New Centres of Excellence selected

The Academy of Finland accepted seven new Centres of Excellence.

The Academy of Finland accepted seven new Centres of Excellence The Academy of Finland has selected 23 research units for the national Centre of Excellence programme for 2006–2011.

Seven of these are new Centres of Excellence, while the other sixteen have previously been included in the programme.

143 research plans were submitted to the first application round for the current, third, Centre of Excellence programme. The views of the experts evaluating the plans were quite positive.

“Selecting the Centres of Excellence was a tougher job than in the previous two programmes,” says Ritva Dammert, Development Manager of the Academy of Finland.

The Centres of Excellence are research units or graduate schools formed by one or more top-class research groups and they receive funding from the Academy of Finland.

“Investing in Finnish research has paid off, as it is today more multidisciplinary, internationally visible and networked that ever,” says Anneli Pauli, Vice President for Research, Academy of Finland.

The list of the 2006–2001 Centres of Excellence is available from the Academy of Finland website.

Text: Simo Salmela
Photo: Veikko Somerpuro
14.6.2005
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Translation: Valtasana Oy

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