The Research Council of Finland (in its former Englisch name Academy of Finland) is an expert organisation in science and research. It funds high-quality scientific research, provide expertise in science and science policy and strengthen the position of science and research. It is a government agency within the administrative branch of the Finnish Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.
- grant funding in open competitive calls for scientific research and researcher training and improve framework conditions for research,
- provide expertise to Finnish and international collaborative networks,
- collect and analyse data on science and scientific research,
- assume other science policy expert roles.
At organisation level, the Research Council of Finland consists of three research councils (the Scientific Council for Biosciences, Health and the Environment (former name Research Council for Biosciences, Health and the Environment); the Scientific Council for Social Sciences and Humanities (former name Research Council for Culture and Society); the Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering (former name Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering), the Finnish Research Infrastructure Committee, the Strategic Research Council and the Administration Office.