Academy of Finland is supporting and strengthening strategic profiling of Finnish universities by providing competitive funding for plans targeted to improve conditions for high-quality, high-impact research. University of Helsinki managed to secure 10.5 M€ from the second profiling call (PROFI2) in 2016. In addition, university is allocating a significant amount of core-funding into the selected profiling areas (estimate 40 M€ in 2017).
The grand theme for this call in University of Helsinki was "Human Mind in Changing World". This theme consists of five focus areas, which are:
- Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanites (HELDIG)
- Learning in the Digital World (LEAD)
- Global Law (GLAW)
- Interdisciplinary Russian Studies (INTERRUS)
- Behavioural Life Science (BLS)
These focus areas have several interconnections and developing them together offers significant synergy benefits for all of them. Digitalization is a leading issue cutting cross all the areas.