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University of Eastern Finland successful in Strategic Research Council’s latest call

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The University of Eastern Finland secured a total of 3.9 million euros of research funding for five consortia in the latest call of the Strategic Research Council (SRC) within the Academy of Finland. Funding was granted to two consortia led by the University of Eastern Finland, as well as to three partner projects in other consortia. The funding granted by the SRC amounts to a total of 34 million euros within two programmes: Information Literacy and Evidence Informed Decision-Making (LITERACY), and Climate Change and Humans (CLIMATE).

Led by University Lecturer Eila Kankaanpää, the consortium Reliable Knowledge for Health Care: Process and Practice of Shared Decision Making (PROSHADE) was granted funding from the LITERACY programme. The project aims to produce information for shared decision-making and develop its practices, information literacy and patient involvement in health care. The funding secured by Eila Kankaanpää amounts to 1,337,155 euros. The project has the University of Tampere and the University of Oulu, as well as the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim as partners.

Led by Professor Kati Kulovesi, the consortium Leaving No One Lost in Transition: Citizens and the Legitimacy of Finland’s Transition to a Carbon Neutral Welfare State (2035Legitimacy) was granted funding from the CLIMATE programme. The project explores the societal and legitimacy implications of Finland’s goal to become carbon neutral. The funding secured by Kati Kulovesi amounts to 1,243,087 euros. The project has the University of Helsinki, the University of Jyväskylä, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the Finnish Environment Institute and VATT Institute for Economic Research as partners.

The following University of Eastern Finland researchers are partners in the consortia mentioned below:

Professor Sari Havu-Nuutinen secured 499,483 euros of funding within the Fostering Finnish Science Capital (FINSCI) consortium. Led by University Lecturer Johanna Kaakkinen at the University of Turku, the project creates novel paradigms and policy guidelines for science learning and education, in addition to establishing scalable practices for improving science equity. The consortium also has the University of Helsinki, Heureka and Skope as partners. Funding for the consortium was granted from the LITERACY programme.

University Lecturer Marja Alastalo secured 484,180 euros of funding within the Data Literacy for Responsible Decision-Making (DATALIT) consortium, which develops understandable and trustworthy practices for utilising Finnish health, social, and welfare data. The consortium is led by Petri Ylikoski at the University of Helsinki, and it also has Aalto University as a partner. Funding for the consortium was granted from the LITERACY programme.

Professor Timo Lanki secured 339,670 euros of funding within the Nudging for Climate: Using Behavioural Sciences for Steering Communities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fortify Carbon Sinks (CLIMATE-NUDGE) consortium, which delivers human-centric, scalable, cost-effective, health-promoting and ethically sustainable nudging alternatives that complement traditional steering actions to mitigate climate change. The consortium is led by Professor Paula Salo at the University of Turku, and it also has the National Institute for Health and Welfare, Pellervo Economic Research PTT, the Finnish Environment Institute and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health as partners. Funding for the consortium was granted from the CLIMATE programme.

More detailed descriptions of the consortia can be found online:







For further information, please contact:

University Lecturer Eila Kankaanpää, tel. +358 40 355 2672, eila.kankaanpaa(at)

Professor Kati Kulovesi, tel. +358 50 442 2729, kati.kulovesi(at)

Professor Sari Havu-Nuutinen, tel. +358 50 442 2356, sari.havu-nuutinen(at)

University Lecturer Marja Alastalo, tel. +358 50 363 7832, marja.alastalo(at)

Professor Timo Lanki, tel. +358 50 470 4928, timo.lanki(at)


Academy of Finland press release

All funded projects

Climate change and humans (CLIMATE)

Information literacy and evidence-informed decision-making (LITERACY)