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 2012, research and development expenditure represented 3.6 % of the gross domestic product (GPD) and that of public research funding was around 1 %.
Finland’s strategy and roadmap for research infrastructures 2014–2020
The Finnish Research Infrastructure Committee (FIRI Committee), a body appointed by the Academy of Finland, has published Finland’s first national research infrastructure strategy as well as an updated infrastructure roadmap.
The roadmap is a plan for key research infrastructures in Finland that are either under development or that will be newly required over the next 10–15 years. Research infrastructures form a reserve of research facilities, equipment, materials and services. As such, they are essential instruments for research.Read more
Finnish Science Barometer 2013: Finns have high trust in science
Resolution on comprehensive reform of research institutes and research funding
The Government has approved resolution on comprehensive reform of research institutes and research funding. The resolution specifies three packages of measures for the reform of research institutes and research funding and identifies the ministry responsible in each case.
These three sets of measures comprise structural reforms, research funding reforms, and the implementation and follow-up of the reforms. The overall reform will be implemented in 2014–2 017.Read more
Broader role proposed for successful Academy of Finland
The evaluation recommends that the Academy’s role should be extended into strategic research funding and it should play a more active role in science policy in Finland. Press release 3.9.
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.
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