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Government decides on themes for strategic research in 2022

Government Communications Department
Publication date 23.9.2021 14.10 | Published in English on 23.9.2021 at 14.20
Press release 536/2021
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In its plenary session on Thursday 23 September, the Government decided on the thematic areas and priorities for strategic research in 2022. The thematic areas are: Children and young people – flourishing future actors and Security and trust in an era of algorithms. The Government also adopted equity as the cross-cutting priority of both themes for 2022.

The Government made its decision on the key thematic areas and priorities for strategic research based on a proposal from the Strategic Research Council. In 2022, the proposed authorisation for strategic research amounts to EUR 55.631 million. The Strategic Research Council will announce the launch of the call for funding at a later date.

Strategic research refers to high quality, long-term and problem-oriented research that contributes to the making of social policy and the development of society’s functions and aims to find 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.

Inquiries: Timo Lankinen, Permanent State Under-Secretary, tel. +358 295 160 300, Prime Minister’s Office and Joonas Rahkola, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister, tel. +358 295 16 001