Applicants for Academy Project funding apply for funding to set up a research team.
The Academy Project funding scheme is designed to promote the quality and diversity of research, scientific and extra-scientific impact as well as science self-renewal. The aim is to attain internationally as high a scientific standard of work as possible and to support scientific breakthroughs and top-tier international research collaboration.
The funding is granted primarily to teams of researchers with doctoral degrees. In Academy Projects, we encourage researchers to engage in international mobility that will support the research, for example, so that a researcher hired to the project works abroad for a fixed period. The project may also hire a foreign researcher who already works or will work in the Finnish scientific community.
How to apply
The non-negotiable deadline for applications is 28 September 2016 at 16.15. The deadline also applies to consortia. Draft the application in the Academy’s online services. Select Open calls > Academy Project funding.
Draft the application so that the Academy’s contribution to funding comes to no more than 70% of the estimated total project costs. Read more on our website under Full cost model.
If the applicant is a consortium, see detailed guidelines on our website under Guidelines for consortium application. Please note that consortium PIs can submit the consortium application only after all consortium subprojects have completed their applications. The non-negotiable call deadline also applies to consortia. Consortium compositions cannot be changed after the deadline has expired. The consortium guidelines for the September 2016 call will be updated before the call opens.
Who is eligible to apply?
The leader of an Academy Project (the principal investigator, or PI) must have the qualifications of a professor or docent. In September 2016, the Academy of Finland especially encourages early-career researchers to apply for Academy Project funding.
If the PI does not have an employment relationship with, for example, a university or research institute, they must explain in the application how their salary will be covered during the project’s funding period. These details must be accounted for in the application.
When the call opens, please check the Academy’s website for possible additional guidelines.