For applicants

The higher education institution coordinating the FIRST+ network submits a funding application to EDUFI on behalf of the whole network. As a rule, applications are received once a year, and the agreement period, or the period during which the activities for which funding has been granted must be implemented, is one year.

Who can participate?

In Finland, all higher education institutions may participate in the programme. In Russia, institutions across the whole country entitled to award Russian degrees are eligible to participate in the FIRST+ programme (accreditation).

The cooperation will take place across networks formed by the institutions. The FIRST+ network involves at least one higher education institution in Finland and one in Russia. In addition to the coordinating Finnish higher education institution, other Finnish institutions may also be involved in the network. FIRST+ is open to all fields of education.


The application period for 2017 has started and will end at 4.15 p.m. on 29 September 2017.

The following activities are eligible for grants:

  • Long-term student mobility (2–12 months) from Finland to Russia, including trainee exchanges
  • Short-term (5–59 days) student mobility from Finland to Russia
  • Teacher mobility, both outgoing and incoming
  • Intensive courses in Russia organised as a joint effort.

Student mobility is open to all degree levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level).

The activities for which funding has been granted must be implemented between 1 January 2018 and 31 August 2019 (the duration of the agreement period will exceptionally be 1.5 years).

While the programme budget will be circa EUR 1.2 million, some of the funding will be allocated conditionally. Decisions on conditional funding will be made in March 2018 as negotiations between EDUFI and the Ministry of Education and Culture have been concluded.

Applications should be submitted in the electronic system; there is no need to send hard copies.

The applications will be assessed and grant decisions will be made in autumn 2017. The main selection criterion will be project plan quality. In late 2018, an application round for additional funding will be organised for the networks.The initial plan is to organise the next round of applications in spring 2019, and subsequently once a year.

Application package:

Call for applications (pdf, en)
Online application (EDUFI/state aid system)

FIRST+ Statement (for Russian HEIs)

FIRST+ Statement, model form (pdf)
FIRST+ Statement, model form of the signature page (pdf)
Link to the FIRST+ Statement (webropol questionnaire)

Materials related to the application webinar (9.6.2017):

The new FIRST+ Programme for Finnish Russian HE Cooperation, Outi Jäppinen (pdf)
FIRST+ online application in the EDUFI's state aid system, Kiira Noponen (pdf)
Link to the webinar recordings