Special transfers for sport science further research projects

The grant is intended for sport science research projects that were awarded funding by the Ministry of Education and Culture for 2019 and have received a conditional decision on further funding for 2020.  The funding is granted in the form of a special transfer.

In order for the applicant to receive further funding, Parliament must allocate sufficient appropriations to sport science research and the research must have progressed as planned. 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 call opens on 14 October 2019
The call closes on 20 November 2019 at 16.15.

The Ministry of Education and Culture may allocate up to EUR 2,450,000 for sport science research projects, provided that Parliament allocates appropriations for the purpose.

Decisions on further funding will be made in January 2020. Applicants will be informed of the decisions in writing.

  • Act on the Promotion of Sports and Physical Activity  (390/2015).
  • Act on Discretionary Government Transfers (688/2001).

The purpose of the grant is to increase the amount of research relevant to sport policy, to strengthen the role of research in support of decision-making and to increase the social impact of research.

The Ministry of Education and Culture funds sport science research projects that are in line with the objectives for social impact in the sports sector as outlined in the Budget. 

 

To apply for a grant, use the Ministry of Education and Culture's e-service. If you are unable to use the e-service, please contact the public official providing additional information about the grant.

Please note that you will not be able to submit the application to the e-service after the deadline has expired. The applicant is responsible for the arrival of the application by the deadline.

Instructions for using the e-service

For logging in and using the e-service, you will need a Katso ID from the Finnish Tax Administration.  After logging into the service, fill in the application form, append the requested appendices to it, and submit the application to the Ministry through the e-service. The Ministry’s decision on the discretionary government transfer will also be made available in the e-service.

If you are requested to supplement your application or wish to request a review of the decision you have received, these will also be dealt with through the e-service. You must also submit any required reports through the e-service.

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

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)

2.General criteria

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.

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

A Ministry of Education and Culture grant may cover at most the share specified in the grant decision of the total costs incurred from the activities for which the grant was disbursed or the actual total costs of the project. The eligible costs are determined in the grant decision and its appendices.

Per each employee, as eligible costs will be regarded at most an amount corresponding to an annual salary of EUR 80,000 including the statutory indirect labour costs. The salary may be paid as wages 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 centre based 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 grant 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.

Other terms and conditions also apply to spending the grant. Full list of terms and conditions applicable to grants (in Finnish).  

A grant recipient must provide the Ministry 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 performance reporting. Cost centre based 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 transfers applied for and granted in the e-service must likewise be submitted through the Ministry of Education and Culture’s e-service.

Reports concerning discretionary government transfers applied for on paper are submitted using a separate form.

 

Lisätietoja

Samuli Rasila, Specialist, + 358 295 330057, [email protected]

For technical questions concerning the e-service, please contact: [email protected]