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Tampere University receives €8.2 million for research profiling

Published on 13.1.2023
Tampere University
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Tampere University was granted €8.2 million in the PROFI 7 funding call. The Academy of Finland granted a total of €100 million to universities to reinforce their research profiles while the universities had applied for €175 million. Funding was granted to nine universities.

“We applied for €19 million and got €8.2 million. We will now adapt our budget accordingly,” says Vice President for Research Tapio Visakorpi.

The funded period will run from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2028. The different research areas now begin updating their plans and budgets.

Tampere University’s application for research profile funding was based on four projects, which are:
•    Century-Long Lives: individual, structural, and cultural adaptation to longevity
•    Sustainable Security Practices
•    Biomimetic (in vitro) methods for sustainable biomedical and toxicology research
•    System-on-Chip and Wireless Technology for Intelligent Machines

The aim is to advance strategic profiling

The aim of the funding is to accelerate the strategic profiling of Finnish universities and support the improvement of the quality of research across the university landscape based on international peer review.

One of the typical profiling measures for which funding was applied for was the recruitment of researchers. For universities, recruitment is a way to strengthen the research environment by, for example, bringing in new expertise and increasing and diversifying domestic and international networks.

According to the panel that reviewed the PROFI applications, successful recruitment often plays a crucial role in advancing a university’s action plan.

Sustainable development and resilience in focus

In the PROFI applications, universities applied for funding in accordance with the policy lines set out in their strategies. The priorities of the policies are often thematic and multidisciplinary research areas that combine several disciplines.

Sustainable development and resilience were highlighted in the themes of the applications. The topics concerned, for example, security, health, nature and materials.

The funding decisions were made by the Academy’s General Subcommittee. The applications were assessed by an international panel of experts whose members consisted of heads of European universities.

Funding granted to universities in the PROFI 7 funding call.

Academy of Finland’s media release 13 January 2023
Photograph: Jonne Renvall