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Parliamentary RDI working group requests comments on R&D funding plan and invites stakeholders to discuss the plan on 18 January

Government Communications Department
Publication date 11.1.2023 10.34 | Published in English on 11.1.2023 at 11.41
Press release

The Parliamentary Working Group on Research, Development and Innovation has prepared a draft for a multi-annual plan on the use of R&D funding and is now inviting stakeholders to comment on its content. The request for comments concerns the different aspects of the plan with regard to the Finnish RDI system and key development needs for RDI funding. Stakeholders are also invited to discuss the plan at an event on 18 January.

A new act on the financing of research and development, which entered into force at the beginning of 2023, lays down provisions that will significantly increase investments in the central government’s R&D activities. The parliamentary RDI working group appointed by the Government has prepared a draft for a long-term plan on the use of R&D funding. The plan identifies key areas for development in the Finnish RDI system and assesses the state research and development funding and how it is targeted. Stakeholders have the opportunity to give feedback on the content, which will be used in finalising the plan. Stakeholders are requested to submit their comments on the draft using the service by 22 January.

A stakeholder event on the long-term plan for R&D funding will be held at the House of the Estates on 18 January. Working group chair Matias Mäkynen will open the discussion at the event.

Other speakers will include University of Vaasa Rector Minna Martikainen from the Council of Rectors of Finnish Universities UNIFI, Director-General of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare Markku Tervahauta from the Consortium of State Research Institutions Tulanet, Rector and President of Turku University of Applied Sciences Vesa Taatila from the Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Polytechnics Arene, Director of the Confederation of Finnish Industries Riikka Heikinheimo, Director of Branch Groups and Associations at Technology Industries of Finland Saara Hassinen, Director of R&D and Engineering at Wärtsilä Corporation Juha Kytölä, Economist Petri Malinen from the Federation of Finnish Enterprises, CEO of the Finnish Startup Community Riikka Pakarinen, Executive Director of the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers Johanna Moisio, Vice-Chair of Young Academy Finland Samuli Junttila and Researcher Paavo Järvensivu from the BIOS Research Unit.

The event will be held in a hybrid format and is open to everyone. Participants will have the opportunity to comment on the topics of discussion. Follow and take part in the discussion on social media using the hashtag #RDIfunding.

Inquiries: Matias Mäkynen, Member of Parliament and Chair of the working group, tel. +358 9 432 3059 and Antti Pelkonen, Science Specialist and Secretary-General of the working group, Prime Minister’s Office, tel. +358 295 160 533

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