Grant Application Instructions

Individuals, working groups and organisations can apply to SLS for grants. The applicant is to be one and the same as the person/organisation awarded the grant, except in the case of working groups, where the application is to be made by the project manager.

Where the applicant is an organisation, the organisation’s bank account number is to be provided.

Applications may be written in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or English.

No changes can be made to applications once they have been submitted. SLS does not justify or provide comments on decisions.

 

Akademic research

You may apply for a personal research grant if you hold a master’s degree and you are continuing your studies towards either a licentiate or a doctoral degree, or if you intend to undertake post-doctoral research. SLS does not award grants for work towards a master’s thesis. Scholars who have not yet defended their doctoral thesis can apply for a grant for post-doctoral research only after the preliminary reviewers have submitted their opinions on the thesis.

Applications may only be admitted electronically; the same application may relate to a principal subject area and two other subject areas. However where the purpose of the research is quite different, separate applications should be submitted.

Grants for visits to universities, higher education institutions or research institutes can be applied for from the Council of Finnish Foundations’ Post Doc Pool of which SLS is a member. For more information, visit the Council of Finnish Foundations’ post doc-pool.

The size of personal research grants are as follows and can be applied for for a maximum period of one year:
Applicant per month (€) per year (€)
Doctoral student 2,200 26,400
Post-doctoral researcher 2,600 31,200
PhD at associate professor level or higher 3,200 38,400

 

 
These sums include statutory pension and accident insurance (14 per cent of each sum). The annual tax-free threshold is EUR 20,293.40 (2016). The grant holder pays tax on the amount in excess of this figure. The grant holder undertakes to carry out the research on a full-time basis. In addition, the same application can include a request for travel grants and/or materials costs. Applications for a printing grant must be made separately.
The Research Plan must not exceed 10,000 characters. The font size is to be at least 12 point. The Research Plan must not contain any tables, graphs, pictures, lists of references or bibliography. These must be appended to the electronic application as attachments in PDF format. The Research Plan must have the following layout and include the following headings:

1. Background

  • The importance of the planned research at national and international levels
  • Brief description of previous research on the same topic and how the current research relates to it
  • How far the work has progressed and how much, and what remains to be done

2. Objectives

  • The objectives of the research
  • Hypotheses and questions to be answered

3. Research methods and research material

  • The research methods that will be used
  • The research material and how it will be collected and used
  • Ethical aspects and any ethical statements related to the research methods and materials

4. Results

  • Anticipated results and their scholarly and social significance
  • How the results could be applied and utilised
  • Publication (also in open access) and any other dissemination of the results and the collected material
(Appended to the application as an attachment in PDF format) Mandatory for postgraduate students and doctors applying for grants. The CV should conform to the ethical principles of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity, see Model curriculum vitae for researchers.
(Appended to the application as an attachment in PDF format) Mandatory for doctors applying for grants. The Publications list is to be drawn up in accordance with the Academy of Finland’s instructions – see the Publications List.
You must specify the period during which the SLS funding will be used (the time period and number of months). The budget is to state the amount that you are applying for from SLS. Where the application is for a purpose other than an academic thesis, the total amount for the project must be specified.
If you wish, you may specify individuals who can provide references about your research if required. References should be appended as an attachment in PDF format to the electronic application, but referees can also send their recommendations as a PDF attachment directly to the Research Secretary Kajsa Rytikoski (kajsa.rytikoski@sls.fi).
Indicate in your application if you have previously received a grant for the same purpose from SLS or other funding bodies. Also indicate any concomitant applications to other funding bodies for the same purpose as the application to SLS.

Please do not send attachments separately by ordinary mail. Do not include your research or project plan as an attachment, since these are to be included in the application form itself. Please note that they will not be taken into consideration if provided as an attachment. Do not either include as an attachment anything already apparent from your curriculum vitae and publications list, such as academic records, master’s thesis etc. Attachments are to be submitted before the end of the application period.

The maximum size of attachments is 3 MB and they must be in PDF format. You should attach the following enclosures to your application:

  • Certificate of admission to doctoral studies if you have not previously been awarded a grant by SLS.
  • Scholars who have not yet defended their doctoral thesis can apply for a grant for post-doctoral research only after the preliminary reviewers have submitted their opinions on the thesis. Recommendations and references.
  • PhDs are to attach their degree certificate.
  • If the research requires a research permit or an opinion from an ethics committee, this must also be attached.
  • Any other enclosures essential to the assessment of your application.

 

History and documentation

Individuals, working groups and organisations can apply for a scholarship for creating historical accounts of municipalities, villages, farms, associations and organisations, or for documenting the history of a family or of a certain individual.

Applications may only be submitted electronically. The same application may relate to a main subject area and two other subject areas. However where the purpose of the research is quite different, separate applications should be submitted.

A personal grant cannot exceed EUR 2,200 per month unless a well-motivated reason is provided. In addition, the same application can include a request for travel grants and/or materials costs. Applications for a printing grant must be made separately.

The Project Plan must not exceed 10,000 characters. The font size is to be at least 12 point. The Project Plan is to include a description of the project itself, a preliminary outline, a brief presentation of the scholar(s) involved and a statement of the objectives and target groups for the project. The Project Plan must not contain any tables, graphs, pictures, source lists or bibliography. These must be appended to the electronic application as attachments in PDF format.
(Appended as an attachment in PDF format). It is mandatory for the applicant submitting the application and selected parts to comply with the ethical principles of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity, see Model curriculum vitae for researchers.
You must specify the period during which the SLS funding will be used (the time period and number of months). The budget is to state the amount that you are applying for from SLS. The total sum for the project must also be specified.
Indicate in your application if you have previously received a grant for the same purpose from SLS or other funding bodies. Also indicate any concomitant applications to other funding bodies for the same purpose as the application to SLS.

Please do not send attachments separately by ordinary mail. Do not include your research or project plan as an attachment, since these are to be included in the application form itself. Please note that they will not be taken into consideration if provided as an attachment. Do not either include as an attachment anything already apparent from your curriculum vitae and publications list, such as academic records, master’s thesis etc. Attachments are to be submitted before the end of the application period.

The maximum size of attachments is 3 MB and they must be in PDF format.

 

Travel grants, materials costs, printing grants and conferences/seminars

Individuals, working groups and organisations can apply for grants for visits to archives, seminars and conferences, for the acquisition of materials needed in the writing and publication process, and grants for the printing of books and articles or publication in digital form. Funds are not awarded for exhibitions, excursions or study trips.

Applications may only be admitted electronically; the same application may relate to a principal subject area and two other subject areas. However where the purpose of the research is quite different, separate applications should be submitted.

You must submit a brief plan outlining how the grant will be used. The plan must also include a description of the objectives and target groups.
(Appended as an attachment in PDF format). It is mandatory for the applicant submitting the application and selected parts to comply with the ethical principles of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity, see Model curriculum vitae for researchers.
You must specify the period during which the SLS funding will be used (the time when the travel/seminar/conference takes place). The budget is to state the amount that you are applying for from SLS. The total sum for the project must also be specified.
Indicate in your application if you have previously received a grant for the same purpose from SLS or other funding bodies. Also indicate any concomitant applications to other funding bodies for the same purpose as the application to SLS.