The Sakari Alhopuro Foundation promotes and supports high-quality medical research, multidisciplinary environmental research, biodiversity and environmental protection, cultural and social well-being in Finland, and economic education and entrepreneurism. 

The Foundation provides grants to commendable researchers and high-level research projects. In 2021, the grants will be awarded to research that promotes medical science and multidisciplinary environmental research, biodiversity and environmental protection. 

The online service will be available for use as soon as the grant application period is announced. The 2021 application period for grants from the Sakari Alhopuro Foundation is 1–28 February 2021.

 

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For what purposes does the Sakari Alhopuro Foundation grant funding?

The Sakari Alhopuro Foundation grants funding for projects that promote high-quality medical research, multidisciplinary environmental research, biodiversity and environmental protection, culture and social well-being in Finland, and economic education and entrepreneurship.

In 2021, the grants will be awarded to research that promotes medical science and multidisciplinary environmental research, biodiversity and environmental protection. 

Who can apply for grants?

In 2021, researchers with doctoral degrees in medicine or natural sciences may apply for grants.

The doctoral degree shall be no more than seven years old.

This deadline may be exceeded for special reasons, subject to consideration. These reasons include, for example, parental leave or national service. 

What are the grounds for awarding grants?

The assessment of research projects focuses on prior research, the research topic and plan as well as the researcher’s possibilities of conducting the research.

The applicant shall provide information on their activities up to date, information about no more than ten of their most important scientific publications as well as a funding plan that is detailed and justifiable. A five-page research plan shall be attached to the application.

The Foundation may use external experts in assessing grant applications. The Foundation’s decisions and the names of the experts are not public. When necessary, the Foundation may ask the applicant for further information prior to the final decision.

 

What are the sizes of the grants awarded by the Foundation?

The Foundation accepts applications for project grants, personal working grants or both at the same time. The total amount of the funding may not exceed EUR 60,000.

Project grants may be applied for up to a maximum of EUR 60,000. A project grant awarded to a researcher is paid to the bank account of a university or other research institute. The grant applicant outlines the use of the grant, taking into consideration the general rules and practices concerning grants at the university or research institute. Project grants can be used to cover one’s personal salary costs and/or those of other persons as well as other expenses related to the research. Project grants may include a maximum of 7.5 per cent university or research institute overhead. Note! The applicant must be a single person, not a work group.

Personal working grants may be applied for up to a maximum of EUR 23,300, paid directly to the applicant's personal account. Grant recipients are personally responsible for their pension insurance contributions (MYEL). A personal working grant is a so-called salary grant, but it can also be used to cover other research expenses.

To receive a grant, the researcher must have a place in which to conduct the research. The grant application must include the contact information of a competent representative of the research institute that issued the permission to work.

Examples:

A person may apply for

  • a project grant up to a maximum of EUR 60,000. If a person applies for the maximum project grant, they may no longer apply for a personal grant.
  • a personal working grant up to a maximum of EUR 23,300.
  • both a personal working grant and project grant. If a person applies for the maximum personal grant, EUR 23,300, they may apply for a project grant up to a maximum of EUR 36,700, so that the total amount of the funding applied for does not exceed EUR 60,000. 

 

Grant applications are accepted for one year at a time, after which a new application must be made. Possible further funding is always decided on separately.

Are grants awarded for work done abroad?

Grants can also be awarded for work done abroad. The application must contain the contact information of a competent representative of the place of work located abroad that issued the invitation or permission to work.

When and where are the grant decisions published?

The names of the grant recipients are published on the Foundation’s website by the end of May. Grant applicants are notified of the decision by email.

Grant application steps
CHECK THE GRANT APPLICATION CRITERIA 1
FILL OUT THE APPLICATION CAREFULLY 2
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION ON TIME 3

Further information:

Professor Pentti Huovinen (medicine) pentti.huovinen(at)sakarialhopuronsaatio.fi
Professor emeritus Ilppo Vuorinen (natural sciences) ilppo.vuorinen(at)sakarialhopuronsaatio.fi

 

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