Finnish Flagship Programme

The Research Council of Finland’s Flagship Programme is an instrument that supports high-quality research and increases the economic and societal impact emerging from the research. The Finnish Flagships represent an effective mix of close cooperation with business and society, adaptability and a strong commitment from host organisations.

International collaboration is an integral part of the Flagships’ activities. The Research Council promotes international cooperation in flagship fields through special actions together with its American partners. Read more about the Research Council's cooperation with the United States.

The Flagships create future know-how and sustainable solutions to societal challenges and promote economic growth by, for example, developing new business opportunities.

The Finnish Flagship Programme comprises fourteen Flagships, whose host organisations include nine universities, six research institutes, Helsinki University Hospital, the Finnish Red Cross Blood Service and CSC - IT Centre for Science Ltd. The Research Council of Finland’s total funding contribution to the Finnish Flagship Programme comes to almost 300 million euros.

By providing substantial long-term funding, the programme accelerates active collaboration between different actors and facilitates the development and expansion and systematic operations.

The Flagships selected in the first two calls

6G Flagship

6G-Enabled Wireless Smart Society & Ecosystem | University of Oulu


Finnish Centre for Artificial Intelligence | Aalto University, University of Helsinki & VTT


Competence Centre for the Materials Bioeconomy | Aalto University & VTT


Digital Precision Cancer Medicine Flagship | University of Helsinki & Helsinki University Hospital


Inequalities, Interventions and New Welfare State | University of Turku & Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare


Flagship on Photonics Research and Innovation| Tampere University, Aalto University, VTT & University of Eastern Finland

The Flagships selected in the third call


Atmosphere and Climate Competence Center | University of Helsinki, Finnish Meteorological Institute, University of Eastern Finland & Tampere University


Gene, Cell and Nano Therapy Competence Cluster for the Treatment of Chronic Diseases | University of Eastern Finland, University of Oulu, University of Helsinki, Aalto University & Finnish Red Cross Blood Servic


Innovation ecosystem based on the immune system | University of Turku & Åbo Akademi University


Forest-Human-Machine Interplay, Building Resilience, Redefining Value Networks and Enabling Meaningful Experiences | University of Eastern Finland, FGI, Tampere University & Natural Resources Institute Finland

The Flagships selected in the fourth call


Digital Waters Flagship | University of Oulu, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Aalto University, Finnish Environment Institute & University of Turku


The Education for the Future | University of Jyväskylä, University of Helsinki, Aalto University & University of Turku


Advanced Mathematics for Sensing, Imaging and Modelling | University of Eastern Finland, University of Helsinki, LUT University, University of Jyväskylä, Aalto University, University of Oulu & Tampere University, Finnish Meteorological Institute

Finnish Quantum Flagship

Finnish Quantum Flagship | Aalto University, University of Helsinki, CSC, University of Jyväskylä, Tampere University, University of Oulu & VTT

Inquiries and more information

  • Maiju Gyran, Senior Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 015
  • Sanna Marjavaara, Senior Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 070
  • Sirpa Nuotio, Senior Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 082
  • Helena Vänskä, Senior Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 036
  • general questions: flagship(at)

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