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 2018-19 networks has ended. The next FIRST+ application round is foreseen to be opened during Autumn 2018. Deadline for the new application period is estimated to be in January/February 2019 (preliminary agreement period: 1.6.2019-31.8.2020).

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).

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

The main selection criterion is the quality of the project plan.

Application package 2017:

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