Call for Grant Applications

Grants of Teollisuusneuvos Heikki Väänänen Fund for 2022

Application period: 11 October–11 November 2021

Teollisuusneuvos Heikki Väänänen Fund awards grants for wood-related scientific research at the University of Eastern Finland. Grants may be awarded for research projects that increase research-based knowledge of wood and promote the development of novel wood products or enhance the use and usability of wood for the needs of humanity.

In 2022, grants can be awarded for basic or applied research supporting these purposes with the following criteria:

    1. One-year grants of a maximum of 23,000 euros for a doctoral dissertation project or for post doc research. The grant includes the cost required by the MYEL pension insurance. The university does not collect the so-called “university compensation” from recipients of this one-year grant.
    2. Grants of a maximum of 6,000 euros for advancing a sub-project of a doctoral dissertation
    3. Additionally, grants of 1,000–2,000 euros may be awarded for master’s thesis work.

The grants awarded for doctoral dissertations or for post doc research are personal work grants intended for full-time research work free from other gainful employment. No travel grants will be awarded.

The grant application must include, as an appendix, a research proposal that indicates:

    1. Background of the research
    2. Objectives
    3. Materials and methods
    4. Expected outcomes and their significance, and
    5. Timetable (the overall length of the proposal may not exceed 3 pages, font size 11).

The research proposals must include a brief description of how the research fits into the themes of the call for proposals and meets the required criteria. Research proposals for the post doc phase must also indicate how the research is linked to a research group at the University of Eastern Finland.

The application must also include

    • the applicant’s CV (curriculum vitae) as an appendix and
    • for postgraduate students, a statement from the supervisor is also required
    • the application must be accompanied by the research unit’s commitment to ensure that the proposed research is linked to the unit’s other research, as well as the basic preconditions for the applicant’s work (e.g., proper working facilities, telecommunications, printing, library, and information services).

The grant recipient must report on the use of the grant according to separate instruction. The application is filled out at

The grants must be used during 2022. The grantees will be announced at the Karelia Symposium on 7 April 2022.

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