University of Helsinki researchers submit approximately one thousand research funding applications to the Academy of Finland every year. In 2013 the Academy granted 116 million euros, or 35% of all its funding, to the University.
The most prestigious funding instrument of the Academy of Finland is centre of excellence funding. A centre of excellence is a research community at the top of its field which reinvents research, develops creative research environments and trains new talented researchers for the Finnish academic and business sectors. Such units are expected to produce scientific breakthroughs.
Other important forms of funding include Academy professorships and the Finland Distinguished Professor Programme (FiDiPro).
Academy professors and FiDiPro professors
The Academy professor funding granted by the Academy of Finland is intended to provide a scholar at the international top of his or her field with the opportunity to focus on full-time scientific research.
The Academy professor is expected to significantly further research and to develop a creative research environment. The duties of the Academy professor also include supervision of theses and dissertations in the professor's field as well as teaching related to his or her research. More than twenty Academy professors are currently working at the University of Helsinki. A list of Academy professors is available on the Academy of Finland website.
The Finland Distinguished Professor Programme (FiDiPro) is a funding programme launched jointly by the Academy of Finland and the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes) that seeks to recruit international top researchers or Finnish researchers based abroad to Finland for a fixed term. The University of Helsinki hosts approximately ten such FiDiPro professors at a time. A list of the professors is available on the website of the FiDiPro programme.