Excellence in research
The President of Finland confers the title of Academician of Science on highly distinguished scientists and scholars from Finland and abroad. No more than sixteen Finns may bear the title at a time.
Academy Professors are awarded Academy of Finland funds for contributing to the development of their own research fields. The funding provides world-class scientists and scholars with the opportunity to practice research work on a fixed-term full-time basis. Academy Professors may carry out their own research plans, lead research teams, supervise young scientists and provide training.
Academy of Finland funded projects
- Centres of Excellence (CoE) are at the cutting edge of their disciplines, pioneering new avenues of enquiry and training the next generation of new talent for Finnish research and industry.
- A flagship is an effective mix of cutting-edge research, impact in support of economic growth or society, close connections to the business sector and society at large, adaptability, and a strong commitment from host organisations.
- Strategic Research Council (SRC) funded research seeks concrete solutions to significant problems, and requires a multidisciplinary approach. Collaboration between knowledge producers and knowledge users is essential. SRC programmes run for 3–6 years.
See also: Aalto University's scientific quality is strong in its key research areas, shown by Academy of Finland's 'State of Scientific Research in Finland' report.
Get to know our European Research Council (ERC) funded projects.
The European Research Council (ERC) funding is awarded to leading researchers for pioneering work at the frontiers of science. The ERC Synergy grant is a grant scheme that supports small teams of scientists who wish to jointly address ambitious research problems.
The European Research Council (ERC) funding is awarded to leading researchers for pioneering work at the frontiers of science. ERC Advanced grants provide an opportunity to well-established and outstanding scientists having a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years to pursue innovative, high-risk research.
The European Research Council (ERC) funding is awarded to leading researchers for pioneering work at the frontiers of science. ERC Starting Grants are designed to support talented early-career scientist (2-7 years since completion of PhD) who has already produced excellent supervised work, is ready to work independently and shows potential to be a research leader.
The Future & Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagships are visionary, large-scale, science-driven research initiatives that tackle scientific and technological challenges across disciplinary borders.
A major aim of EIT is to boost the competiveness of EU member states by collaboratively bringing together leading European higher education institutions, research centres and enterprises.