The Academy of Finland’s Flagship Programme is an instrument that supports high-quality research and increases the 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 Academy promotes international cooperation in flagship fields through special actions together with its American partners. Read more about the Academy’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 Flagships selected in the first two calls are in operation. After this third call, the Finnish Flagship Programme now comprises ten Flagships, whose host organisations include seven universities, five research institutes, Helsinki University Hospital and the Finnish Red Cross Blood Service. These organisations will fund the Flagships with some 500 million euros during the flagship terms. The Academy of Finland’s total funding contribution to the Finnish Flagship Programme comes to more than 100 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.
This expansion of the Flagship Programme is based on supplementary authority granted to the Academy of Finland in the fourth supplementary budget of 2020, which allocated 25 million euros to fund new Flagships. The Academy is also prepared to fund the new Flagships with an additional 20 million euros over the coming years.
The Flagships selected in the first two calls
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
- Academy of Finland to introduce new opportunities for Finnish-American research collaboration (26 Nov 2020)
- Academy of Finland selects four new Finnish Flagships (16 Nov 2020)
- Academy of Finland announces funding for Finnish Flagships, research infrastructures and RDI partnership networks (30 Jun 2020)
- Academy of Finland selects four new flagships (8 Jan 2019)
- 8 applications go through to second stage of Academy of Finland’s Flagship Programme call (10 Jan 2018)
- Academy of Finland selects first two competence clusters to the new Flagship Programme (18 Apr 2018)
Inquiries and more information
- Flagship Programme Subcommittee
- Brochure: The Finnish Flagships – Breaking the Ice for a Better Future (PDF)
- Maiju Gyran, Senior Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 015
- Sirpa Nuotio, Senior Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 082
- Jukka Tanskanen, Senior Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 071
- Katri Laitinen, Coordinator, tel. +358 295 335 071
- general questions: flagship(at)aka.fi
Our email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi.