The Academy of Finland has given out grants to support the development of stronger research profiles in Finnish universities. The new Tampere University received six million euros of funding in response to a joint proposal submitted by the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology.
The Academy of Finland’s PROFI call, now implemented for the fourth time, supports the development of research activities in strategically selected areas in Finnish universities and the continued pursuit of excellence in research. While the special theme of the PROFI call was the same as last year, namely to support the division of responsibilities and collaboration between Finnish universities, the call now placed increasing emphasis on open science in supporting the pursuit of excellence in selected profile areas.
The new Tampere University applied for funding for the development of three multidisciplinary research platforms: the Intelligent Society Platform (INSO), the Urban Platform for the Circular Economy (UPCE) and the Tampere ImmunoExcellence (TIE) – Vaccine and Immunomodulation Platform. Funding was especially sought to offer starting packages to tenure track professors and launch a fellowship programme for visiting professors and scholars.
The Intelligent Society Platform (INSO) explores opportunities for the sustainable and responsible renewal of organisations and societal institutions in the context of rapidly developing technology as well as the risks and benefits of data-driven and intelligent technologies for society.
The Urban Platform for the Circular Economy (UPCE) combines diverse expertise from the areas of technology, policy, governance, and business and innovation management to develop circular economy solutions for urban environments.
The Tampere ImmunoExcellence (TIE) - Vaccines and Immunomodulation Platform connects internationally recognized clinical vaccine studies with immunological basic research and seeks to establish a strong vaccine development centre capable of translating innovations from basic research to preclinical studies and clinical phases.
All submissions were reviewed by an international panel of experts. The proposal sent out by the universities in Tampere was considered very good, and the planned collaboration and division of responsibilities between the universities was described as feasible, significant and concrete.
“It is excellent news for the new Tampere University to receive a substantial grant that support its profiling activities right from start. Multidisciplinary research and development platforms that combine different disciplines lie at the core of the new high education community’s strategy. They bring together high-level science and applied research and promote their translation into practical applications,” says Mari Walls, who has been appointed as President of the new Tampere University to be launched on 1 January 2019.
Vice Rector Seppo Parkkila, University of Tampere, tel. +358 40 190 1825,
Vice President Jarmo Takala, Tampere University of Technology, tel. +358 40 541 6897,
Academy of Finland media release: Academy of Finland announces decisions on funding to support research profiling at Finnish universities
Text: Katja Ayres
Photo: Jonne Renvall