Draft versions of new strategic research themes ready for comments – sign up for public consultation

14 May 2024

The Strategic Research Council (SRC) will present the draft themes for its next research programmes on Monday 20 May at 13.00–14.15. This year, the SRC has been preparing two themes: Economy and welfare in an era of strategic competition and Skills, labour supply and migration in future Finland. The proposed cross-cutting priority of the 2025 SRC programmes is artificial intelligence.

The Strategic Research Council funds high-quality research that has great societal impact and that seeks solutions to major societal challenges. SRC funding is programme-based funding built around specific themes. A key task of the SRC is to annually prepare a proposal for the Finnish Government on the themes of new strategic research programmes. Themes are now being prepared for the six-year programmes starting in 2025.

Sign up for public consultation

The draft themes will be presented at a public consultation on Monday 20 May at 13.00. Participants will be able to comment on the drafts before the SRC will finalise them and submit them to the Government.

The online public consultation will allow members of the scientific community, research knowledge users and other interested parties to ask questions about the draft themes from SRC representatives. Registration is open until Friday 17 May. More details on the event and the instructions for participation will be published on the SRC website before the event and sent to registered participants.

Interaction and feedback provide valuable support

An essential part of the theme preparation is to identify topical societal challenges that are significant in scale and of such quality that their resolution requires a multidisciplinary and interactive approach to research. The long duration of the six-year programmes also requires foresight from the themes.

The SRC’s theme preparation is supported by an interactive and multi-stage process, which enables a wide range of perspectives to be included from different disciplines as well as from other sectors of society. Interaction and feedback from stakeholders are a valuable part of the preparation of themes. Stakeholders with knowledge of both current scientific issues and Finnish society support the SRC at various stages of the preparation and help in identifying essential research needs. In its preparatory work, the SRC also makes use of the most topical foresight reports.

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The SRC welcomes all interested parties to the consultation to have their say on the draft themes.

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