The application period for grants from the Sakari Alhopuro Foundation is 1–29 February 2020

The grants awarded by the Sakari Alhopuro Foundation in 2020 will be allocated to research that advances medical science and multidisciplinary environmental studies, biodiversity and environmental protection. 

The grants will be awarded to researchers who have completed a doctorate in medicine or the natural sciences as a means of providing them with the opportunity to continue to pursue high-level research. Grants are awarded for research projects and/or as personal work grants. The total sum of a grant provided by the Foundation can be a maximum of EUR 60,000. 

Funding can also be granted for research work conducted abroad or continued research upon returning to Finland. 

The grant application period begins on 1 February and ends on 29 February 2020. Applications shall be submitted electronically on the online application service.

 

Online application service

For what purposes does the Sakari Alhopuro Foundation provide funding?

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 entrepreneurship.

The grants to be awarded in 2020 will be allocated to research that advances medicine and multidisciplinary environmental studies, biodiversity and environmental protection. 

Who can apply for a grant?

The grants for 2020 will be awarded to post doc researchers in the fields of medicine and the natural sciences. Applicants must have completed their doctorate less than 7 years prior to application. Any interruptions in studies caused by child care leave, conscript service or specialist training are acceptable exclusions.

In order to receive a project grant, the researcher must have access to a location where the research can be conducted.

Grants are awarded for research projects and/or as personal work grants.

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On what grounds are the grants awarded?

As part of the process of assessing research projects, the focus will be placed on the research topic and plan, past research and the researcher’s possibilities to conduct the research. In the application, applicants shall include information about any activities conducted up until the present date, details concerning no more than 10 of their most important scientific publications and a financial plan that is detailed and explained. A five-page research plan shall be submitted with the application.

The Foundation reserves the right to use external experts for the purpose of assessing the grant applications. The Foundation’s decisions and the names of the experts will not be public information. The Foundation can, if necessary, request additional information from the applicant before making its final decision.

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What size grants does the Foundation award?

The total sum of a grant provided by the Foundation can be a maximum of EUR 60,000. It is possible to get continued funding as well, but such decisions are always made separately.

Project grants can include a university or research institute’s so-called overhead expense share, which can be a maximum of 7.5 per cent. The application must include the contact information of a competent representative of the research institution that has issued the relevant work permit. A personal research work grant is funding intended for the personal use of the researcher, and it can be no greater than the maximum tax-free artist grant. In 2019, the total amount of the annual artist grant was EUR 20,728.44.

Can a grant be awarded for work conducted abroad?

Grants can also be awarded for work conducted abroad. The application must include the contact information of a competent representative of the research institution abroad that has issued the invite or relevant work permit.

 

When and where will the grant decisions for 2020 be announced?

Grant recipients will be notified of the decision by e-mail. Grant recipients will be published on the Foundation’s website by the end of May 2020.

Grant application steps
CHECK THE GRANT APPLICATION CRITERIA

The grants for 2020 will be awarded to post doc researchers in the fields of medicine and the natural sciences. You will need to include a well-justified research plan and clear financial plan to your application. Read more about the criteria here. The grant application period is 1–29 February 2020.

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CHECK OUT THE ONLINE SERVICE IN ADVANCE

The online grant application service opens on 1 February. You can, however, read through the application form already before the service opens in the PDF document found from this link. The only attachment you will need to attach to the application is your 5-page research plan.

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SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BY 29 FEBRUARY 2020

You don’t need to complete the online application form all at once, you can save the information you have entered and log out of the online service. Once the online service shuts down, applications will no longer be accepted. Grant recipients will be notified of the decision via e-mail by the end of May 2020. The information will also be published on the Foundation’s website.

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Further information:

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

 

Online application service