Criteria for Grant

What are grants awarded for?

The Foundation primarily awards funding for solution-oriented postdoc projects and doctoral thesis projects whose results have a systematic and scalable impact on the progress of environmental protection. We also support the communication and implementation of researched environmental information to society.

Environmental challenges are multidisciplinary phenomena, which means that no scientific field can be excluded from our search for solutions. Rather, we encourage researchers to engage in forms of collaboration that break the boundaries of science.

The projects do not have to relate to Finland alone, since the phenomenon-based approach is often essentially global. However, the results of the projects supported must be applicable to Finnish environmental protection and societal decision-making or otherwise support Finland’s environmental objectives.

In particular, the Foundation supports projects that promote collaboration between different scientific fields or sectors and the transfer of knowledge to its users. For example, two postdocs from different fields can apply for support for a joint project with their own applications or the research project applied for can be done in collaboration with a company. The Foundation also funds novel research and collaboration projects that are suitable for funding and situated in the interface or meeting ground between scientific fields.

Who can apply for a grant?

  • We award personal working grants along with funding for possible research costs for postdoc projects and doctoral thesis projects. We are currently emphasising the applications of postdoc researchers. In the 2018 application process, the size of a personal grant is 26,000 euros a year for a doctoral thesis researcher and 30,000 euros a year for a postdoc researcher.

    - The applicant is the research project’s researcher, i.e. the grant recipient him/herself.

    - We fund doctoral thesis work if the project is just beginning or less than halfway through.
    - Postdoc project applicants must have completed their doctoral thesis no more than five years ago.
    - The working grant can also be used at a non-Finnish research institute. At the Nessling Foundation, the mobility of researchers is a plus.
  • We award project grants for the communication or implementation of scientific environmental information, which can be applied for by private persons, communities or organisations.
  • Please note: Each applicant can submit only one application in one category. Funding will not be awarded for a new project if the applicant already has a Nessling project in progress.


RESEARCH AND OTHER ACTIVITIES SUPPORTED BY THE NESSLING FOUNDATION ARE DIVIDED INTO FIVE PHENOMENA RELATED TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, WHICH WE EXPECT THE APPLICANTS’ SOLUTIONS TO BE RELATED TO:

  1. Climate change
  2. Biodiversity loss
  3. Sustainability of the use of natural resources
  4. Water risks
  5. Chemicalization and pollution

The project applied for can also be systemic and solve more than one of the phenomena mentioned above.

MAIN FUNDING CRITERIA FOR RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Solution orientation, societal relevance and scalability of the results
  • Scientific quality of the research, researcher and research group (if the applicant is doing research as part of a group)
  • Innovativeness of the research
  • Collaboration between the researchers/research groups/organisations
  • Communicating about the research and interacting with stakeholders (especially knowledge users)
  • Educational environment (if applying for a doctoral thesis grant)

MAIN FUNDING CRITERIA FOR OTHER THAN RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • The solution orientation, societal relevance and scalability of the project
  • Know-how and operating environment related to the implementation of the applicant’s (individual or group) project
  • Innovativeness of the project
  • Collaboration and interaction done in the project with the project’s key stakeholders