The grants are discretionary. Review and comparison of the applications are based on a total evaluation that takes into account the following criteria:
1. Call-specific grounds for granting funding
Applicants who have been awarded a grant in 2019 are considered eligible for further funding. The applications from these applicants have already been reviewed by the Academy of Finland.
Applicants may receive further funding for the project only if the research 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 documents:
- Application form for further funding
- 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
- List of publications. The list is drawn up according to the Ministry’s classification (http://www.minedu.fi under Avustukset → liikunta).
- Degree certificate/certificate of doctoral study right
- Statement by ethical committee (where necessary)
In accordance with its strategy, the Ministry of Education and Culture aims to contribute to the strengthening of everyone's skills and competences; to the renewal of society through creative, inquiry-based and responsible action; and to securing equal opportunities for a meaningful life. The Ministry’s strategy
Accordingly, in the assessment and comparison of applications it may be considered an advantage if the activity or project contributes to promoting gender equality, equality, inclusion, mutual respect and sustainable development in line with the Ministry’s promise to take action described in the strategy.
3. General conditions for awarding discretionary government grants under the Act on Discretionary Government Transfers
The Ministry of Education and Culture may award 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.
If the grant concerns wage costs and the recipient has been sentenced for using unauthorised foreign labour, the grant may only be awarded for a particularly weighty reason (section 7, subsection 2 of the Act on Discretionary Government Transfers).
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.
Applications that arrive after the deadline in paper form will be rejected.