2019 APPLICATION CYCLE
URGENT ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
The purpose of Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation is to support academic research and other projects that contribute to the society and environment, and to grant funding, which is done primarily through the annual application cycle. The theme of the 2019 application cycle is Urgent Action on Climate Change. The application period begins on 15 January and ends 31 January at 5 pm Finnish time (UTC+2), by which time all applications must be submitted.
The applications must be submitted using the electronic grant system of the Foundation. There are two main categories for application entries: research grants and other grants.
All applications for grants in the January 2019 application cycle must focus on action for curbing climate change. More information about the theme of the application cycle here.
Who is eligible to apply?
Grants can be applied by individuals, members of working groups or on behalf of an entity.
Grants can be applied for activities organised in Finland or internationally, with the precondition that the project has a connection of some nature with Finland. Applications are accepted from all nationalities. The application can be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English.
How to apply?
The application is submitted using the electronic application form of the Foundation. Applications sent by post will not be accepted.
For which purpose can I apply a grant?
You can apply for a grant from Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation for research projects or artistic work as well as projects promoting social well-being, culture, environment and science and supporting and promoting research and education in these fields.
In the 2019 application cycle, all grant applications must be clearly connected to the theme of the application cycle, which is Urgent Action on Climate Change. More information about the theme here.
Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation wishes to particularly encourage applicants whose work demonstrates one or more of the following:
- Solution-orientation: the project will offer a solution to a key issue (the solution and its link to the phenomenon must be indicated in the application).
- Scalability: the operational model or results of the project are scalable.
- Multidisciplinary/multisectoral features: Projects that are carried out in cooperation with several partners. We value broad-minded and intersectoral models of cooperation.
Funding can be applied from two main categories: research grants and grants for non-research purposes.
Research grant The Foundation funds research both in the form of lump sum grants and working grants for periods of twelve or six months of research work. Lump sum research grants can be allocated for such uses as a conference trip, partial funding of a research project or funding a shorter period of research work. A grant for scientific research work can be awarded from the stage of doctoral dissertation research onwards. The 2019 application cycle focuses on post-doctoral research.
Non-research grant You can apply for a grant for projects that support and promote social well-being, culture and environment and research and education purposes in these fields and are in line with the theme of the application cycle.
Grants are also awarded for advancing the impact and communicating the results of a project, both for research and non-research projects.
The application system requests that the applicant selects a discipline of the research or field of the project. This helps the Foundation to find an expert who can review the application. If your project is multidisciplinary or multisectoral, pick a field of which an expert would be best capable of reviewing the application in your opinion.
The Foundation does not award grants for basic studies or internships.
The duration of a grant period
Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation’s grants are awarded for no more than four grant periods (doctoral research) or two grant periods (post-doctoral or experienced researchers, and non-research projects). Most of the grants are paid out in one-year grant periods, and ensuring funding for the next year means that a report must be submitted that indicates the adequate progress of the project.
The Foundation will make decisions on the grants to be awarded by the end of March, and grants cannot be awarded retroactively. All grants that are awarded must be received and the project must be initiated within one year of the decision. Thus, the grant period must be scheduled to start on 1 April 2019 at earliest, but no later than 31 March 2020.
How much can I apply for?
If you apply for a grant for a lump sum, you must provide a budget, including expenses and funding. Lump sum grants can be allocated for such uses as a conference trip, partial funding of a research project, seminar arrangements, translation expenses or funding a shorter period of research work.
The year-round research grant totals €26,000 for doctoral researchers (or equivalent level) and €30,000 for post-doctoral research work (or equal level of experience). These working grants are intended for a year of full-time work without simultaneous income from employment.
A half-year grant totals €13,000 for work on a doctoral dissertation and €15,000 for post-doctoral research work These grants are intended for a period of six months of full-time work without simultaneous income from employment.
According to the new guidelines, grants cannot be awarded for a single project for a longer period of time than four years (doctoral dissertations) or two years (post-doctoral or experienced researchers, and non-research projects). Grant payments are made for one year at a time, and in order to receive a new payment, a report on the progress of the work must be submitted.
An applicant cannot be employed in full-time gainful employment during his/hers grant period or receive other funding for the same purpose. The maximum number of working hours in a part-time job during the grant period is 25% of standard working hours.
The grant awarded for research work or artistic activities includes the statutory insurance fees that the recipient of the grant must pay independently (more information available here). If the grant is allocated for a research project that is carried out in a place that charges so-called overhead costs from the researcher, he/she is entitled to apply for partial compensation of these costs in the grant application (more information on the application form).
Grants for research work or artistic activities awarded by private entities, such as Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation, are exempted from tax up to the amount that equals the annual artist grant awarded by Finnish state. In 2018, the sum exempted from tax totals €20,461.72 as calculated from the monthly artist grant. If the total net sum of grants received during a tax year exceeds the annual artist grant, the exceeding amount is considered taxable income.
Application evaluation and grant decisions
Decisions on awarding the grants will be taken at a meeting of the Board of the Foundation. Based on the application, the applicant’s potential of carrying out the planned research work or project will be evaluated alongside the merits of the research work or project in its field and whether the project is topical, interesting, and effective in connection to the theme of the application cycle.
With its grant decisions, the Foundation seeks to advance its goals to the best of its ability. Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation will not offer reasons for single decisions.
Experts in the field in question will be used, if necessary, in the evaluation of the applications.
Decisions on the grants awarded will be posted on the home page of the Foundation by the end of March. Grant recipients will also be contacted personally.
You can only start work on the grant once the decision on the grant has been made.
A checklist of a good application
Introduce the project for which the grant would be allocated from several perspectives. A good application does the following, inter alia:
- It states, in a concise and clear manner, the starting points and goals of the project and the planned schedule.
- It describes the positive impacts the project seeks to achieve and how they will be accomplished, how they can be measured or otherwise clearly evaluated.
- It describes, in addition to the project, the operational environment of the project and the prerequisites for its success.
Producing follow-up reports on the use of the grant is a requirement for receiving a grant from Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation. One alternative for reporting on the progress of the work or the project for the recipient of the grant is to submit a blog entry to the website of the Foundation (more information from the General Secretary of the Foundation).
The recipient of the grant must inform the Foundation immediately if he or she or the working group or organisation is granted funding from another source during the processing of the grant application or the use of the grant. The Foundation must also be informed of a parental leave, long sick leave or part-time work that begins during the grant period. If there are substantial changes to the research or project plan during the grant period, the recipient of the grant must inform the Foundation of the matter immediately.
When submitting a grant application to Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation, the applicant submits information to the Foundation in such a manner that a register comes to be with the Foundation as set forth on the Personal Data Act (523/1999). Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation is the data controller. The contact person is the General Secretary of the Foundation, Riikka Ihamuotila (riikka(at)tahsaatio.fi).
More information about Data Protection here.
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Grants awarded previously
Grants awarded through January 2018 application period here.
Continuation grants awarded through November 2015 application period here.
Grant recipients of November 2016 application period here.
Grant recipients of November 2015 application period here.
Grant recipients of November 2014 application period here.