NSF Graduate Research Fellows, Graduate Research Opportunity Worldwide (GROW)
Networking and teamwork between companies, universities and research institutes – both domestically and internationally – are some of the key characteristics of the Finnish innovation ecosystem, thus making Finland an excellent environment also for NSF Graduate Research Fellows to further their careers.
GROW builds on a program NSF has sponsored for several years with the Nordic countries (the Nordic Research Opportunity (NRO) program).
The Academy of Finland offers NSF Graduate Research Fellows contacts with projects run by the Academy of Finland's Centres of Excellence and Academy Professors. Further details about these can be found at the Academy of Finland website.
Also other top-research groups in Finland have expressed their interest in the possibility of hosting NSF Graduate Research Fellows in their teams for periods of 3 to 12 months. The research groups listed under this website are examples of such research groups and interested Fellows are encouraged to contact these research groups directly to start discussing the details of their possible research visits.
Finnish research groups outside of this list may also be able to host NSF Graduate Research Fellows depending on alignment of research interests and availability of appropriate funding.
How to proceed?
After contacting a proposed Finnish host institution and preliminarily agreeing with the contact person on the details of the stay in Finland, the NSF Graduate Research Fellow should obtain a letter of invitation, including a tentative plan for the stay in Finland and a CV of the responsible professor/researcher at the host institution.
Instructions, the overall procedure and schedule for submitting proposals for research stays in Finland can be found on the NSF website Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW)
The Finnish host institutions cover the Fellow's living costs as well as the costs related to the research to be conducted in Finland. The funding needed for this will be part of the host institution's research project grant and is therefore subject to availability.
The Academy of Finland has launched a supplementary grant that can be applied for by Finnish Centres of Excellence and Academy Professors to cover the GRFs’ living costs and accommodation in Finland.
As for possible IPR questions arising from the planned research stay, the parties should follow the guidelines defined in the Agreement Relating to Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Finland.
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The Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) - video / NSF: The NSF Director discusses a new international research opportunity for Graduate Research Fellows