The Finnish Research Impact Foundation has announced its decision to award a total of 2.1 million euros to support 10 cutting-edge research projects that are teaming up with corporate partners to tackle major challenges. Research topics range from the treatment of corneal blindness to the development of growth substrates that could serve as alternatives to…
The Tandem Industry Academia Professor funding programme allows experienced researchers to work on dedicated research projects in a corporate environment. Jari Hyväluoma from the Natural Resources Institute Finland and Saara Kankaanrinta from Soilfood explain how research collaboration benefits the partners involved in joint research projects as well as society at large.
The Finnish Research Impact Foundation is conducting a study on collaboration between human sciences and business in Finland. Our aim is to gain a better understanding of how and what kind of collaboration between companies and human science researchers takes place and how this collaboration could be supported and promoted.
Welcome to the TIA Professor 2023 call’s info webinar on Monday 4 September at 9:30–11:00. In the event you will learn more about the Finnish Research Impact Foundation’s funding scheme for professors and you will have an opportunity to ask questions about the application process.
The Finnish Research Impact Foundation’s Annual Report 2022 looks back at the events and highlights of our operations in the past year. The theme of the Annual Report is “What is research impact?”
The call for applications for Tandem Industry Academia Postdoc 2023 closed on 16 April and the Foundation received 80 applications. This is twice as many as last year. The funding decisions will be made public at the end of August 2023. The TIA funding model has been developed by FRIF with a view to encouraging ambitious research-driven projects between research organizations and companies that further the aims of both leading-edge academic research and business and industry.
Almost all new industry innovations grow out of frontline research. But how do researchers and academia benefit from their collaboration with industry partners? We asked some scientists and researchers how they had benefited from stepping outside the academic world.
The Tandem Industry Academia Postdoc 2023 funding call opened on 1.3.2023. In the information session held on the same day Petro Poutanen, CEO of the foundation, and Outi Vanharanta, Research impact officer, presented the principles of the funding model and details of the application process. A recording of the session is now available for viewing.
Tandem Industry Academia Postdoc (TIA Postdoc) call is open from 1 March to 16 April 2023. Read more about the call here and carefully read the guidelines before submitting your application. Do you have questions about the application process or the evaluation? Experts from the Finnish Research Impact Foundation will answer applicants’ questions in one-to-one…
The 4th round of the Finnish Research Impact Foundation’s Tandem Industry Academia Postdoc (TIA Postdoc) call will open in March 2023. The application period is from 1 March to 16 April. Applications must be submitted to the Foundation via the electronic grant system by 16 April at 23:59.
The Finnish Research Impact Foundation has announced the funding recipients under its pilot call for Tandem Industry Academia Professorships, which was opened in autumn 2022. The six professors have been awarded TIA funding for 12-month research periods with their chosen industry partners.
New Tandem Industry Academia (TIA) funding recipients met at a reception hosted by the Finnish Research Impact Foundation on 19 September 2022. The event included an interesting panel discussion about what lessons have been learned from industry-academia cooperation so far. There is no question that the world has become an increasingly complex place. One critical…
Outi Vanharanta, Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration, has been appointed into the newly created role of Research Impact Officer at the Finnish Research Impact Foundation, starting 1 September 2022. Key aspects of this role include the development of funding programme evaluations and new funding instruments.
Welcome to the TIA Professor call Info on Monday 12 September at 14:00–15:00 to learn more about the Finnish Research Impact Foundation’s new funding scheme and to ask questions about the application process.
The Finnish Research Impact Foundation has awarded 1.7 million euros to support eight new joint projects between academia and industry partners. The projects include research into cancer drugs; the development of bio-based materials; and studies of atmospheric nanoparticles.
The main findings of the report are presented by Minna Saunila, researcher at LUT University. Others who took part in the discussion were Katriina Juntunen, CEO of Kasvuryhmä; Joonas Mikkilä, Head of Digital and Educational Affairs at Suomen Yrittäjät (Federation of Finnish Enterprises); Tiina Lindh-Knuutila, solutions architect at Lingsoft Oy; and Tero Rantala, one of the authors of the report from LUT University.
The Finnish Research Impact Foundation is piloting a new funding scheme that will give professors the chance to spend one year doing joint research in a business and industry environment. The purpose of the scheme is to support research collaborations between industry and research organizations and to give the academic world first-hand knowledge about relevant areas of research interest for business companies.
Finnish SMEs are keen to make good use of science and research but do not see sufficiently robust benefits or relevant research subjects.
The Finnish Research Impact Foundation’s Annual Report 2021 looks back at the events and highlights of our operations in the past year.
FRIF is planning a new funding pilot and wants to learn about the needs and views of all stakeholder groups.
The call for applications for Tandem Industry Academia (TIA) 2022 closed on 31 March 2022 and the Foundation received 42 applications. The funding decisions will be made public at the end of August 2021.
There is demand for research-driven cooperation. We got in touch with people working on FRIF-funded projects to find out more about the conditions and challenges of industry-academia cooperation.
The Finnish Research Impact Foundation will be live on Zoom every Monday at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, from 7 through 21 March. The live sessions are dedicated to answering applicants’ questions regarding the TIA 2022 spring call.
Professor Keijo Hämäläinen, Rector of the University of Jyväskylä, has joined the Board of the Finnish Research Impact Foundation as of 1 January 2022. He has previously served as Chairman of Universities Finland UNIFI and is currently a board member of the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.
As 2021 is drawing to a close it’s a good time to briefly take stock of the past year and to look forward to what the future will bring. Read a message from the Foundation’s CEO Petro Poutanen on the developments over the past year and what is to be expected for the coming year.
The Board of the Finnish Research Impact Foundation decided at its meeting on 21 October 2021 to open the third Tandem Industry Academia funding call in spring 2022. The next, third round of calls in spring 2022 will be announced in the Foundation’s newsletter and through its social media channels.
Pooling resources and expertise is an effective route to achieving challenging goals, but the success of the project also depends on how well the two partners work together. Partners of the “Superior infrared sensors”, a project funded by the Finnish Research Impact Foundation, offer some useful pointers on how to make the most of collaborations.
Mr Antti Kurvinen, Finnish Minister of Science and Culture, attended the reception for the latest FRIF funding recipients and gave a speech which stressed the impacts of science and research in society: the scientific discoveries that are being made today will in time translate into better future technologies.
Research produces new knowledge and this knowledge produces new innovations and new resources that help produce new knowledge and solve problems in society. This was the key message of the speech delivered by Chairman of the FRIF Board, Mr Lauri Oksanen at the reception held for new FRIF funding recipients.
The Finnish Research Impact Foundation invests more than two million euros to support academia-industry collaboration in 11 joint projects. Research brings new insights, for instance, into machine learning in pharmaceuticals development and emissions from dairy production.
The Finnish Research Impact Foundation’s first Annual Report 2020 looks back at the events and highlights of our operations in the past year.
Read messages from the Chairman of the Board of Directors Lauri Oksanen and CEO Petro Poutanen.
The Annual Report also features interviews with Tandem Industry Academia projects’ partners!
The call for applications for Tandem Industry Academia (TIA) 2021 closed on 25 April 2021 and the Foundation received 80 applications. The TIA funding model has been developed by FRIF with a view to encouraging ambitious precompetitive projects that further the aims of both leading-edge academic research and business and industry.
A report commissioned by the Finnish Research Impact Foundation on the current state of business-academia cooperation in Finland attracted wide attention both in the news and social media.
The Finnish Research Impact Foundation will be live on Zoom every Tuesday at 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm, from 23 March through to 6 April. The live sessions are dedicated to answering applicants’ questions regarding the TIA 2021 spring call.
A report just out by VTT Finland and Tampere University highlights a worrying trend in the Finnish RDI field. Commissioned by the Finnish Research Impact Foundation FRIF, the report raises concerns about a slowdown in cooperation between academia and industry. Download report in FinnishFile format: pdfLanguage: FinnishSize: 1MBDownload report “Finland has been quite at the…
The Board of Directors of the Finnish Research Impact Foundation (FRIF) decided in its December 15, 2020 meeting to choose a team from the University of Helsinki to study and assess the effectiveness of the funding model of the Foundation. The study will be targeted at the two-year Tandem Industry Academia collaboration projects funded by the Foundation in the spring of 2020, each of which involved an industrial partner.
FRIF to announce new funding calls – Call for impact assessment proposals to open in autumn 2020 The Board of the Finnish Research Impact Foundation has decided to launch a new funding call for proposals on research impact assessment. In addition, the Board has decided to rerun in spring 2021 the Tandem Industry Academia call…
Niklas von Weymarn, the CEO of the Metsä Spring innovation company, and Ilkka Kilpeläinen, the professor of organic chemistry at the University of Helsinki, have been partners at work for more than a decade already. They share a passion for developing a new, ecologically sustainable, and economically effective way to make textile fibre from wood.…
Public research funding plays a significant part in the background of successful products and solutions. It may support and boost the birth of active cooperation between academia and business.
FRIF awards two million euros in funding to support joint industry-academia projects Under its first ever call for proposals, the Finnish Research Impact Foundation has awarded 2 million euros to fund research projects in which universities and research institutes join forces with business and industry. The Tandem Industry Academia call invited applications for leading-edge projects…
The Finnish Research Impact Foundation will publish its Tandem Industry Academy call’s funding decisions on 3 Aug 2020. All applicants will be informed of the Foundation’s decision by email. Funding decisions are based on peer-review carried out by both Finnish and international experts. The first funded projects can be launched in autumn 2020. The team…
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.