The world needs researched information.

The Sakari Alhopuro Foundation promotes and supports medical research, biodiversity, entrepreneurship as well as cultural and social well-being in Finland.

Medical Science

The Foundation specifically supports young doctors, so that they might have the opportunity to conduct research already during their studies and immediately after graduating.  

Grant applicants


More research data is needed about the impacts of climate change on our planet’s future. The Foundation seeks to advance an understanding of the biodiversity of nature as a means of promoting a more sustainable use of our natural surroundings.

Grant applicants

What's new

The application period has ended

The application period for 2023 has now ended. The names of the grant recipients will be published by the end of May on the Foundation’s website. Grant recipients will also be informed of the decision personally.

Read more

Sakari Alhopuro:


‘What is the purpose of life? As a doctor, I have often considered that the purpose of life is found in helping others’, states Sakari Alhopuro, founder of the Foundation.

Read more


Get to know the work of researchers by reading our blogs!

More research evidence is needed on diabetic patients in the primary health care setting

In Finland, approximately 350,000 persons have type 2 diabetes, and another 100,000 individuals have diabetes without knowing it. Diabetes causes human suffering and may result in premature deaths, so it is vital to promote its care and control. Since the majority of patients with type 2 diabetes are being treated at the primary health care level, more research evidence is needed concerning this particular patient group.

Read more

Does the world’s most widely used pesticide fuel global pollinator decline?

Pollination decline is among the gravest global threats challenging crop production and biodiversity. Ecosystem services provided by pollinators are of vital importance to both wild plant communities and agricultural productivity. Our study group is currently investigating the connection the world’s most widely used pesticide, glyphosate, may have to pollinator decline.

Read more

Will antibiotic resistance be the next global health crisis?

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are the cause of roughly 1.2 million deaths annually. It is estimated that, by the year 2050, the antibiotic resistance of bacteria, that is, their ability to defeat the drugs developed to kill them, may cause even more deaths than cancer. To avoid the imminent crisis, more research into the underlying reasons for the resistance is needed.

Read more


The first ever Sakari Alhopuro Prize awarded to Professor Kalervo Väänänen and archipelago nature photographer Jaakko Ruola

The Sakari Alhopuro Foundation’s Board has selected Professor Kalervo Väänänen and nature photographer Jaakko Ruola as the recipients of the Sakari Alhopuro Prize. The prize is awarded in recognition for their influential contribution to the protection of the Archipelago Sea. Now awarded for the first time, the prize sum amounts to 50,000 euro to be shared by the prize winners.

Read more

Saving the Archipelago Sea calls for legislative actions, the stick and the carrots

The Archipelago Sea is one of the most spectacular natural environs in Finland – but for how long? Eutrophication caused by phosphorus and the resulting algal blooms in the sea pose a serious threat to the natural and recreational values of the unique marine environment and the various forms of livelihood in the archipelago. Immediate, binding and efficient actions are needed to reverse the current development.

Read more

Professor Pentti Huovinen received the A. I. Virtanen Prize

Named after the only Finnish Nobel laureate in science, the A .I. Virtanen Prize has been awarded to Professor Pentti Huovinen in recognition of his internationally significant research in the field of bacteriology.

Read more

Professor Emeritus Pekka Niemelä: “Root causes for the loss of nature derive from the Age of Enlightenment"

According to Pekka Niemelä, Professor (emer.) of Biodiversity and Environmental Science at the University of Turku, the accelerating loss of nature cannot be explained by climate change and related factors alone. He suggests that the root causes for the current state of nature derive from the Age of Enlightenment when humankind attempted to establish dominion over nature – with fateful consequences.

Read more

Contact information

Sakari Alhopuro Foundation

Carita Rantanen, M.Sc. (Econ.), eMBA
Managing Director
phone. 040 503 9609

Board of Directors of the Foundation

Pentti Huovinen, D.Med.Sc.,
Professor of Bacteriology
Chairman of the Board
Jyri Heinonen, LL.M. with court training
Vice Chairman of the Board
Ilppo Vuorinen, Ph.D.,
Professor Emeritus of Environmental Research
Member of the Board
Saara Alhopuro, Master of Political Science, diplomat
Member of the Board

Email addresses are in the form: firstname.lastname(at)

Privacy policy statement

Read more