SUBMITTING A GRANT APPLICATION

General information

A grant application is submitted via the electronic grant system during the application period (June 1 – August 15) of the grant application round. The applicant must first sign up as a user of the system. The topic or field of the research as well as one of the following intended uses are to be selected:

  • Thesis
  • Postdoctoral research
  • Conference
  • Research visit or other trip in conjunction with academic studies
  • Organizing a conference or a seminar
  • Degree abroad
  • Preparation of teaching materials
  • Other intended use

Previously awarded grants or grant applications submitted to other funds but currently pending must be mentioned in the application. The application and its required attachments are submitted electronically only. The application system is closed at the end of the application period on August 15, 2019 at 24 p.m. (+ 3 UTC) and applications cannot be revised or sent after it closes.

Supervisor’s statement

It is important to get a statement from the supervising professor especially when applying for a grant for doctoral studies. The supervisor is required to submit a statement no later than August 22 in the electronic reference system. The statement may be in Finnish or in English.

Attachments to the application form

Please add in the numbered order attachments 1-3, or, depending on your application attachments 1-4. The attachments must be attached to the application in the numbered order so that adequate handling of the application can be ensured. The number of the attachment is limited to four (4).

  1. One-page (A4) project presentation*
  2. Research and funding plan (maximum length of 3–5 pages; 5–8 pages in case of three-year research group)
  3. CV(s) (the CVs of the person in charge and group members as a single file; a community or joint project/network: the CV of the person in charge of the project)
  4. depending on the application possibly one of the following:
    – a one-page intermediate report when applying for a continuation grant in a project previously supported by the Foundation for Economic Education
    – a notice of approval or an invitation by the organizer in charge for conferences and other trips if taking place already in 2019 (as of October 1)
    – a work certificate or educational diploma specifically worthy of mention with regard to the project (neither Master’s nor Doctoral degree certificates are to be submitted).

*A project presentation summarizes for the reader a description of the research object or topic, pursued results and their significance for one’s own research field, the benefits of the project for business (especially in Finland) and other societal relevance, and the project’s cost estimate and finance.

Processing of applications and grant decisions

The assessment of the applications by the scientific experts and by the regional committees of the Foundation for Economic Education is performed in stages during the autumn of the application year. The Foundation for Economic Education’s board decides on the grants in November on the basis of a motion drafted by the grant committee, after which a list of the grants is published on the Foundation’s website before the end of the month. A press release on the grants awarded will also be sent to the biggest regional newspapers. Recipients will be sent of approval. The Foundation for Economic Education does not justify individual grant decisions.

GRANT PERIOD LENGTHS

A personal grant may be applied for a period of 4, 6, 9 or 12 months of work at a time. In a research groups, the parts of work of members may be of a maximum duration of 36 months (three-year projects). Targeted grants for shorter periods may also be applied for in accordance with the instructions given in the application system. If a grant application is submitted for a project for which the Foundation for Economic Education has already awarded a grant during the previous round, an intermediate report of the project must be submitted as an attachment to the application. Apart from their work, doctoral and post doc researchers may apply for a grant for one conference or for one other study trip.

AMOUNTS OF GRANTS OPEN FOR APPLICATION

In the 2019 grant round of the Foundation for Economic Education, the grants for 12 months of full-day research work are:

  • Doctoral students: €21,000
  • Post doc researchers: €30,000
    Additionally, doctoral students and post doc researchers may apply for a grant for one conference or for one trip via a separate application.
  • A research group grant: €50,000 – 100,000 / year
    In case a research group applies for a three-year grant, the applied grant sum is €150,000 – 300,000. The application shall be submitted by the Principal Investigator. A research group grant can only be applied by researchers affiliated in one and the same organization.

Read more about the application criteria for a three-year-project and from Mela‘s guidelines for the group leader.  

The amounts of grants for research work include the costs incurred in grant work. The amount of the grant to be awarded is subject to the contents of the research plan, to the length of the eventual leave of absence or study leave and to other plans of financing submitted by the applicant. If the applicant is a partnership of two or more organizations, the collaborative project must include personal working with the applied grant. The research plan must specify the amount that the applicant finds reasonable, and the amount awarded may be smaller than the one applied for. The grants for research include the statutory Myel pension insurance fee.

Read more on the characteristics of a good application: How to make a good application for the Foundation for Economic Education? (in Finnish language)

The Blog

It is important to inform a wider audience too on what is accomplished with the grants awarded by the Foundation for Economic Education. A researcher shall, upon request, write about his/her project in the blog of the Foundation for Economic Education. The blog adds to the awareness and to the visibility of the project in the wide network of business and economics. The writers are asked to provide a short presentation of themselves and of their research as well as their photograph with their first blog entry. Appropriate illustrations may be included in the blog at other times too by sending them with a text.

 

Contact address and additional information: apurahat(at)lsr.fi