For what purposes does the Kone Foundation grant funding?

Kone Foundation supports bold initiatives in research and the arts.
VTT:n apurahapalkitut tutkijat Kari Koivuranta, Heli Nygren ja Irina Tsitko. Kuva: Aleksi Poutanen.

In what areas or subjects can grants be applied for?

Kone Foundation supports bold initiatives in research and the arts.

Funding can be applied for:

  • academic and / or artistic work
  • the advancement of academic and / or artistic work (e.g., a project whose aim is to develop a field)
  •  work based on academic research and / or artistic work (e.g., making research or art available to wider audiences)
  • other kinds of cultural work.


Focal points

Kone Foundation seeks bold initiatives. By ‘boldness’ we mean the ability to question and examine the world from a new, critical perspective; we believe that it is through such an outlook that understanding of a particular subject deepens. Boldness can also mean crossing – and even breaking – boundaries. Our conception of boldness therefore includes experimental approaches, the courage to explore as-yet unrefined ideas, and to avoid predetermined definitions. The future holds a multitude of opportunities, and we seek to foster their development.

Priority will be given to areas and subjects that are multidisciplinary and also seek to view things from new perspectives and to question prevailing ideas. We also encourage applicants to engage in diversified projects that combine art and science, as well as collaboration between journalists and researchers. We do not favour the instrumentalisation of research and art.

Until 2020, we will emphasise our The changing ”neighbournesses” of Finland programme.

The research supported by the Foundation may be in the humanities, arts or social or environmental sciences, or it may be multidiscipline research relating to the above-mentioned fields. In artistic research, artistic and investigative work are done in tandem; it is usually carried out at art institutes. Artistic research is generally connected to the author’s own artistic or art pedagogy work.

In general, grants are not awarded for psychological, theological, law or business without an interdisciplinary dimension. In our funding decisions for research, we emphasise both postdoc research by people who have recently defended their doctoral theses and work by researchers who are more advanced in their careers.

We favour internationality, such as Finns working abroad and foreign applicants working in Finland.

Kone Foundation also seeks to promote academic writing in Finnish and the accessibility of academic results. That is why we also fund Finnish nonfiction and other activities aimed at increasing social interaction in the field of research.

We especially grant funding for academic and artistic work. We also grant support for other costs necessary for the implementation of projects. When applying for travel expenses, applicants are encouraged to travel in an environmentally responsible way and to avoid domestic flights.


Who can apply?

An individual, a working group or an established organisation with a Finnish business ID can apply for funding from Kone Foundation. If a working group is applying for funding, the group members must elect a team leader who will be responsible for the project.

Kone Foundation grants are mainly intended for Finnish nationals working in Finland or abroad or for other nationalities working in Finland. If you do not have a Finnish background and are working outside of Finland, your work should have a connection to Finland.

For more information on the thematic application calls, see Themed calls for applications On applying for the Lauttasaari manor residence, please read the guidelines under Lauttasaari manor residency.  

Information on applying for the Saari Residence can be found here.   


For which period are grants applied?

The grants awarded after the September funding call can be used, at the earliest, at the start of the following year. Grants are not awarded retrospectively.

Grants may be funded for a maximum of four years at a time. We may support long-term initiatives both in academic research and the arts.

A Kone Foundation grant must be used for the purpose for which it has been awarded. One-year grants must be used within three years of the funding decision. For two-year, three-year and four-year grants, the periods of use are four, five and six years, respectively.


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