Call 2023

The first SAFER2028 call for 2023 will open on 12.8. and end on 7.10. Proposals must be submitted before 14:00.

Materials and instructions for the call will appear on this page when the call opens.

Different project types

The research programme can have different type of projects in terms of duration, number of participating organisations and objectives:

  • Research projects applying for funding annually (duration 1 to 3 years)
  • Excellence projects with funding granted for the entire duration of the project (duration 2 to 3 years)
  • Doctoral education projects with funding granted for the entire duration of the project (see Doctoral Education Network) (duration 1 to 4 years)
  • Complementary education projects for further training of experts (duration 1 to 3 years)
  • Projects for improving nuclear energy research infrastructure in Finland. (duration 1 to 3 years)

In addition, Management Group (MG) can start small studies outside of the call.

Procedure for selecting the proposals

The selection criteria for research project proposals are:

  • Project’s ability to develop expertise
  • Significance to nuclear safety
  • Usability for end users
  • Scientific level of the proposal
  • Novelty of the methods and new approaches
  • Use of experimental facilities
  • National and international collaboration and networking

Criteria for DENSE projects are:

  • Scientific level of the proposal
  • Relevance of project proposal for scientific goals of SAFER2028 programme (in the long term)
  • Recommendation letter from a supervising professor
  • Recommendation letter from a stakeholder organisation if applicable (industry, regulator)
  • International network connections
  • Overall participation of the host organisation in the wider SAFER2028 research programme
  • Complementary funding/in-kind funding already promised from other sources
  • Diversity of topics and disciplines within the Doctoral Education Network

The selection procedure for the research projects will be described in detail in the Operational Management Handbook.

The MG will give their funding recommendations annually after the call in December and the State Nuclear Fund VYR will make their official funding decisions by the end of March of the next year.


Framework Plan

Please see instructions for further information.