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:
- Curriculum vitae (in accordance with TENK)
- Degree certificate/certificate of doctoral study right
- 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.