Continued funding for sport science research projects

The subsidy is intended for sport science research projects that were granted funding by the Ministry of Education and Culture for 2017 and have received a conditional decision on continued funding for 2018.  The funding is granted in the form of a special subsidy.

The prerequisites for continued funding are that the subsidised project has progressed in accordance with the plan and that Parliament allocates the necessary appropriations for sport science research. The application must contain an account of the progress made in the research and a description of any changes that may have taken place in the project.

Research communities with legal capacity may apply for the funding.

The application period begins on 15 October 2018.
The application period ends on 16 November 2018 at 16.15.

The Ministry of Education and Culture may allocate a total of EUR 2,450,000 for sport science research projects, provided that Parliament grants appropriations for the purpose.
Decisions on the continued funding will be made in January 2018. Applicants will be informed of the decisions through the e-services of the Ministry.

Act on the Promotion of Sports and Physical Activity  (390/2015) http://www.finlex.fi
Act on Discretionary Government Transfers (688/2001) http://www.finlex.fi

The Ministry of Education and Culture funds sport science research projects that are in line with the objectives for societal impact in the sports sector as outlined in the Budget. Research projects are divided into thematic areas already at the application stage and projects within each thematic area are required to engage in collaboration.

Funding is granted for projects that focus on the pre-defined thematic areas and the main objective of which is to generate new information for the purpose of promoting sports and physical activity in accordance with the sports policy objectives set by Parliament. The aim with targeting the research funding is to increase the amount of research that is relevant for the Finnish sports policy, to enhance the dialogue between researchers, decision-makers and public officials, to reinforce the role of research in decision-making, and thus enhance the societal impact of the research.

 

Discretionary government grants are applied for in the e-services of the Ministry of Education and Culture. If you are unable to use the e-services, please contact the public official listed as the provider of further information on the grant in question.

Applications must arrive at the Ministry of Education and Culture by 16.15 on the final day of the application period. Applications arriving at the Ministry after the application deadline will be rejected.

Due to technical issues the application form in English can be accessed by choosing “svenska” as language on the starting page of the application form.

Instructions for use of the e-services

You will need a Katso ID to be able to log in to and use the e-services. An ID can be obtained from the Finnish Tax Administration. After logging in to the service, fill in the application form, append the requested appendices to it, and submit the application to the Ministry in the e-services. The Ministry’s decision on the discretionary government grant will also be made available in the e-services.

If you are requested to supplement your application or wish to request for rectification in the decision you have received, these will also be dealt with in the e-services. The required reports are also submitted through the e-services.

To obtain a Katso ID, please visit https://www.vero.fi/en/About-us/contact-us/efil/katso-identification/.

1. Call-specific grounds for granting funding

The group of applications for continued funding is formed by the applications concerning projects that were granted funding by the Ministry of Education and Culture for 2018, have received a conditional decision on continued funding for 2019, and which the Academy of Finland has already reviewed. All applications in this group are processed in an equal manner by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The prerequisite for continued funding is that the research project has progressed in accordance with the original plan. The application must contain an account of the progress made in the research and a description of any changes that may have taken place in the project.

Applicants must submit the following application document:

  • Application for continued funding (Form 15)
  • Original research plan and original summary of the project (pdf)
  • If the composition of the research group has changed since the submission of the original research plan, the new researchers must also submit the following documents:
  1. Curriculum vitae (in accordance with TENK)
  2. Degree certificate/certificate of doctoral study right
  3. Statement by ethical committee (where necessary)

2. General criteria

In the assessment and comparison of applications, it may be considered an advantage if the activity or project seeks to promote one or several of the following general objectives set out in the strategies or commitments adopted by the Ministry:

3. General conditions for awarding discretionary government grants under the Act on Discretionary Government Transfers

The Ministry of Education and Culture may grant a discretionary government grant only if the applicant meets the general conditions laid down in the Act on Discretionary Government Transfers. The Ministry will give consideration to the general conditions also when deciding on the amount of the grant.
Under section 7, subsection 1 of the Act on Discretionary Government Transfers, a discretionary government grant may be awarded, if:

  • the purpose for which the grant is applied is socially acceptable;
  • awarding the grant is justified by the objective of its use;
  • awarding the grant is necessary considering other public aid received by the applicant and the type and extent of the project or activity in question; and
  • awarding the grant is estimated to cause only minor distortion to competition and the market.

4. Impediments to awarding discretionary government grants

An applicant who has previously received discretionary government grants from the Ministry of Education and Culture must ensure that he or she has submitted the reports on the use of the grants by the set deadline as required in the grant decision. The Ministry will reject an application if the applicant has essentially neglected his or her duty to provide information required for the supervision of the use of grants awarded earlier.

Late applications will also be rejected.

 

A discretionary government grant may only be used for the purpose for which it has been awarded.

A grant awarded by the Ministry of Education and Culture may at most cover the share of the acceptable costs of the activity or project that has been determined in the grant decision. The total combined amount of public aid provided, inclusive of the grant awarded, must not exceed the total amount of the acceptable costs incurred from the activity or project. The acceptable costs are determined in the discretionary government grant decision and its appendices.
In respect of salaries and remunerations, the amount equivalent to an annual pay of at most EUR 80,000 per employee, inclusive of statutory non-wage labour costs, is considered acceptable.  Salaries may be paid in the form of money or fringe benefits.

The recipient of a discretionary government grant must have appropriate financial management and administration practices in place.

The recipient must submit a report on the use of the discretionary government grant to the Ministry by the date specified in the grant decision.

Cost unit-specific financial reporting is required of the grant recipient, if the grant awarded is a special grant or a general grant intended for a specific part of activities.

The Ministry of Education and Culture has the right to conduct audits of discretionary government grant recipients’ finances and operations that are necessary for the payment of grants and supervision of their use (section 16 of the Act on Discretionary Government Transfers).

Grant recipients must find out whether they have the duty to comply with the procurement legislation and act accordingly. A recipient other than a state or local authority or a religious community may also have the duty to arrange competitive tendering of their procurements in accordance with the procedures laid down in the Act on Public Procurement and Concession Contracts.

  • If a grant recipient meets the criteria for an institution of public law character (for example if more than half of its funding comes from a public source), the recipient must comply with the Public Procurement Act in all procurement processes.
  • If a grant amounting to more than 50% of the value of a specific procurement is awarded to the recipient, the recipient must comply with the Public Procurement Act in the procurement process. (Act on Public Procurement and Concession Contracts 1397/2016).

The Ministry of Education and Culture has outlined that a grant recipient must invite tenders from more than one supplier in such procurement of goods and services whose value is below the national threshold value but exceeds EUR 20,000 exclusive of VAT.

A grant recipient must provide the Ministry of Education and Culture with a report on the use of the discretionary government grant by the date specified in the grant decision. The reporting obligation covers both financial reporting and result reporting. Cost unit-specific financial reporting is required of the grant recipient, if the grant awarded is a special grant or a general grant intended for a specific part of the activities.

Reports concerning discretionary government grants applied for and awarded in the e-services must likewise be submitted through the e-services of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Reports concerning discretionary government grants applied for on paper are made by using a separate form.

 

Lisätietoja

Senior Advisor Kari Niemi-Nikkola, p. 0295 330112, [email protected]