The Next Generation EU recovery instrument supports a speedy recovery for people, the EU economy and society from the Covid-19 crisis. The instrument includes a 750 billion recovery fund for EU member states. The recovery package is divided into seven parts, of which the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) is the largest. The RRF includes 672.5 billion in funding for EU member states.
Each member state must present a national Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) in order to receive RRF funding. The Council of the European Union formally approved Finland’s plan in autumn 2021. Finland’s Recovery and Resilience Plan forms part of the Sustainable Growth Programme for Finland. The programme supports growth that is ecologically, socially and economically sustainable.
The Academy of Finland supports the implementation of Finland’s Recovery and Resilience Plan with funding to promote the dual digital and green transition. In 2021, the Academy’s RRF-based funding amounted to 45 million euros. In 2022, the Academy’s RRF-based budget authority is approximately 40 million euros.
Business Finland works with the Academy of Finland to implement the Recovery and Resilience Plan. Read more about Business Finland’s funding for building and developing infrastructures that support leading technologies and sustainable growth and digitalisation as well as the partnership model funding for companies and research organisations.
See below for more information on Academy-supported research infrastructures and research projects.
The research projects to be supported with RRF-based funding will be selected in a funding call opened in April 2022. We will update this page with the funded projects after the decisions have been made.
The local research infrastructures to be supported with RRF-based funding will be selected in a funding call opened in spring 2022. We will update this page with the funded research infrastructures after the decisions have been made.
Below are examples of the funded projects. See also the complete list of supported research projects.
- Wildfires are one of the major global environmental threats posed by climate change. Eija Honkavaara (Finnish Geospatial Research Institute) heads a consortium that is developing AI-based technology for fast detection of wildfires using unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones. The multidisciplinary consortium comprises researchers from the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, the University of Jyväskylä, the University of Oulu and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd and an extensive collaboration network.
- Markku Kulmala (University of Helsinki) heads a project focusing on efficient forest management strategies to strengthen the ability of forests to mitigate climate change. The researchers will analyse the impacts of forest management and a changing climate on forest carbon sinks and radiative forcing by combining comprehensive long-term datasets on boreal forests and the atmosphere with diverse forest growth modelling. The cross-disciplinary consortium includes scientists from the University of Helsinki, Natural Resources Institute Finland and the Finnish Meteorological Institute as well as collaborators from the forest sector.
- Arttu Polojärvi (Aalto University) heads a research project that aims to promote the European Union’s objective to increase energy production by offshore wind farms. Many northern sea areas have been identified as suitable for offshore wind farms, but high sea-ice loads remain a challenge. It is therefore difficult to design cost-effective yet safe wind turbine units. Polojärvi’s project proposes to build a multi-physics modelling engine for forecasting future marine environmental and ice conditions, while simultaneously being detailed enough for the design and optimisation of cold-region offshore wind farms. The multidisciplinary consortium comprises researchers from Aalto University, the Finnish Meteorological Institute and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
The national research infrastructures supported with RRF funding were selected in a funding call opened in 2021. Among the selection criteria were the impacts on sustainable development, the green transition and digitalisation. Read more in the press release.
Below are examples of the funded research infrastructures. See also the complete list of supported research infrastructures.
- INAR RI is an umbrella infrastructure that coordinates Finland’s participation in four European infrastructures within environmental research: ICOS, ACTRIS, eLTER and AnaEE. INAR RI consists of 30 measurement stations, several laboratories and mobile units and two data infrastructures. INAR RI integrates multidisciplinary and ongoing environmental observations. The funded project will respond to societal challenges concerning environmental sustainability and climate change by focusing on improving the existing infrastructure for the further determination of carbon sinks and related climate impacts. INAR RI involves the University of Helsinki, CSC – IT Centre for Science, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the University of Eastern Finland, Natural Resources Institute Finland, the University of Oulu, the Finnish Environment Institute, Tampere University, the University of Turku and a wide collaborative network of national and international actors.
- The FOODNUTRI research infrastructure will contribute to the implementation of the EU’s Food 2030 policy, taking into account the Finnish government’s vision: “In 2030, Finnish consumers eat tasty, healthy and safe Finnish food that has been produced sustainably and ethically.” FOODNUTRI will produce innovative solutions, diversely utilising Finnish raw materials as well as novel technical solutions for processing and packaging, and also producing information on the composition, structure and safety of food products and their ingredients, physiological responses to food, consumer attitudes, food consumption, nutrient intake and the sustainability of food choices. FOODNUTRI will serve researchers, businesses, authorities, healthcare professionals, farmers and other stakeholders. The background organisations include the University of Helsinki, the University of Eastern Finland, the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Natural Resources Institute Finland, the Finnish Food Authority, the Finnish Environment Institute, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the University of Turku and wide national and international network of collaborators.
- FiQCI: The Finnish Quantum Computing Infrastructure (FiQCI) offers an open quantum computing environment that serves Finland’s national field of research and development. Quantum computers enable the solving of computational problems permanently beyond the reach of classical computers and can therefore significantly increase the impact of research. Quantum computing is expected to revolutionise a number of scientific disciplines. Many of the greatest challenges of our time, from accurate modelling of complex meteorological systems to optimising resource use and developing new, more sustainable materials, could be met with the computing capacity promised by quantum computers. But in order to achieve this capacity, quantum computers need tailored quantum algorithms and software, the successful development of which requires that researchers have access to a sufficiently mature quantum computing infrastructure. The organisations involved in developing the FiQCI infrastructure are VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Aalto University, CSC – IT Centre for Science and other Finnish and foreign collaborators.
- Sustainable Growth Programme for Finland (Finnish Government website)
- Finland’s Recovery and Resilience Plan (Ministry of Finance website)
- Sustainable Growth Programme in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
- Business Finland and the Sustainable Growth Programme for Finland
- NextGenerationEU – Recovery plan for Europe (European Commission website)
- Research infrastructures (Academy of Finland website)
- Merja Särkioja, Senior Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 111
- Jukka Tanskanen, Senior Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 071
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