Assessment of applicant ability takes into account the applicant’s former achievements in research or elsewhere. Applicants are expected to show passion for their own research and that they have, or aim to have, international networks. Grant decisions will also take into account the applicant’s overall funding situation.
Scientific ambition of the research
The research subject is new and relates to recent scientific conversation. Multidisciplinary approaches or research methods are also considered a merit.
Relevance of research to Finnish society and business life
It is important to discuss the practical relevance of the research. Where possible, the applicants should describe how their research and its results could be utilized in education or in business.
From 2021 to 2023, our strategic themes are a data-driven future, sustainable reconstruction and a diversifying society. The Foundation particularly welcomes applications from researchers whose work is in some way related to the above themes.
We value researchers’ interest in interacting with the Finnish society at large and spreading the word about their research results. We hope that grant recipients would also write accessible articles and blogs, or for example Tweet about their research. We will provide grant recipients with communications training for creating video material, among other things.