Research in Finland
Finland invests in knowledge-based competence and aims to increase the overall standard of
education. The Government Programme stresses the role of research as the foundation of knowledge
and know-how, which in turn promote sustainable economic growth and immaterial as well as material
In 2011, research and development expenditure represented 3.73% of the gross domestic product, which puts Finland among the top in the European Union and the OECD. Of the total Finnish R&D expenditure of about 7.2 billion euros, the private sector investments constitute 69%, universities 21% and research institutes almost 10%.
Government to fund R&D activity with EUR 2 billion in 2013
In the 2013 Government Budget, the total funding of research and development goes up to EUR 2,002 million. The Budget appropriations and outlays for research and development fall EUR 53 million short of the previous year.
According to Statistics Finland, government R&D expenditure as a proportion of overall
government spending exclusive of debt servicing is estimated to be 3.8 per cent.
Finland for researchers
Finland is an affordable piece of paradise, says Emmy Verschuren, an originally Dutch researcher working now in her FIMM group in Helsinki. She gave a video testimonial about the research environments and working possibilities in Finland in the “Destination Europe” -event in San Francisco in December 2012.
Information for foreign researchers planning to come to Finland provides also the portal EURAXESS Finland.Read more
R&D expenditure grew moderately in Finland
Finland´s research and development expenditure exceeded EUR 7 billion in 2011. Growth from the previous year amounted to EUR 192 million.
According to Statistics Finland, in 2012 expenditure is estimated to fall by EUR 70 million,
putting its GPD share at no more than 3.6 per cent.
Work to update Finland’s national roadmap for research infrastructures underway
The Finnish Research Infrastructure Committee has started its work to update the national roadmap for research infrastructures. The aim is to compile information on projects that should be maintained or included in the new national roadmap for research infrastructures.
Finland’s national RI roadmap will be updated in 2013 at the latest, and the national expert group for research infrastructures in Finland will assess the urgency and priority level of projects included in the roadmap.Read more
Science policy in Finland
Finance and administration
In science, technology and innovation policy, the Government outlines the principles and drafts legislation, whereas the Ministries plan and implement the policy. At the Ministry of Education and Culture, science policy is the responsibility of the Department for Higher Education and Science Policy.The Academy of Finland is a key funding agency in the Ministry of Education and Culture’s administrative branch. The Academy of Finland provides competed funding for all disciplines. > Finance and adminstration