific quality, contribution to science renewal and scientific impact.

The CoEs are jointly funded by the Academy of Finland, universities, research institutes and business companies. Funding is also made available through other sources.


CoE news and upcoming events

Call for Centres of Excellence

Information on call for CoE Programme 2022–2029

Current Centres of Excellence

Centres of Excellence 2018–2025

Completed CoE Programmes

Centres of Excellence 1995–2019


  • Maiju Gyran, Senior Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 015
  • Ritva Helle, Coordinator, tel. +358 295 335 023
  • Katri Laitinen, Coordinator, tel. +358 295 335 212
  • general questions: coe(at)

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