The Academy of Finland has two main application rounds each year: September and April.
In September, for example, we invite applications for Academy Project funding, targeted Academy Project funding and funding for research posts (i.e. Academy Research Fellow, Postdoctoral Researcher and clinical researcher).
In April, for example, we invite applications for Academy Programme and targeted Academy Project funding.
The deadlines of the following funding opportunities may differ from our main deadlines: Academy Programmes, research infrastructures, two-stage calls and calls linked to international or national research collaboration.
Please check the deadline separately for each call in the call text. We will not process applications that have not arrived by the deadline.
A list of Academy funding opportunities is available on our website under Our funding opportunities.
We post open calls on our website under Apply now. For detailed guidelines on how to apply, visit these sections on our website:
- call texts for our main calls, describing our available funding opportunities
- guidelines on how to draft and submit applications
- guidelines on how to draft appendices (structure and length)
- programme memoranda for our programmes
- how-to guide to our online services.
Also read our step-by-step guide to applying, which is a brief summary of the most important steps you will need to follow to submit your application.
In connection with our main calls, we often also publish a “What’s new” summary describing any new and revised guidelines for that particular call.
We require that you carefully read the call text and the guidelines mentioned above before submitting your application.
Updated for April 2018 call
How applications are submitted and become pending: late applications will not be accepted
Applications for the Academy of Finland’s September 2017 call can be drafted and submitted in the online services as of Friday 1 September 2017. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 27 September 2017 at 16.15 local Finnish time, unless the call text indicates otherwise. The non-negotiable call deadline also applies to consortia. Please note that consortium PIs can submit the consortium application only after all consortium subprojects have tagged their applications as complete. International calls may have other deadlines. To ensure smooth drafting and submission, please submit your application as early as possible.
According to section 17 of the Finnish Administrative Procedure Act and section 8 of the Act on Electronic Services and Communication in the Public Sector, the sender is responsible for the application arriving by the set deadline.
An application becomes pending at the Academy when the online application and the obligatory appendices have been submitted in the online services. The system will confirm a successful submission by sending an email to the address provided by the applicant.
Please note that you cannot submit a full-costing-based application in which the Academy’s contribution to funding is higher than the percentage indicated in the call text. Nor will the system accept applications that lack obligatory details or appendices.
Append only the requested appendices to the application, append them in PDF format and make sure not to exceed the maximum lengths indicated in the guidelines.
For guidelines on how to submit an application in the Academy’s online services, see our How-to guide. If you run into problems in the online services at the time of submission, please contact us (the contact persons are named in the call text) before the deadline expires, either by phone or via Questions and feedback on our website.
Supplement the application if necessary and always notify us of other funding
You can make changes (e.g. change appendices) in an application you have submitted to the Academy, but you must make them before the deadline expires. To do this, log in to the online services, open the application, make the necessary changes and save the supplemented application by the set deadline. You will not receive any confirmation message when you supplement and re-save an application.
If you notice that your application lacks important information after the deadline has expired, immediately get in touch with the call’s contact person, who can open the application so that you can add the missing information. Make sure to re-submit the application after you have supplemented it. You will receive an email confirmation after the resubmission.
Instructions on how to supplement a consortium application are available on our website.
We will take into account the additions insofar as it is possible in view of the review and decision-making process. An important addition is, for instance, an invitation by a foreign university.
Do not submit any new appendices via the so-called additional information feature; such appendices will not be saved as part of the application.
You must immediately notify us if you receive funding from other sources for the same purpose after your application to the Academy has been submitted.
Publicity of applications
Under the Finnish Act on the Openness of Government Activities, an application and its appendices are public information; research plans, plans of intent, abstracts and progress reports, however, are not. For example, the CV is a public document and as such must not include any confidential information.
Write a popular description of the project
The popular description of the project is an important part of the application. The description is a way for the Academy and researchers to disseminate information on Academy-funded research to the research community, stakeholders and the public at large. The description should therefore be as readable as possible, written for a nonscientific audience. It must give the reader a summary of the key points of the research. Read more under Public description of project on our website. The description must not exceed 1,000 characters. The public description is not the same as the scientific abstract included in the application; the abstract must not exceed 2,500 characters.
If a project is granted funding, we will publish the description of the project on our website. The description is written by the applicant when drafting the application. We cannot edit project descriptions – it is the applicants themselves who are responsible for the content, clarity and style of the descriptions. The descriptions will remain accessible on our website for several years.
Finnish- or Swedish-speaking applicants write their descriptions in Finnish or Swedish. All applicants must also write a description in English to facilitate international peer review.