Current research funding opportunities and application training

Academy of Finland April Call

The Academy of Finland has published April 2017 call (English, Finnish) with the deadline on 26.04.2017. The following funding is available:

  • Research post as Academy Professor – letters of intent. Up to 15 new posts may be funded. The updated structure for the letter of intent is available here.
  • Radiation Detectors for Health, Safety and Security (RADDESS) – letters of intent
  • Health from Science (TERVA) – letters of intent
  • ICT 2023: Topics: Industrial Internet; Computation, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence; User-Centred Health Technology and Digital Health Services. The programme memorandum contains more details – to be published by 01.04. (English, Finnish).
  • Funding to NSF Graduate Fellows for research in Finland: mobility grant for US researchers working on their doctoral thesis for research spells in Finland.



Nordic University Cooperation: Nordic University Hubs, deadline 03.05.2017.
Aim: “A Nordic University Hub is a long-term partnership between Nordic universities, universities of applied sciences and university colleges that forms a consortium which will provide a framework for expanding cooperation in the Nordic region. The overall objective of the new funding instrument is to strengthen international competitiveness and facilitate the development of world-leading Nordic research environments.” (from call text)
Eligibility requirement: consortia consisting of universities of at least three Nordic countries (FI, SE, NO, DK, IS).
Consortium funding 2-10 MNOK per year for 2018-2020 and 1-5- MNOK per year for 2021-2023.
Eligible costs: mobility, guest researchers (travel costs + salaries), seminars, conferences, courses, summer schools, communication, dissemination, other cooperation promotion including personnel cost necessary for implementation of the hub.
Funding is 33% only, but universities own co-funding may include in-kind contribution (salaries, rent of offices, labs, infrastructure etc. necessary for implementation of the hub).

EU Horizon 2020 Programme

  • ICT call, deadline 25.04.2017, multiple topics, consortium required.
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE), deadline 05.04.2017. Eligibility requirement: consortium with at least three countries. If all partners are universities, a non-EU country participant is required. Recruiting is not possible, only secondments are funded, up to 540 person-months per consortium; flat-rate funding 4500 € per person-month.
  • ERC Advanced grant, deadline 31.8.2017 (call to be opened later). Up to 2.5 M€ for 5 years for established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. No consortium – single PI proposal. More information in Inside.
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Individual Fellowships, deadline 14.9.2017 (call opens April 11, advance information here)
  • Funding for researchers with doctoral degree or 4 years’ research experience after MSc to conduct research in Europe (European Fellowships) or outside Europe with a compulsory returning period (Global fellowships)
  • Mobility requirements apply: the general rule for Standard European Fellowships (SEF) and Global Fellowships (GF) is that the researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary (SEF)/the host in the outgoing phase (GF) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline.
  • Influencing H2020 research topics
    • You can now give comments on the next Work Programme (2018-2020) regarding Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges theme “Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies”. Deadline for comments is 20.3. National Contact Point Helena Vänskä (Academy of Finland, has asked to send the comments in the form of concrete additions to the draft written in English. Please send your comments also to me (
    • Work programmes are the documents that describe the contents of the funding calls of Horizon 2020. You can find information on influencing research topics in H2020 also in Inside.


  • Post Docs in Companies (PoDoCo) for young doctors, deadline 13.4.2017, information event in Aalto 14.3.2017
  • Future Makers Funding Program 2017 (joint call by Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation and Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation), deadline 18.4.2017 (1st stage call for ideas)


  • Major funding instruments for research projects – for doctoral students and post-docs. Time: 14.03.2017 at 9.15 – 11.15; Venue: TUAS-building, lecture hall TU1, Maarintie 8. Registration is over, but you can still attend. Programme in Inside.
  • Seminar for doctoral students: Personal Grants. Time: 21.3.2017 at 9.15 – 11.15; Venue: TUAS-building, lecture hall TU1, Maarintie 8. Registration (by 17.03.) and programme in Inside.
  • IPR, Contracts, Dissemination and Commercialisation. Time: 29.03.2017 at 9.15 – 11.15; Venue: lecture hall NOKIA (U135a), Otakaari 1. Registration (by 17.03.) and programme in Inside.
  • Grant Writing seminar. Time: 10.05.2017 at 9.00 – 16.00; Venue: Design Factory, Betonimiehenkuja 5 C, Otaniemi. Target audience: All Aalto researchers and professors. Programme includes lectures on proposals’ parts, experience from evaluators and proposal preparation workshops. Registration (by 03.05.) and programme in Inside.
  • ERC Advanced Grant training. Time: 30.05.2017, at 10:00-16:00; Venue: Room H304 Hallituksen istuntosali, Otakaari 1. Programme includes call description, proposal development lectures, and individual sessions with Beacon Tech Ltd. consultants (to be booked in advance, limited number of sessions). Registration (by 15.05.) and programme in Inside.
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships training. Time: May 31, 2017, at 09:00-12:45; Venue: Room U358, Otakaari 1. Registration (by 24.05.) and programme in Inside.

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