Project Funding Application Instructions

SLS publishes calls for applications for research project funding, as well as collection, publication and outline projects separately.

 

Research projects

Applications for funding for a research project are made by the project manager via the SLS online application system.

Projects can be within one or several disciplines. They are to be based on scientific research with the aim of adding to the existing body of knowledge.

It is preferable that the project involves scholars from all different stages of a career in research. A researcher can only participate in two applications simultaneously. Single-person projects are permitted but only when the applicant is a post-doctoral researcher, and no more than four years have elapsed since the public defence of his/her doctoral thesis. However, doctoral students can submit an application for post-doctoral research if their thesis has been preliminarily reviewed and approved by the reviewers. The review statements must be appended to the application.

The researchers involved in the project will be employed by the university or university college in question. The project manager must be affiliated with a university in Finland. It is not possible to be project manager for more than one project. The researchers involved in the project will be paid a salary or fee.

The assessment of projects is a two-step process. First, a short description of the project is submitted after which the SLS Research Committee conducts the initial selection process. The description of the project must be written in Swedish. The description of the project must not exceed 6,000 characters and must include a short description of the project’s relevance for the Swedish-speaking population in Finland. An approximate estimation of the budget must be made. Overheads are calculated as 20 per cent of salary costs and associated costs.

The projects selected in the first round are then required to submit a detailed project plan. This must be written in Swedish, or in some exceptional cases in English, and must not exceed 20,000 characters. The detailed project plans are evaluated by external, independent evaluators. Project managers will be given the evaluators’ statement after SLS has decided which projects are to be awarded funding.

 

Collection, publication and outline projects

Funding for collection, publication and outline projects may be applied for by research teams. Applications may only be submitted online and by the project manager. The Head of Research at SLS must be contacted before an application is submitted.

Collection projects are to be related to the SLS archives and deal with major collections and/or the digitization of material for the archives.

Publication projects are, for instance, scholarly editions of the works and/or correspondence of individuals (such as authors, scholars or cultural identities). Projects that result in, for example, dictionaries and handbooks are also included.

Outline projects are projects whose purpose is to conduct an in-depth analysis and review of the research completed in respect of an issue which concerns the Swedish-speaking population in Finland. These projects may also include some new research. The end result is an outline work, often published in several volumes.

SLS employees who intend to take part in a research project or a collection, publication or outline project should enclose a letter from their sector/function manager stating that leave has been granted. The letter should be appended as an attachment.

The project manager must reside in Finland. The researchers involved in the project will be paid a salary or fee. The employer will be SLS or some other organisation or institute.
The project plan must not exceed 20,000 characters. Only the project manager’s CV is required. It must be appended as an attachment together with a short presentation of the other researchers involved in the project. A detailed budget must be appended to the application. Overheads are calculated as 20 per cent of salary costs and associated costs.

The assessment of projects is a one-step process. The first selection round is conducted by a committee of experts appointed by SLS who decide which projects are to be passed on for external and independent evaluation. The projects that proceed to the next stage will be given the evaluators’ statement after SLS has decided which projects are to be awarded funding.

For more information, contact Head of Research Christer Kuvaja (+358 9 618 771 01, christer.kuvaja@sls.fi)

 

The research plan or project plan must not contain any tables, diagrams, pictures, lists of references or bibliography. These must be appended to the electronic application as attachments.
For research projects, the longer, more detailed research plan must comply with the Academy of Finland’s instructions, see Research Plan. The shorter project description can be worded freely.
Applications for funding for collection, publication and outline projects must comply with the relevant parts of the Academy of Finland’s instructions.

The research plan or project plan must not contain any tables, diagrams, pictures, lists of references or bibliography. These must be appended to the electronic application as attachments.

For research projects, the longer, more detailed research plan must comply with the Academy of Finland’s instructions, see Research Plan. The shorter project description can be worded freely.

Applications for funding for collection, publication and outline projects must comply with the relevant parts of the Academy of Finland’s instructions.

A separate publication plan must be appended to the application. Any costs for open access publication must be included in the budget. NB! It is not necessary to append a publication plan to the short research project application. 

If the project will imply the digitization of large amounts of material that is only available in paper form in the SLS archives and/or the publication of digital materials, consultation with SLS is required before an application is submitted. The same applies if the project will involve the use of SLS data systems or other systems developed by SLS for digitization. The costs associated with this must be included in the budget. NB! It is not necessary to consult with SLS before the short research project application is submitted.

Mandatory for the project manager of research projects and collection, publication and outline projects. The curriculum vitae must comply with the ethical principles of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity, see Model curriculum vitae for researchers.

Mandatory for project managers. The longer research project application must include a list of publications for all the researchers taking part in the project. The list of publications is to be drawn up in accordance with the Academy of Finland’s instructions, see List of Publications.

If you wish, you may specify individuals who can provide references for your research project if required. Written recommendations must not be submitted.

Please do not send attachments separately. Do not append your research plan as an attachment since it is to be included in the application form itself. It will not be taken into consideration as an attachment. Do not attach any documents stated in your curriculum vitae or list of publications.