Special fund applications

Application round June 1 – August 15, 2021

Grants may be awarded for special research and education areas according to the criteria defined by the founding donor in the Foundation for Economic Education special funds. In some special funds, the applicant may also target his / her application according to the purposes set by the donor. The pooled funds thematically bring together several purposes that correspond to the selected JEL classes on the application form. Only one of the pooled funds, or a special fund can be selected for the application. In the majority of special funds, allocations are made in connection with the evaluation of applications without the choice required of the applicant.

The pooled funds

Application round 1.6.─15.8.


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

Applications will also be evaluated according to the most common application criteria.

Other special funds

Application round 1.6.─15.8.

Following the criteria established by the special funds’ rules and the Foundation for Economic Education’s guidelines, grants may also be awarded for specific groups of applicants and for purposes narrower than those provided in the Foundation’s rules. During the grant round, applicants may target their applications to the following special funds (in the electronic grant system):

  • Liiketalouden liiton rahasto supports Liiketalouden liitto 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.

Applications will also be evaluated according to the most common application criteria.