Funding brief: The Academy Programme for Development Research is intended to provide funding for multidisciplinary, phenomenon-driven and problem-based research that is concerned with issues of global development, that benefits developing countries’ economic, social and ecological development, and that puts to good use Finnish knowledge and expertise. Its purpose is to work towards achieving the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals as adopted by UN Member States.
The aims of the Academy Programme for Development Research are to:
● Produce new research-based knowledge on issues of global development, the causes and mechanisms of poverty and inequality in developing countries, and to find ways to remove obstacles to development and to improve conditions for development
● Strengthen and renew high-quality phenomenon-driven and problem-based development research in Finland in the long term
● Support cooperation and research between universities and research institutes in Finland and in developing countries
● Strengthen the research capacity of universities and research institutes in developing countries
● Meet the objectives of Finnish development policy and the Agenda 2030 Sustainable
Development Goals: to end poverty and to reduce inequality in the world
● Disseminate new research-based knowledge for more informed decision-making and implementation, to make research-based knowledge more readily available among stakeholders and the general public, and to support improved application of research-based knowledge
● Bring together scattered strategic research capacities in Finland
● Promote interdisciplinary cooperation in the field of development research
● Advance the international networking of Finnish development research.
Themes: The programme has three main research themes:
● Economic development in developing countries (jobs, livelihoods)
● Creating a better-functioning society (welfare, health, education, human rights)
● Food security, biodiversity, environmental health and natural resources.
Eligible research projects are to address one or more of these research themes. Furthermore, it is required that the projects support the achievement of the Agenda 2030 goals and support the management of changes that will benefit poor people and promote equality primarily in least developed and fragile countries. In their research plans, applicants are required to identify which Agenda 2030 goals their project addresses and what impacts their project will have in developing countries.
Donor Name: The Finnish Ministry of Education, Science and Culture-The Academy of Finland
Funding name: Academy Programme for Development Research
Deadline: 16th, Oct, 2017 at 16.15 local Finnish time.
Funding limit: Individual research teams may apply for a maximum of 600,000 euros for four years. Consortia will receive a total of no more than 1 million euros per consortium for four years.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: Projects will be awarded with funding for four years, starting on 1 February 2018.
Project duration: As above
Eligible organization: As below
● The funding can be applied for by both individual research teams and consortia composed of two or several research teams.
● If you want to apply for research funding from the Academy of Finland (the term we use for applicants is ‘principal investigator’), you must be a researcher with a doctoral degree or a researcher at the professor or docent level. In some of our funding opportunities, the applicant is a university or research institute. Any other possible types of applicants (such as in the case of mobility grants based on bilateral agreements) will be specified separately for each funding opportunity concerned.
● They allocate funding based on peer review to the best researchers and research teams and to the most talented early-career researchers to support them in carrying out scientifically ambitious projects. In principle, the projects we fund must benefit Finnish research and society and international collaboration.
● Funding is paid to and via a site of research (usually a university or research institute) based in Finland. As an applicant, you must have a close connection with Finland to support the implementation of a multi-year project. You must describe this connection in the application. Academy funding can be granted to foreign sites only in exceptional cases, such as in the case of international research infrastructure projects. Academy-funded researchers may however spend time working abroad during their funding period.
Successful applicants will have been engaged in successful scientific publication and
● Collaboration since gaining their doctoral degree.
● The applicant is a researcher with 3–9 years of experience since PhD completion (degree certificate issued 27 Sep 2008–30 Sep 2014), or up to 13 years, provided that they have since completed medical specialist training.
● Applicants who have completed their doctoral degree more than nine years ago can be considered only for special reasons (maternity, paternity, parental or childcare leave, military service or nonmilitary service, or long-term illness). If you plead these special reasons, justify them in the application under Personal data/CV > Degrees > Additional information. If the reasons are strictly confidential, please contact the presenting official (see Contacts).
● Appendix 2 B of the September 2017 call text shows the previous success rates of applications for funding for research posts as Academy Research Fellow by research council.
● Mobility since PhD completion is required. The ‘mobility requirement’ is met if you apply for funding for a research post to a research environment other than the one in which you worked while completing your doctoral thesis.
● If you are applying for funding to the same research environment, you will be required to provide proof that you have worked abroad or somewhere else in Finland for at least six months after completing your PhD. For more detailed guidelines on the mobility requirement, please see Appendix 7 of the September 2017 call text.
Eligible Country: Funding is paid to and via a site of research (usually a university or research institute) based in Finland. As an applicant, you must have a close connection with Finland to support the implementation of a multi-year project. You must describe this connection in the application. Academy funding can be granted to foreign sites only in exceptional cases, such as in the case of international research infrastructure projects. Academy-funded researchers may however spend time working abroad during their funding period.
Submission mail: Not found
Other important link:
● Apply: http://www.aka.fi/en/funding/how-to-apply/online-services/
● Guideline: http://www.aka.fi/en/funding/how-to-apply/application-guidelines/general-guidelines/
● September Call 2017: http://www.aka.fi/globalassets/10rahoitus/hakuilmoitukset/hakuilmoitus_syyskuu_2017_en.pdf
How to apply:
● Interested applicant may apply through the website (http://www.aka.fi/en/funding/how-to-apply/online-services/ ).
● Draft the application in the Academy’s online services. Select Open calls > Academy Programme for Development Research.
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