Special fund applications

Application round June 1 – August 15, 2022

In the special fund application call, it is possible for the applicant to target his/her application for a special fund. Special funds are funds from which grants are allocated to areas of research and education or groups of applicants that meet criteria set by donors. The pooled funds thematically bring together several donors’ purposes, and they correspond with the selected JEL categories on the application form.

In the grant round 2022 (1.6.─15.8.) the application may be addressed to one of the following pooled funds or other special funds: 

The pooled funds

Application round 1.6.─15.8.2022


The circular economy is based on the re-use of resources (products, materials) and the renewal of systems that affect the economy and affect nature. Forestry and the bioeconomy play a key role in the circular economy model, which can be divided into a biological cycle (e.g. biocomposites) and a technological cycle (e.g. reuse of machine parts). In the Future Sustainable Environment focus area of ​​the Foundation for Economic Education, the pool focuses on the links between climate change, natural loss and the sustainable use of natural resources in business, e.g. engineering wood products and lignin-based products enabling new types of wood construction in topics close to the timber and wood-based building materials industries. Of interest in the focus area of ​​the data economy are the changes in value chains related to the management of fossil carbon dioxide (resource and energy efficiency) and their possible links to the industrial conversion of forest raw materials into high value-added fiber products using sustainable technology. As a special application criterion for Valmet Corporation’s fund, one of the grants can be named Jori Pesonen’s scholarship for research that promotes the export of Finnish paper technology to the world or increases customer value and the customer experience in the paper industry.

  • circular economy, value creation, recycling technologies, high value wood and fiber products, P2X, resource efficiency
  • JEL-classes:
    • L73 Forest Products
    • L74 Construction
    • L64 Other Machinery • Business Equipment
    • Q00 General
    • Q01 Sustainable Development
    • O14 Industrialization • Manufacturing and Service Industries • Choice of Technology
    • O32 Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • O33 Technological Change: Choices and Consequences • Diffusion Processes
    • O35 Social Innovation


International trade is conducted through dynamic networks and flows of people, commodities and information. Trade facilitates the exchange of commodities and practices, involving value chains, global traders and commodities in many different ways. Business approaches, including, for example, emphasis on logistics, trade policy, and commercial shipping, bring new insights and knowledge about the role of global trade in creating economic growth and world trade in goods.

  • Foreign trade, import and export trade
  • JEL classes:
    • F1 Trade
    • F2 International Factor Movements and International Business
    • F4 Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance
    • F6 International economics
    • L81 Retail and Wholesale Trade, e-Commerce
    • L91 Transportation: General
    • O24 Trade Policy • Factor Movement Policy • Foreign Exchange Policy
    • Q17 Agriculture in International Trade


Current organizations need a responsible, effective, and strong vision of how their businesses and organizations are managed locally and internationally. Management skills and standards, knowledge and information exchange, and the renewal of business practices in private companies and public entities both maintain and create new economic and social opportunities. Leadership and business management research creates new knowledge about management locally and internationally.

  • application of information technology and knowledge management, international business management, sales leadership education
  • JEL- classes:
    • M10 Business Administration and Management: General
    • M12 Personnel Management, Executives; Executive Compensation
    • M15 IT Management
    • M16 International Business Administration
    • M54 Labor Management

Only one of the special funds or pooled funds can be selected as the fund to be targeted. All applications will also be evaluated according to the most common application criteria.


Other special funds

Application round 1.6.─15.8.2022

In accordance with the rules of the special funds and the Foundation for Economic Education rules, grants may also be awarded to special groups of applicants, or for narrower purposes. In the grant round application system, the applicant can submit his / her application to one of the following special funds:

Automaattisen tietojenkäsittelyn tutkimusrahasto promotes research projects developing digitalisation solutions made possible by various technological solutions, while taking into account possible views expressed by TIVIA (The Finnish Information Processing Association) on the subject or research topic to be funded.

Liiketalouden liiton rahasto supports Liiketalouden liitto LTA registered association’s educational activity and education of its members.

SKO ry:n juhlarahasto promotes business cultivation and entrepreneurship in Finland by awarding grants for training and research, for the professional development of teachers in business and culture as well as for international interaction.

Taloustoimittajien 50-vuotisjuhlarahasto accepts grant applications from the Taloustoimittajat registered association’s members for the purposes of educational, research, and publishing projects in their respective fields.

Teknisen Kaupan Liiton 100-vuotisjuhlarahasto provides support for technical research and training to promote commerce while taking into account the views eventually presented by the Teknisen Kaupan Liitto registered association (the Association of Finnish Technical Traders) on the subject or on the research topic to be financed.

Only one of the special funds or pooled funds can be selected as the fund to be targeted. All applications will also be evaluated according to the most common application criteria.