The Finnish government has passed a set of research and innovation policy guidelines, which suggest increasing R&D funding by 2 per cent per year between 2015 and 2020.
The government’s research and innovation council, led by prime minister Alexander Stubb, has proposed six ways in which Finland’s research system can be developed to speed up innovation. The aim is to increase Finland’s international competitiveness and to increase economic growth. The ministry of education and culture published the document on 5 November.
The proposals include a “radical reform” of the higher education system, better use of research results to create impact, as well as better access to seed funding. There is also a need to increase cooperation between different organisations, the document suggested.