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Title: Progress Report for EuroCRIS: Identifying Principal Investigators for CRIS

Progress Report for EuroCRIS Identifying
Principal Investigators for CRIS
  • 12.11.2009
  • Aija Kaitera
  • University of Helsinki, Rectors Office

University of Helsinki in a nutshell
  • Established in Turku 1640
  • Bilingual (Finnish and Swedish), tuition also
    provided in English
  • 11 faculties
  • 35,200 degree students, 45,000 continuing
    education and Open University students
  • 3,800 researchers and teachers
  • 193 mEUR Research funding (total funding 562
  • 7,000 Scientific publications

New University Act
Universities are separated from the State Budget
and direct State steering. Choice either to be
corporations subject to public (UH) law or
foundation subject to private law.
Aleksanteri Institute Open University Institute
of Biotechnology Helsinki Institute of Physics
(HIP) Helsinki Centre of Economic Research
(HECER) Laboratory Animal Centre Helsinki
Collegium for Advanced Studies IPR University
Center National Library of Finland Language
Centre Palmenia Centre for Continuing
Education Finnish Museum of Natural
History Neuroscience Centre Undergraduate
Library Ruralia Institute Institute for Molecular
Medicine Finland (FIMM) Helsinki Institute for
Information Technology (HIIT)
Theology Law Medicine Arts Science Pharmacy Biosci
ences Behavioural Sciences Social
Sciences Agriculture and Forestry Veterinary
CRIS development at the University of Helsinki
Why do we need to identify Principal
  • Show full volume of research
  • Identify full affiliated research staff
  • Current research environments and networks do not
    fully conform with departmental and faculty
  • The person responsible for a research proposal
    and its practical implementation may not be
    employed by the university

Principal Investigators in strategic planning and
research management
  • Will improve the creation of a research profile
    at the unit, network and University levels,
  • Will promote both the setting of research
    objectives and operations management,
  • Will empower the persons designated as principal
    investigators and clarify their role at the
    University regardless of their source of funding
  • Will enhance the conditions for communications
    and research administration.

A principal investigator at the University of
Helsinki is typically a person who
  • Steers and leads research independently
  • Has completed an applicable doctoral degree and
    is qualified as an independent researcher
  • Has access to the necessary resources
    (facilities, funding, equipment) for independent
  • Supervises doctoral students and/or mentors
    post-doctoral researchers as well as (in
    applicable research fields) leads a research
    group, and
  • Is placed on the third or fourth level in the
    hierarchy of research positions. (1 Graduate
    Student, 2 Post-graduate Student, 3 Senior
    Scientist, 4 Professor)
  • NOTE
  • The principal investigator need not be employed
    by the University of Helsinki.
  • In relevant fields of research, the principal
    investigator can also be an independent
    researcher without a research group.

Identification process
  • First round based on Rectors decision 5/2009
  • All Faculties identify Principal Investigators by
  • Rectors preliminary definition can be modified
    by Faculty/Department
  • Re-evaluation every four years
  • Onwards
  • Status applied through CRIS
  • Application by a wanna-be-Principal Investigator,
    can have multiple departments
  • Approved by one department director
  • Re-evaluation every four years

Rights and obligations of a principal investigator
  • Recognised status and a high profile in the
    academic community.
  • Responsibility to design research projects, to
    achieve project objectives and to promote the
    application of research results.
  • Responsibility to fulfill administrative and
    financial obligations.
  • Teaching related to the research work for 5 of
    the annual workload without separate compensation
    (PI on UH salary paid from research grant)
  • Participation in the management of collective
    University affairs (for example, review
    applications for University research funding)

Research Information System TUHAT
Units, Networks Research Groups
Principal Investigators Affiliated Researchers
Publications Other output
Projects Funding
Thank you!
HELDA University of Helsinki
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  • Articles 721
  • Special collections 1009
  • Books and serial publications 185
  • Conferences and seminars 34
  • Theses 4679
  • Study materials 436
  • Research resources 2692
  • Partner sub-repositories 4360

Principal Investigators and Research Units
UH Organisation
UH Other Organisation
External Organisation
Projects e.g. CoE
Faculty Independent Institute
Graduate Schools
Affiliated Institutes, e.g. THL, VTT,
HUS (researcher also publishes for UH)
Principal Investigator (Research Group)