The success of the University of Helsinki among international universities is largely due to the cutting-edge research within the natural sciences. The research groups of the Faculty of Science have been successful in applications for external funding, such as Academy of Finland academy professorships and Centre of Excellence funding, as well as ERC funding from the European Union. These forms of research funding are very competitive and the standard of the science high. The strong increase in external funding has added to the width and depth of scientific research at the University of Helsinki.

The departments of the faculty are part of six Centres of Excellence funded by Academy of Finland. Three academy professors appointed by the Academy of Finland work at the faculty, and three foreign FiDiPro professors. Currently nine of the researchers at the faculty’s departments receive competitive funding from ERC.