18 new Centres of Excellence in Finland

The Academy of Finland har selected 18 new national Centres of Excellence (CoE) for the period of 2008-2013. At least 21 million Euro have been earmarked for the top researchers for the coming years.
Competition for the funding was stiff, according to Dr Ritva Dammert, Director of the Programme Unit: "A total of 80 per cent of the applicants were rated with the highest possible total grade, which is 35 of the 44 applications. According to the international reviewers, 28 applications, almost two-thirds, are internationally among the top five per cent in their own field. To select the units to be funded among this group was an extremely challenging task," she says.

The main criteria for the applicants were scientific quality and innovative research planning. Other criteria included the research and action plan, the environment, the merits of the researchers and the success of their researcher training.

Today the programme finances 30 CoEs, devided into 16 groups for the period 2002-2007 and 23 groups for the period 2006-2011.

Read more at the Academy of Finland.