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 Finnish start-up company Valo Therapeutics and the Immuno Viro Therapy lab at the University of Helsinki are working to develop a 3D model that can predict the effects of immunotherapy in individual patients.
The science-based start-up IQM is working in close collaboration with Aalto University to improve the fundamental operations of quantum computers. If successful, this work will have potentially monumental impacts.
Scientists from the University of Oulu are working closely with Boliden Kokkola to produce new fundamental knowledge about metal sulfates, for which there is huge need both in research and industry.
The Finnish Research Impact Foundation was created by the Finnish Government on 7 March 2019 in response to the need to stimulate cooperation between academic research and industry. The Foundation’s mission is to support closer connections between leading-edge research and business and industry in Finland and to provide a platform for the development of Finnish know-how and renewal in the long term.
The role of the board of directors in running an organization is sometimes described by reference to the stages of company evolution. In a growth company, the board needs to have the ability to develop strategic roadmaps and make choices. In a more established business, the focus shifts to reinforcing the firm’s current market position and to following the board’s annual calendar. Sometimes the routines of the board’s daily work overshadow the need to question the organization’s current direction.
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.