KAUTE’s grant application is open from 1 to 31 January 2021

KAUTE Foundation’s application period for grants is open from 1 to 31 January 2021. With grants, we help promising researchers in their scientific careers. Our goal is to promote economical, societal, and ecological renewal of Finnish businesses and society.

Awarded grants

This spring, the following grants are open for application:

1) Working grants for full-time research for doctoral candidates and young postdoctoral researchers. The grants may be awarded for different time periods: 6,000 euros (3 months), 12,000 euros (6 months) and 22,000 euros (12 months). For postdoc grants, we accept only applicants with no more than five years passed since their doctoral dissertation. Working grants can also be awarded for developing university education in economics or technical sciences.

2) Travel grants for research or study visits that last at least one month. The grants will not be awarded for conference visits. The grant is up to a maximum of 10,000 euros.

2) Grants for research and publication costs. The grant is not granted for Open Access publications. The grant is up to 5,000 euros.

Grants for research exchange can be applied later this spring through Tutkijat maailmalle program and Fulbright Finland.

Themes for the application period

From 2021 to 2023 our strategic themes are sustainable reconstruction, data-driven future and diversifying society. We welcome applications particularly from researchers whose work is related to one of the above themes.

Sustainable reconstruction means topics that help companies and society to change their operations into a more sustainable path. These can be for example, energy transition, circular economy, digitalisation, entrepreneurship and international cooperation.

Data-driven future means understanding and developing new technologies that are shaping our society. The topics can be related to, for example, big data, algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, ethics of data or data-driven business models.

Diversifying society means promoting interdisciplinary and heterogeneous ways of approaching science, working life or society as a whole.

How to apply?

Read carefully our instructions for grant applicants. Send your application through our grant service. The applications with appendixes and statements must be sent by 31 January 2021 at 11.59 pm. We will not process late applications.

Questions about the application period

We will host an info event for the application process on 20 January at 10 am on our Twitter account. Follow us on Twitter @kaute_saatio and join the event!


KAUTE’s grant decisions have been published – grants in particular for digitalisation and sustainable development research

The KAUTE Foundation received a total of 315 applications in the spring general call for grant applications. The amount of funding applied for was 4.4 million euros. Grants were awarded to 23 applicants for a total of 283,600 euros.

The applications submitted in the first call for applications of the decade displayed an emphasis on sustainable development and digitalisation. These themes were also clearly seen in projects that received funding.

Grants were awarded for research that addresses, among other things, collaboration between humans and artificial intelligence, renewable energy systems, and the use of virtual reality in retail.

The foundation also provided follow-up funding for researchers who have previously received a grant from the foundation.

“This year, the standard of applications was very high. KAUTE has clearly become a key foundation from which top applicants in basic and applied research seek funding”, says Matti Suominen, chairman of the foundation’s board.

Read about the grants awarded


Instructions for KAUTE’s grant recipients regarding the coronavirus

Working and expense grants

KAUTE shall, without requiring separate notice, grant an additional period of six months for the grants to be used for their intended purpose and for the submission of grant usage reports. This applies to those grant recipients whose work plans are affected by the coronavirus due to, for example, travel or international cooperation.

Travel grants

The primary aim for travel grants affected by the coronavirus is for them to be used later, once the situation has normalised. If your travel time or destination changes, please inform the foundation in good time.

Grants for researcher visits interrupted due to the coronavirus will not be reclaimed by the foundation. The same applies to the Tutkijat maailmalle and Fulbright KAUTE Foundation Award grants funded by KAUTE.

Ongoing calls for grant applications

The ongoing Tutkijat maailmalle and Post Docs in Companies programmes’ calls for grant applications will continue as planned. Both calls will end on 15 April 2020.

Read more about KAUTE’s grants from our Grant receiver page.


The KAUTE Foundation is reforming its grants: “We want to take forward things that will change the world”

The Finnish Science Foundation for Economics and Technology KAUTE is reforming its grants to better match the foundation’s objectives. KAUTE particularly wants to support research that provides the tools for addressing and solving large global phenomena.

The foundation has decided to no longer award encouragement grants and to begin supporting researchers more through working grants. Applying for travel grants will also change. In the future, you can apply for travel support around the year. All grants are primarily targeted at promising young researchers.  

“We want to take forward things that will change the world. We have been trying to generate more discussion about phenomena that result from technological change, and about what they mean for society and people’s everyday lives”, says the foundation’s Executive Director Jouni Lounasmaa.

The next call for grant applications will open in January 2019. At that time, grants will be awarded for the following purposes:

  • to cover travel, research or publishing costs, up to a maximum of 5 000 euros
  • working grants for young researchers: 6 000 euros (3 months), 12 000 euros (6 months) and 22 000 euros (12 months)

In addition, grants are awarded for researcher exchanges at top foreign universities through two separate calls for applications. The Tutkijat maailmalle grants can be applied for in March and the Fulbright grants in May and December.

New technologies as the upcoming years’ themes

In 2018–2020, the foundation will particularly be highlighting research from new fields combining economics and technology. These are, for example, cleantech, finance technology, e-health, e-learning, digital production technologies, and the application of artificial intelligence and blockchain.  

“The research we fund combines technological development, business opportunities and changes in the consumer field. In a phenomenon such as fintech, for example, in which the banking and financial systems change with technology, it is simultaneously a matter of technology, regulation and people’s behaviour changing”, Executive Director Lounasmaa says.

Read more about KAUTE grants here!

Picture: Vilja Pursiainen