The National Committees network consists of 36 committees in 2023. The Council of Finnish Academies allocates state subsidies to National Committees for international collaboration and grants the status of a scientific National Committee. The Committees can be both cooperation bodies founded for international cooperation or work as a part of a science association.
The National Committees offer an official mandate to act as the voice of Finnish research in international science organisations. This creates an opportunity to influence the standards, research, and teaching practices as well as science policies on an international level.
The National Committee network offers its members a chance to act as a part of a multi-discipline network of researchers as well as functions of Finnish Academies. The status of a National Committee offers a chance to apply for a grant for operating in international science organisations, provided by the Council of Finnish Academies. The grant is for operating in international science organisations. The Council of Finnish Academies covers the membership fee of the science organisations which the committees work with.