LUT receives 3.8 million to strengthen its research profile

The Academy of Finland has awarded Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) 3.8 million to strengthen its research profile. With this funding, the Academy of Finland supports the development of research fields selected from the university's strategy and the improvement of the university's capacity for high-level research.  

The Academy invited applications for funding for strategic profiling for the third time. Based on these applications, the Academy awarded funding in the total amount of 50 million euros. LUT's 3.8 million is nearly eight per cent of this.

"LUT's share is significantly greater than the university's size would lead to anticipate, which is a tribute to the quality and impact of our research," says Jari Hämäläinen, Vice Rector, Research.

The Academy of Finland annually grants funding to support the strengthening of universities' international research profiles. The Academy now awarded this funding for the third time.   

The funding decision gives LUT a score of 5/6 for the implementation of its strategic profile and for collaboration with other universities. LUT also received praise for focusing clearly on its strengths, which include especially energy and sustainability, clear strategic targets, and pursuing the status of an entrepreneurial university. The panel especially highlighted LUT's positive development in international publications.

Vice Rector Hämäläinen considers the funding to be a clear recognition of LUT's high-level research.

"The panel's statement explicitly indicates that we are on the right path. Our research is of a high quality and its focus is plain to see. Our recent investments and the changes we have made to our practices have yielded positive growth in everything from tenure track professorships to external investments in our university. Each and every euro is welcome in these competitive times."

The evaluation panel consisted of rectors and vice rectors and their equivalents from European universities.

In their applications, universities introduced profiling measures for one or more of their strategic research fields. Based on their strategies, the universities also drew up concrete plans to improve their capacity for high-quality research and making an impact.

Further information:

Jari Hämäläinen, Vice Rector, Research, +358 40 596 1999, jari.hamalainen@lut.fi