Finnish Government decided during its plenary session on Thursday 10 October on the thematic areas and priorities for strategic research in 2020.
The thematic areas are: Dealing with Climate Change, the Human Perspective and Information Literacy and Evidence Informed Decision-Making. The Government also adopted Inclusive Co-Creation as the cross-cutting priority of the 2020 themes, informed the Government Communications Department.
The Government has decided on the key thematic areas and priorities for strategic research, based on a proposal of the Strategic Research Council. The total budget for studies to be conducted by means of this research funding instrument is 55.6 million euros.
The Strategic Research Council will announce later on when the funding calls will be launched.
High scientific quality
Strategic research means long-term and problem-oriented research of high scientific quality that contributes to social policy-making and development of society’s activities and aims at finding solutions to the major challenges and problems facing Finnish society.
Matters decided by the Strategic Research Council include the research programmes, organisation of funding calls and selection of research projects, and it is also responsible for monitoring and impact assessments. The projects to be funded are selected based on a review of their societal relevance, impact and scientific quality.