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Call for applications 15 October – 15 November 2020: Assessing the effectiveness of the new funding model
The Finnish Research Impact Foundation is announcing a new call for proposals for the assessment of the impact and effectiveness of the FRIF Tandem Industry Academia funding programme. The research team selected to undertake the assessment will intensively examine FRIF-funded research projects with a view to better understanding the processes, dynamics of cooperation, and effectiveness of public-private partnership projects. At the same time, the team shall assess the FRIF funding model from the vantage point of the projects funded.
The ultimate indicator of the effectiveness of the Finnish Research Impact Foundation and its work is the impact of the research it supports, especially in relation to industry-academia cooperation. It is important to monitor and evaluate activities aimed at generating impact so that funding models can be developed for maximum effectiveness.
It can take a long time for impacts to emerge and become apparent. FRIF is looking to launch a project that will study the processes and challenges of cooperation and collaboration brought about through its research funding and on this basis to generate data that will help to evaluate and develop the Foundation’s existing funding model. A further objective is to provide an informed assessment of the future impact of FRIF-funded projects.
The research project funded under this call is scheduled to run for around two and a half years from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2023. It will selectively monitor the lifespan of joint research projects funded by the Foundation and produce predictive data about outcomes that are expected to materialize later.
The overall project budget (including possible overheads) shall not exceed 250,000 euros divided over a period of three calendar years, so that the research team can monitor the projects in focus throughout their lifespan.
Background on FRIF’s mission and funding
The mission of the Finnish Research Impact Foundation, as set out in its rules, is to “support universities’ and research institutes’ research flagships and to strengthen public-private partnerships in research excellence. In pursuing this mission the Foundation’s aim is to strengthen the links of higher education and research with business and industry and so to establish a stronger platform for Finnish know-how and renewal in the long term”.
Further information on Tandem Industry Academia funding, joint research projects, and the aims of the Finnish Research Impact Foundation can be found here. The Foundation’s assessment of the various dimensions of expected impact can be found here.
Guidelines for application – Call open 15 October – 15 November 2020
Who can apply for funding?
Applications can be submitted by the Principal Investigator (PI) representing a Finnish university or research institute. The PI shall complete the application form. The research will be conducted by a team of researchers. The information concerning the applicant has been clarified on the 23th of October 2020.
What outcomes are expected of projects?
The research project shall selectively monitor the lifespan of FRIF-funded Tandem Industry Academia projects and produce predictive data about expected outcomes that are expected to materialize later.
For what period is funding provided?
The research project funded under this call is scheduled to run for around two and a half years from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2023.
What costs are covered and who gets the funding?
The overall project budget (including possible overheads) shall not exceed 250,000 euros divided over a period of three calendar years. The grant shall be paid in three annual instalments to the organization serving as the funding recipient.
What information is required in the application?
The application is completed and submitted through the FRIF online application system. It requests basic information about the applicant (university or research institute), the Principal Investigator (PI) and other research team members. The PI and other research team members are required to attach their CVs. In addition, the application shall include the project budget, a brief description of the project, and the consent of the research site. Furthermore, a research plan shall be attached to the application. Applications shall be written in English.
The research plan (max. 10 pages including references, in PDF file format) shall include the following items in the order listed below:
- Title of proposal
- Objectives and ambition
- Concept and methodology
- Implementation: project work plan with deliverables and milestones
- List of participants and their relevant merits
- Project budget
- Ethics and security
- Publication of the results
When will applicants be informed of decisions?
Applicants will be informed of the funding decision on Wednesday 16 December 2020.
When will the project start up?
The project will start between 15 Jan 2021 and 28 Feb 2021.