Academy searches new Centres of Excellence

The Academy of Finland is set to launch its third Centre of Excellence programme in 2006.

Researchers of the Developmental Biology team The national Centre of Excellence strategy is based upon the Finnish science policy objective of maintaining and raising the goals and quality standards of Finnish research and strengthening its international competitiveness.

In the new Centre of Excellence programme, special attention will be paid to new and challenging openings, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, systematic and long-term international research cooperation among research groups, and the promotion of young researchers' careers.

The Academy of Finland has selected 16 national Centres of Excellence in Research for 2002 - 2007. Twelve of these units are either located at the University of Helsinki, or the University is one of the partners. For 2000 - 2005 Academy nominated 26 centres of Excellence, eleven of which operate in the University of Helsinki.

The application process involves two stages. The plans of intent shall be filed with the Academy of Finland by 16 August 2004. Then, probably in September - October, the Academy's Board will draw up a shortlist of applicants who will be asked to submit more detailed plans and applications. More information is available on Academy of Finland’s website.

Learn more about Centres of Excellence at the University of Helsinki.

Text: Liisa Voutilainen
Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

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