17 May 2019   |   Network Updates   |   Update from University of Eastern Finland
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UEF secures significant funding to strengthen research

The Academy of Finland has granted 4 million euros of funding to the University of Eastern Finland, intended for the strengthening of the university’s research profile. This was the fifth time the Academy of Finland granted profiling funding to Finnish universities. The university succeeded well in the call. The university’s choice of strategic research areas was also considered successful by an international panel of evaluators.

With the funding, the university seeks to enhance the quality and impact of its research. The funding will be used to strengthen research in areas of great importance to the university, addressing, among other things, socio-cultural reborderings in Europe, climate change, human health and new therapeutic treatments for cardiovascular diseases and metabolic disorders. The funding spans five years and it will primarily be used for the recruitment of new researchers.

“The profiling funding makes it possible for the university to develop its research strategically and on its own terms,” Rector Jukka Mönkkönen says.

The funding applications submitted by universities were assessed by an international panel of evaluators. The panel regarded the research areas selected by UEF as successful choices. Research in these fields is highly timely and relevant in today’s societies, and they are also strongly networked with other universities and research institutes in Finland and abroad. In the panel’s view, the university’s research approach is very refreshing and innovative and, at least for some areas, quite unique.

The objective of the Academy of Finland’s profiling funding is to support and speed up the strategic profiling of Finnish universities in order to improve their capacity for enhancing research quality.

For further information, please contact:
Rector Jukka Mönkkönen, tel. +358 29 445 8001

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