The Foundation for Economic Education has on Nov. 23 awarded 317 grants for research in business and economics, in total 4,441,100 euros. Grants cover 22.4% of the applied 19.82 million euros. About half of the grants are for personal dissertation or postdoctoral research. Conference trips, research visits, and conference organizing are also strongly featured in the grants after the ease of restrictions caused by the corona pandemic.
The amount distributed includes a total of 1.11 million euros in grants to 14 research groups for 1–3 year projects. The groups conduct research in, e.g. data strategy in business operations, connections between work well-being and productivity in the management of remote and hybrid work, inclusivity in consuming and producing games, innovation models of growth companies, and value chains of circular economy stakeholders.
The grants are mainly divided into the Fund’s five focus areas: Future sustainable environment (EUR 1.06 million), Business renewal (EUR 0.90 million) Data economy (EUR 0.75 million), Entrepreneurship, scaling and growth (EUR 0.71 million) and Leadership competence (EUR 0.56 million).
The assets of the Foundation for Economic education special funds covered 26.0% (EUR 1.15 million) of the grants. A total of ca. 200,000 euros were allocated to 22 projects in the pooled funds: Global trade, Leadership and business management and Forestry, bio and circular economy.
In accordance with its rules, the Foundation for Economic Education supports higher economic research and education, at the university level. The aim is especially to promote Finland’s economic growth and the competitiveness of its businesses.