1. HEI ICI - international development cooperation programme for higher education

The Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument (HEI ICI) supports cooperation projects between higher education institutions in Finland and the developing world that are designed to enhance HE provision in these countries. The projects are designed to offer support to the HE institutions as they develop their subject-specific, methodological, educational and administrative capacity.

Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs provides funding for the programme through its development cooperation funds.

Support for education in developing countries helps to promote skills development, establish a well-functioning, efficient and equal society, encourage entrepreneurship, drive sustainable development and reduce poverty.

The HEI ICI programme is thus in line with Finland’s foreign development policy objectives, however, the projects are all designed to reflect each individual country’s specific development aims and they must be based on the needs identified by the HEIs themselves.

More information at the Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) website.

2. BEAM - Business with Impact

The aim of Tekes and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' joint programme BEAM – Business with Impact, is to generate new, sustainable business in developing countries. BEAM assists Finnish enterprises and other actors in using innovations to address global development challenges, by converting such innovations into successful and sustainable business in both Finland and developing countries.

The programme occasionally launches calls for research proposals for innovations meeting the needs of developing countries and providing Finnish companies with new business opportunities in the growing markets of such countries. The innovations in question can involve technology, service, business or social innovations, for example.

The programme is not restricted to particular sectors and the target countries can be any of the developing countries listed as eligible for official development assistance by the OECD/DAC (Development Assistance Committee), except China.

More information at the TEKES website.

3. Academy of Finland

The Academy of Finland funds cutting-edge and innovative research aiming at significant scientific breakthroughs. Funding is based on open competition and independent peer review.

The Academy of Finland and the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs fund problem-oriented and multidisciplinary development research, that is, research on developing countries.  In development research, the problems to be studied may derive from the local as well as the global level, or from a search for and analysis of the connections between development phenomena at different levels.

The Academy website tells you all you need to know about what funding opportunities they offer, how to apply for funding and how to report on the use of funds received. Main calls are open in April and September.

4. Support services by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs

In addition to their programs that are cooperated with the Academy of Finland, the Foreign Ministry grants support to international research institutes and projects such as the Nordic Africa Institute and the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM).

Moreover, the Ministry grants support to some research institutions and programmes under multilateral organisations, such as the World Bank's Knowledge for Change Programme (KCP)  and UNU -Wider.

Development research is also supported as a part of Finland's country and regional programmes.

See all services and financial support that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs offers at their website.