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JYU succeeds excellently on the Academy of Finland’s PROFI funding round

The Academy of Finland has made the decisions on the latest round of PROFI funding, aimed at strengthening the research profiles of Finnish universities.The aim of the funding instrument is to support Finnish universities in further improving their research field portfolios and reinforcing the framework conditions for high-quality research.The total funding of 50 million euros was divided between twelve universities.

The University of Jyväskylä received 4 million euros to strengthen the profiles of three emerging research fields recognised in the University’s strategy. The funded fields are learning and teaching (especially process-oriented studying and digital learning environments), nanoscience (especially its biological dimensions) and health science. Strong multidisciplinarity is characteristic for all the funded fields. The Rector Keijo Hämäläinen will decide how the funding is divided between the three fields.

- JYU’s success in the funding round is a proof of the high international level of our research and good strategic choices. The received funding supports our strong and distinguished research fields but it also offers opportunities for renewal based on our strengths.  It was delightful that the panel also acknowledged the execution of our previous PROFI funding applications, which were part of the assessment criteria, the Rector states.

In terms of total funding for Finnish universities from four profiling rounds, JYU is the third with 18 million euros. A special theme in the application round was the division of work between Finnish universities and the strengthening of their mutual collaboration. A new element was the inclusion of open science in the development of research conditions in the proposed profiling area.

In their applications, Universities presented strategy-based profiling actions for one or more research fields, of which most were multidisciplinary. A panel of international experts reviewed the applications.The funding, granted for four years, varies between 400 000 euros and 14 million euros.The scaling of funding is based especially on the statement of the panel, the university’s commitment to the development of the profiling areas and the university’s intermediate reporting on the progress of profiling actions funded earlier.

The panel consisted of leading experts (rectors, vice rectors, etc.) from European universities with wide and versatile experience of university reforms in support of research. Four of the panel’s seven members had also participated in reviewing applications submitted in previous PROFI rounds.

Further information:

Director of Strategic Planning and Development Kari Pitkänen, tel. +358 503 641 010, kari.j.pitkanen@jyu.fi