THE 2021 GRANT APPLICATION ROUND

The Foundation for Economic Education grants for research in business and economics are open for application from 1 June to 15 August, 2021

For more than a hundred years, the Foundation for Economic Education has contributed to the development of Finnish society by supporting business research and education by grants. Future orientation is strongly present in our grant activity. The fund builds pathways for scientific research and education also to serve practical business.

Grants can be applied for by individuals, research and working groups, and organizations. Three-year grants may be awarded from the research group applications.

FOCUS AREAS

The grant focus areas of the Foundation for Economic Education reflect the change in the current operating environment. The focus areas are interlinked and their cross-cutting theme is the future orientation of research and education, with an emphasis on responsibility and the promotion of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Researchers are encouraged to carry out pioneering research and to compile and acquire new materials and databases, with the aim of integrating research into innovation ecosystems.

The 2021 grant focus areas, as confirmed by the Foundation for Economic Education delegation are:

  • Business renewal
  • Data economy
  • Entrepreneurship, scaling and growth
  • Future-sustainable environment
  • Leadership competence

See more information on the focus areas.

Depending on the field of research or the topic, the application may be addressed to a special fund. Complementing the grant round 2021 focus areas, these include special pooled funds: Forestry, Bio and Circular Economy, and Global Trade.

See more information on the application criteria and guidelines for the grant round.

PERIOD OF USE OF GRANTS

Grants are mainly awarded for projects to be realized in 2022. Individuals, groups and organizations can apply for grant periods of 4 to 12 months. In specific, a research group application is for a 36 months grant period from 1 Jan, 2022 to 31 Dec, 2024. Conference trips and study visits can start as early as 1 October, 2021.

WHO MAY APPLY FOR A GRANT AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE?

Grants from the Foundation for Economic Education are, for the most part, working grants for PhD research and postdoctoral research. In addition, targeted grants are awarded for a conference trip, study visit or other study trip, conference organization or other designated purpose. Applications can be submitted by individuals, research and working groups, and domestic organizations. The grant applicant must be affiliated with a Finnish university or educational institution. The applicant’s educational background may be from a non-business research background, and represent new interdisciplinary perspectives. A person who has completed a polytechnic master’s degree (Yamk) can apply for a grant for a dissertation research. If the applicant is a joint project / network of two or more organizations, the application must include a person working on the applied grant.

The focus area is an optional application criterion. In accordance with the rules of the special funds, the round will also process applications from specific target groups. The fulfillment of the objectives set by the donors and the effectiveness of the grants will be enhanced by the pooled funds opened for the round. The foreign applicant must show a clear connection to a Finnish university, research cooperation with the Finnish academic community or particularly good reasons for how the research can benefit Finnish business.

Grants are not awarded to finance Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or Master’s degrees, e.g. Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration, nor MBA degrees. Exchange programme studies included in Master’s degrees are not eligible for grants, nor are single course trips, excursions or practical training trips. This limitation does not necessarily apply to projects by groups or organizations. Exceptional funding for the latter as projects by groups or entities may be considered based on the quality of the project plans.

Grants will be published in November-December, 2021 on the Fund’s website and will be notified to recipients by email.

Carefully familiarize yourself with the grant focus areas, the grant application guidelines (open 1 June at the latest), and the application forms in the grant system (1.6.─15.8.2021).