November 10, 2015

Finnish universities receive top EU research funding

Aalto University has been awarded some 14 million euros in Horizon 2020 Programme grants.
Aalto University has been awarded some 14 million euros in Horizon 2020 Programme grants.
Aalto University / Mikko Raskinen

Aalto University and the University of Helsinki are among 50 universities to have received the most EU Framework Programme funding.

The EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme grants comprise a mixture of consortia and ERC grants, which are bestowed upon top researchers in order to facilitate scientific breakthroughs.

Aalto University has been awarded some 14 million euros in such grants in just under 12 months, up until mid-2015. This is the first time that the university has made the top 50 recipients list.

“The result clearly demonstrates that the research work carried out at Aalto is of a high standard and internationally competitive,” states Aalto University’s provost Ilkka Niemelä. “It also proves that we have a good chance of further expanding our funding base, for example, in the area of international research funding.”

Altogether 10 European countries are represented among the top universities on the Horizon 2020 list. These include 16 universities from the UK, eight from the Netherlands and six from Germany.

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