Research Excellence - Tampere University of Technology

Research Excellence

TUT maintains close ties with leading universities and institutions in Finland and abroad. Successful partnerships between research groups are based on projects of mutual interest. Our researchers are actively involved in internationally funded projects. A total of 78 FP7 and 12 Horizon 2020 projects are underway at the University in 2015. The strength of our international network is also evidenced by the steady increase in publishing output.

In Finland, our key partners are the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University, Lappeenranta University of Technology and the University of Tampere. The Institute of Biosciences and Medical Technology BioMediTech, a joint institute between TUT and the University of Tampere, opened its doors in autumn 2011 and brings together a powerful mix of multidisciplinary expertise in life sciences and medical technology. TUT’s Optoelectronics Research Centre is coordinating a nationwide Photonics Finland  project that was launched in 2011. It aims to bring together domestic stakeholders in the field and establish a Finnish photonics cluster with a strong international presence.

Finnish Centres of Excellence in Research

Three research groups at TUT hold Centre of Excellence status granted by the Academy of Finland. 

  • Centre of Excellence in Body-on-Chip (2018-2025), coordinated by TUT prof. Minna Kellomäki
  • Centre of Excellence in Inverse Problems Research (2018-2025), coordinated by University of Helsinki, TUT’s contact person Mikko Kaasalainen 
  • Centre of Excellence in Biomembrane Research (2014-2019), coordinated by University of Helsinki, TUT’s contact person Ilpo Vattulainen


European Research council funding (ERC)


ERC funding is awarded to leading researchers for pioneering work at the frontiers of science. Scientific excellence is the sole criterion on the basis of which ERC frontier research grants are awarded.

Funding awards are categorised according to professional stage: Starting Grants are for top researchers with 2 to 7 years experience after PhD, Consolidator Grants for those with 7–12 years experience after PhD, and Advance Grants supports established researchers known as leaders in their respective field of research.

  • Tuomas Virtanen, Computational Analysis of Everyday Soundscapes (ERC-2014-STG) and Pre-Commercialisation of Sound Recognition for Surveillance Applications (ERC-2016-PoC)
  • Arri Priimägi,Tunable Photonic Structures via Photomechanical Actuation (ERC-2015-STG) and Optical sensing of relative humidity using photoswitchable molecules (ERC-2017-PoC)
  • Mircea Guina, Advanced III-V Materials and Processes Enabling Ultrahigh-efficiency ( 50%) Photovoltaics (ERC-2015-AdG)
  • Humeyra Caglayan, QUAntum nanophotonics in Rolled-Up Metamaterials (ERC-2018-STG)
  • Billy Brumley, Side-Channel Aware Engineering (ERC-2018-STG)


The FiDiPro programme bring world-class expertise to Finland

The Finland Distinguished Professor Programme FiDiPro (linkki: is a funding scheme established by the Academy of Finland and the Finnish Funding Agency of Technology and Innovation Tekes. It offers Finnish universities and research institutes the opportunity to employ distinguished professor-level scientists from around the world for a fixed term.

Examples of TUT’s FiDiPro professors:

  • Ian F. Akyildiz, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Gaetano Assanto, University of Rome, Italy
  • Paul Berger, Ohio State University, USA
  • Shuvra S. Bhattacharyya, University of Maryland, USA
  • Holland Cheng, University of California, USA
  • Pavel Jungwirth, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
  • Jiri Matas, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
  • Serge R. Mordon, French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, INSERM
  • Manos M. Tentzeris,Georgia Institute of Technology, USA


FiDiPro fellows:

  • Amit Das, Leibniz- Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V., Germany
  • Leonodas Ntziachristos, Aristotele University of Thessaloniki, Greece


Marie Curie networks

Three ITN projects that are coordinated by TUT are currently in progress at the University. Initial Training Networks (ITN) provide training and research experience to early-stage researchers.


In addition, TUT is engaged as a partner in the following projects:


For more information on Marie Curie Actions, please go to:

Updated by: Anu Juslin, 29.08.2018 15:08.
Keywords: science and research, about tut