The Academy of Finland provides funding for the acquisition, establishment or strengthening of nationally significant research infrastructures that promote scientific research. We have a separate targeted call through which we provide funding to infrastructures where Finland is a member. That funding is intended to cover the coordination costs relating to the Finnish nodes of the infrastructures.
The aim of our research infrastructure funding scheme is to upgrade the quality and improve the renewal, competitiveness and interdisciplinary approach of Finnish research. The funding is granted for establishing or upgrading of nationally important research infrastructures that promote high-quality scientific research. Applications for research infrastructure funding are assessed by international review panels.
Research infrastructures refer to a reserve of instruments, equipment, information networks, databases, materials and services enabling research at various stages. Research infrastructures may be based at a single location (single-sited), scattered across several sites (distributed), or provided via a virtual platform (virtual). They can also form mutually complementary wholes and networks. Europe hosts several large-scale research infrastructures that are open to collaborative use across national boundaries.
- Merja Särkioja, Senior Science Adviser, tel. +358 29 5335 111, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
- Ulla Ellmén, Science Adviser, tel. +358 29 533 5011, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
- Helen Gästrin, Project Officer, tel. +358 29 533 5149, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
- Ritva Helle, Project Officer, tel. +358 29 533 5023, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi
The Finnish Research Infrastructure Committee (FIRI Committee) at the Academy of Finland monitors and develops Finnish and international research infrastructure activity, provides funding to infrastructure projects and monitors funded projects. The Committee also takes care of other infrastructure tasks as assigned to it by the Academy Board.
- Chair: Vice President for Research Riitta Maijala (Academy of Finland)
- Vice Chair: Counsellor for Science Affairs Erja Heikkinen (Ministry of Education, Science and Culture)
- Director General Juhani Eskola, National Institute for Health and Welfare
- Rector Mikko Hupa, Åbo Akademi University
- Rector Keijo Hämäläinen, University of Jyväskylä
- Director General Lea Kauppi, Finnish Environment Institute
- Ministerial Adviser Pirjo Kutinlahti, Ministry of Employment and the Economy
- Rector Liisa Laakso, University of Tampere
- Rector Markku Lahtinen, Arene, Tampere Polytechnic
- Executive Director Teija Lahti-Nuuttila, Business Finland
- Professor Reko Leino, Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering
- Rector Jukka Mönkkönen, University of Eastern Finland
- Senior Advisor Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
- Professor Mika Rämet, Research Council for Health
- Professor Hannu Savolainen, Research Council for Culture and Society
- Permanent Secretary Päivi Sillanaukee, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
- Professor Lea Sistonen, Research Council for Biosciences and Environment.
Counsellor of Education Petteri Kauppinen from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture is a permanent expert on the Committee.
- Finland’s Strategy and Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2014–2020 (2014 version, PDF)
- Finland's Strategy and Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2014–2020 (2018 version,PDF)
Finland’s research infrastructure ecosystem includes major national research infrastructures, partnerships of Finnish actors in European infrastructure projects (ESFRI), international research infrastructures that Finland has joined through state agreements or other agreements, and local infrastructures denoted as significant by their host research organisations. Finland’s Strategy and Roadmap for Research Infrastructures steers the development of all parts of this ecosystem.
The databank of Finnish research infrastructures provides information for researchers, research infrastructure service providers and funders. The service promotes sharing and openness by describing and showcasing research infrastructures and their services in a unified manner.
This is a list of international infrastructures where Finland is a member.
- BBMRI (Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure) – ESFRI
- CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research)
- CESSDA (Council Of European Social Science Data Archives) – ESFRI
- CLARIN (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure) – ESFRI
- EATRIS (European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine) – ESFRI
- EFDA-JET (Joint European Torus)
- EISCAT (3D) (European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association) – ESFRI
- ELIXIR (European Life-Sciences Infrastructure for Biological Information) – ESFRI
- EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory)
- ESA (European Space Agency)
- ESO (European Southern Observatory); E-ELT (European Extremely Large Telescope)
- ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility)
- ESS (European Social Survey) – ESFRI
- FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research)
- GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility)
- ICDP (International Continental Scientific Drilling Programme)
- ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System) – ESFRI
- Infrafrontier (European Research Infrastructure for Phenotyping and Archiving of Model Mammalian Genomes) – ESFRI
- IODP (Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme)
- ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor)
- JHR MTR (Jules Horowitz Materials Testing Reactor) – ESFRI
- MAX IV Laboratory for Synchrotron Radiation Research
- Mittag-Leffler Institute
- NEIC (Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration)
- NOT (Nordic Optical Telescope Scientific Association)
At the initiative of the European Commission, EU Member States have established a strategic forum with a view to discussing issues on common research infrastructure, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). ESFRI is composed of representatives of national ministries who together seek to promote European research infrastructure policy. A key part of this cooperation focuses on how to efficiently use and develop present infrastructures and how to plan and construct new ones.
ESFRI projects typically require either major investments at the construction phase or long-term financial commitments. ESFRI has also compiled a roadmap for key infrastructures of the future. Most of the European research infrastructures are financed and used nationally.
- Publication of interim evaluation of Finland's roadmap 2014–2020 and FIRI 2018 call info, 16 March 2018; follow the live stream here.
- Publication of interim evaluation of Finland's research infrastructure strategy, 3 May 2018