The Finnish Research Impact Foundation works to strengthen public-private partnerships and to promote the impact of research.
The Finnish Research Impact Foundation’s first-ever call for funding applications was announced in an online networking event on 13 March 2020. Addressing a predominantly remote audience because of the coronavirus pandemic, Chairman of the Board Mr Lauri Oksanen described the foundation’s main aim and role, i.e. to achieve greater impact from research excellence.
The Finnish Research Impact Foundation’s first call for funding under the heading Tandem Industry Academia invited applications for two-year research projects in which a postdoc researcher is hired to work for one year in an academic organization and for one year in a business company. The aim of the call is to fit together the needs of academia and industry and to enhance the impact of research via business and industry.
What is the Foundation about?
Enhance the interaction between industrial and academic stakeholder
The Finnish Research Impact Foundation was created by the Finnish government in 2019 with a view to strengthening public-private partnerships and enhancing the interaction between industrial and academic stakeholders.
Funding for public-private partnership research projects
Ideally, research and industry will work closely in mutually beneficial joint projects where research helps businesses to develop new products and services for the future. At the same time, the joint effort towards novel solutions will generate new research questions.
Reinvigorate Finnish industry through world-class research and economy
Ultimately the Foundation’s aim is to reinvigorate Finnish industry through world-class research. At the same time, these efforts will contribute to a stronger platform for Finland’s renewal and regeneration and the development of Finnish know-how.