The Academy of Finland’s mission is to fund high-quality scientific research, provide expertise in science and science policy, and strengthen the position of science and research. It is an agency within the administrative branch of the Finnish Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. The Academy of Finland promotes scientific research and the application of its results. It develops international scientific cooperation, acts as an expert in science policy and grants funding for scientific research and other promotion of science.
The Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for developing education, science, cultural, sport and youth policies as well as international cooperation in these fields. The mandate covers education, training and research amongst others. The aim of science policy in Finland is to support diversity and diversification of higher education institutions and to enhance the impact of higher education, research and societal outreach; strengthen collaboration; further develop national research infrastructure policies; increase international collaboration.
The Ministry of Employment and the Economy (MEE) is mainly responsible for the operating environment underpinning entrepreneurship and innovation activities, securing the functioning of the labour market and workers’ employability, as well as for regional development.
The Council is responsible for the strategic development and coordination of Finnish science and technology policy as well as of the national innovation system as a whole. The key tasks of the Research and Innovation Council are: to direct S&T policy and make it nationally compatible and to prepare relevant plans and proposals for the Council of State; to deal with the overall development of scientific research and education, to prepare relevant plans and reviews for the Council of State, and to follow up on the development and the need of research in various fields.
Sitra is a public fund aimed at building a successful Finland for tomorrow. It is forward thinking and anticipates social change and its effect on people. Activities promote new operating models and stimulate business that aims at sustainable well-being. Sitra analyses and assesses the forces of social change and their impacts on Finland. As an independent operator, Sitra carries out practical experiments, compiles cross-boundary networks and develops and finances business operations.
Tekes promotes the development of industry and services by means of technology, innovations and growth funding. Tekes works with the top innovative companies and research units in Finland. Research, development and innovation funding is targeted to projects that create the greatest benefits for the economy and society in the long-term. Tekes does not derive financial profit from its activities, nor claim intellectual proprietary rights. Tekes is part of the Team Finland network.
VTT produces research services that enhance the international competitiveness of companies, society and other customers at the most important stages of their innovation process. It promotes the realisation of innovative solutions and new businesses by foreseeing in the strategic research stage the future needs of its customers. VTT's main tasks are research and development, and the transfer and testing of technologies. In its operations, VTT follows and develops national policies on technology, industry and energy. VTT as a whole is a not-for-profit organisation.