Finnish Flagship Programme

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.

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

At present, the Flagship Programme comprises six Flagships. The host organisations include six universities, two research institutes and Helsinki University Hospital. Between 2019 and 2022, the organisations will fund the Flagships with a total of 320 million euros. The Flagships have also secured 100 million euros in EU funding. The Academy of Finland’s funding contribution to the Flagship Programme comes to 54.5 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.

In addition, the Finnish Government’s supplementary budget for 2020 allocated 25 million euros to the Academy for a third call. 


Flagships and host organisations

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| University of Tampere, Aalto University, VTT & University of Eastern Finland

Inquiries and more information

  • Maiju Gyran, Senior Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 015
  • Sirpa Nuotio, Senior Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 082
  • Jukka Tanskanen, Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 071
  • Katri Laitinen, Project Officer, tel. +358 295 335 071
  • general questions: flagship(at)

Our email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname(at)

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