Finnish-Japanese joint call “Medical Genomics with special attention to Bioinformatics”

The Academy of Finland, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) promote Finnish-Japanese cooperation by launching successive joint calls in different combinations of ICT and Technology in Health and Medical Research. The aim is to support high-standard Finnish-Japanese R&D&I collaboration that will also promote the creation and strengthening networks between the two countries.

The second joint call is now launched on the thematic area of Medical genomics with special attention to bioinformatics.

The research may focus on e.g:

  • advanced methods in data analysisdevelopment of devices and technologies
  • biomedical IT
  • bioinformatics
  • biobanks
  • omics (e.g. identification of disease genes, etc.)
  • epigenomics
  • personalized medicine
  • cohort studies

The Finnish applications shall be sent either to the Academy of Finland or to Tekes. Tekes funding for public research is granted only to public research networked with companies (Elinkeinoelämän kanssa verkottunut tutkimus) -project type where latest research data is applied to solving general research problems in the industrial sector. The projects produce skills and results that lend themselves to immediate utilization as a starting point for the enterprises' own R&D&I projects. Project funding from third party exploiters should be > 10% / project. In addition to the public research funding Tekes also funds joint collaborative research and development projects of companies, which promote and facilitate Japan-Finland cooperation. Normal Tekes funding terms and conditions are applied in both cases.

The applications are reviewed in accordance with the Academy's, Tekes's and JST's own procedures. Collaborative research and development projects of companies are evaluated confidentially by Tekes according to normal Tekes procedures. Funding decisions will be coordinated together with the JST. Tekes will allocate maximum 1 million € / call. The application shall contain a joint project plan that shall include a clear description of the planned collaboration (distribution of work and methods of implementation) and the added value expected from the collaboration. The plan shall also include a joint budget and separate budgets for both partners

The Academy of Finland will inform of the call in their web pages and applicants can contact the Academy to get more information of the related procedures.

The deadline for all applications submitted to Tekes and the Academy of Finland is 25th September 2013 at 16.15. This deadline is non-negotiable (also company applications). Companies may contact to Tekes before submitting. Applications are drafted in the Tekes' or Academy's online services. Tekes: sähköinen hakemuspalvelu ("JST-collaboration" must be included in the covering note). The applications submitted to Tekes should fulfill normal Tekes requirements. Japanese partners submit their applications to the JST in accordance with JST guidelines.

More information

The Academy of Finland

Senior Science Adviser Aki Salo
(Health Research Unit)
aki.salo (at)
tel. +358 29 533 5104

Science Adviser Samuli Hemming
(Natural Sciences and Environment Research Unit)
samuli.hemming (at)
tel. +358 29 533 5024


Programme Manager Teppo Tuomikoski
teppo.tuomikoski (at)
tel. +358 2950 55749


Mr Yoshihide Kobayashi
sicpfi (at)
tel. +81 3 5214 7375


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