Programmes and projects

The Strategic Research Council (SRC) Programmes seek solutions to and opportunities in societal challenges. The research conducted within the programmes funded by the SRC is solution-oriented and multidisciplinary research. An important element is active collaboration between those who produce research knowledge and those who use it. 

The Finnish Government determines the research needs. The SRC annually prepares a proposal on key strategic research themes to be approved by the Government. The Government then decides the final themes and priorities. After the Government’s decision, the SRC can launch its programmes. The projects funded within an SRC programme form an integrated set of projects around a joint theme.

Current programmes

Towards a Sustainable, Healthy and Climate-Neutral Food System, FOOD (2019–2025)
This programme will seek a solution for moving towards a sustainable, healthy and climate-neutral food system. Rather than part of the problem, the food system of the future must be part of the solution to climate change.

Innovative Materials and Services to Promote Resource Wisdom and Sustainable Development, IMPRES (2019–2025)
This programme will aim to find solutions for replacing the unsustainable material foundation of our way of life with new materials and innovative services. A key focus is on systemic change management and the promotion of resource wisdom.

The Changing Role of Public Authority and the Potential for Steering Society, STEER (2019–2025)
Research under this programme will seek ways and tools of steering social development in contemporary societal settings.

Culture in an Increasingly Technologically Driven Society, CULT (2019–2025)
Research under this programme will seek to locate solutions for supporting interaction between technological advances, institutional and organisational structures and different cultures to ensure the inclusiveness of an increasingly multicultural and technologically driven society.

Climate change and humans, CLIMATE (2020–2026)
Research under this programme will seek solutions to how people can make and implement their choices related to mitigating or adapting to climate change and how society can facilitate this choice-making in a sustainable and equitable manner.

Information literacy and evidence-informed decision-making, LITERACY (2020–2026)
Research under this programme will seek solutions to how information can be used critically and constructively to support both individual and societal decision-making and actions.

Demographic Changes – Causes, Consequences and Solutions, DEMOGRAPHY (2021–2027)
This programme seeks research-based solutions for adapting to changes in the population’s age structure and maintaining the functional and renewal capacity of society. 

Environmental and Social Links to Biodiversity Loss, BIOD (2021–2027)
This programme focuses on biodiversity as a prerequisite for welfare and on how the loss of biodiversity can be halted and ecosystems revived through research-informed solutions.

Pandemics as a Challenge for Society, PANDEMICS (2021–2024)
This programme focuses on the crises caused by pandemics and their wide-ranging social impacts. 

Children and young people – healthy, thriving and capable makers of the future, YOUNG (2022–2028)
This programme focuses on children and young people as members of society and as makers of the future, and research under the theme shall seek solutions to ensure equal opportunities for all children and young people for a good life and safe growth and development.

Security and trust in the age of algorithms, SHIELD (2022–2028)
This programme focuses on security and trust in the age of information technology and hybrid influencing.

Energy Solutions as Part of a Just Green Transition, JUST ENERGY (2023–2029)
The programme focuses energy solutions as part of a just green transition.

Societal Solutions in a Just Green Transition, JUST TRANSITION (2023–2029)
The programme focuses on societal solutions essential for the green transition from the perspective of different institutions and actors.

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