Project Funding Applications

The application window for research project funding is in March. Funding for collection, publication and outline projects is announced separately.

Research projects

Projects may be within one discipline or be multidisciplinary. They must be based on academic research aimed at adding to the existing body of knowledge.

It is preferable that the project involves scholars from different stages of their academic careers.

Projects conducted by one person are permitted provided that the applicant is a post-doctoral researcher and no more than four years have elapsed since they gained their doctorate. However, PhD students may submit an application for post-doctoral research if their thesis has undergone preliminary examination and been approved by the preliminary examiners.

The researchers involved in the project will be employed by a university or university college. The researchers will be paid a salary or fee. The head of the project must be employed by or affiliated to a university in Finland. It is not possible for one and the same person to head more than one project.

The same scholar may participate in a maximum of two simultaneous project applications.

Collection, publication and outline projects

Research teams may apply for funding for collection, publication and outline projects.

Collection projects are to be related to the SLS archives and involve major collections and/or the digitisation of archival material.

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

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

The project head must be resident in Finland. The scholars involved in the project will be paid a salary or fee. The employer will be SLS or another organisation or institution.

For more information, contact Head of Research Christer Kuvaja (phone: + 358 40 152 2314, puevfgre.xhinwn@fyf.svif.sls@ajavuk.retsirhc ).

How to apply

The project head should apply at ansokan.sls.fi. Please contact SLS’ Head of Research in good time before submitting an application for collection, publication and outline projects.

Please read the instructions

The award process

  • Research projects

    The assessment of projects is a two-step process. In step 1, applicants submit a brief project description, on the basis of which applications are shortlisted for the next round by the SLS Research Committee.

    The projects shortlisted for step 2 have to submit a detailed project plan. The plans are evaluated by external, independent evaluators. The statements from the evaluators are sent to applicants once SLS’ Scholarly Board has reached its decision on which projects are to be awarded funding.

  • Collection, publication and outline projects

    The assessment of projects is a one-step process. An initial shortlist is drawn up by an expert group appointed by SLS. The expert group decides which projects will be sent to external and independent evaluators.

    The statements from the evaluators are sent to shortlisted project applicants once SLS’ Scholarly Board has reached its decision on which projects are to be awarded funding.