For grant applicants

Kone Foundation’s goal is to advance bold initiatives in research and the arts. Boldness, crossing of boundaries and new initiatives are important for us and we also encourage our grant applicants to work towards these goals.
Dancer Laura Pietiläinen. Photo: Aleksi Poutanen

We will be looking for bold thinkers and doers again on 1–15 September, 2018. 

Please submit your proposal through the online application service.  Applications cannot be sent via email or outside the online service. Please read our guidelines carefully before applying.  

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

 

For what purposes does the Kone Foundation grant funding?

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

 

Focal points

In academic research, we support humanities, social sciences, environmental research, and artistic research. Projects can be multi- or interdisciplinary and they can combine artistic and scholarly approaches.

We can fund co-operation on equal terms between scholars, journalists, or activists. Such a co-operation should begin already in the planning stage of the project, and should be visible in the project budget.

We favour subjects and themes which are cross-disciplinary or inter-disciplinary, or marginal or outside the main stream. Until 2020, we take into account the emphases of our The changing ”neighbournesses” of Finland programme.

As far as research careers are concerned, we can fund both scholars working on their doctorates and more advanced researchers.

We also favour crossing national borders, such as Finnish applicants working abroad or foreign scholars doing research in Finland. Our geographical focus is on the regions surrounding the Baltic sea.

In non-fiction writing, we mainly fund non-fiction books in Finnish or translations into Finnish or from Finnish into other languages.

In the arts, we prefer to fund initiatives in which art has an intrinsic value. Projects that concern creative economy or applied arts are less central for us.

In art, we favour especially:

  • fields of art and culture which are new or emerging from the marginal
  • artistic and cultural projects which renovate and invigorate the field
  • projects with new approaches.

We mainly award grants for artistic work, but other expenses can also be compensated for.

Who can apply?

An individual, a working group, or an established organisation 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 you are working outside of Finland, your work should have a connection with Finland.

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

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

For which period are grants applied?

The grants available in the September funding call can be used from the beginning of the following year, at the earliest. Grants are not awarded retrospectively.

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

A Kone Foundation grant must be used for the purpose it has been awarded for. 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.


Thematic calls for applications

We also organize thematic grant calls. The purpose of these is to promote a multi-disciplinary approach and draw attention to current phenomena in the fields of Finnish research, arts and culture. Over the years 2016-2020 specially allocated grants will, in particular, be organised under the themes of the changing ”neighbournesses” of Finland programme. 

Thematic grant call in 2018  

Our vital neighbours (1.–15.9.2018). 

In autumn 2018, we will hold a thematic grant call on the neighbourliness of humans and other biological species.


How to apply for Lauttasaari manor residence

The Lauttasaari Manor Residency program will be launched in 2019.  Residency guests are selected through an open application process, which is organised in connection with the Foundation’s annual, general application call. 

The application call is open for Finnish arts or science organisations or actors working in the fields supported by the Foundation (all fields of art or social, human and environmental sciences), who can apply for the residency for their international guest.

The applicant can be an organisation (with a Finnish business ID) or a working group, for example, a research unit, think tank, group of artists or curators, art gallery, orchestra, festival or other art event.

The residency period can be 1-4 months between April 2019 and April 2020. In the application process small organisations with new initiatives are favoured instead of established institutions. We also prefer initiatives aiming for a longer residency period of 3-4 months. 

The Lauttasaari Manor Residence aims to support the international work opportunities and networking of professionals in the fields of art and science by collaborating with the organisation or actor that coordinate the residency visit, making it possible for a foreign expert of art and science to live and work in Finland.  

The Foundation provides support in the practical arrangements of the visit and a possibility to host discussions or other events during the residency.  The guest will also have a change to participate in activities or events organized by the Foundation.

In addition to the residence apartment, the residency includes a monthly working grant. See section Instructions for the online grant service ->Funding in detail for more information on amounts of grants.

Facilities

The residence apartment (38m2) is located on the island of Lauttasaari in Helsinki, on the second floor of the Red Villa in the courtyard of the Lauttasaari Manor. The apartment comprises a bedroom, a combined living room and work room, a kitchenette and a bathroom. There is a washing machine in the bathroom.  

Red Villa. Pictures: Neea Eloranta

 

How to apply 

Apply for the residency by submitting your application with its attachments using the online application service.  Application period for Lauttasaari Manor Residence is open from 1st of September until the 15th of September 16.00 (Finnish time)


Selecting the evaluator of the application

Selecting evaluators

The applicant must select which field they want the expert assessing their application to represent. A maximum of three selections can be made, but it is worth noting that the applications will generally be assessed by the expert selected as the first choice.

If you are applying for a grant in order to write a doctoral thesis in artistic research, please choose the Profile 1 from the profiles listed under Research.

In order to promote multidisciplinarity, we give the option to choose thematic evaluation in the arts instead of a field of arts. The applicant can choose an expert of a field or of an artistic theme. The applicant can choose if the method or the contents are more important in the work and its evaluation.

Read more about the Kone Foundation review process from the perspective of the evaluator from the Boldness blog.

 

The fields and artistic themes in the 2018 application call are:

Artistic field

  • Art curating
  • Arts and cultural policy, museum work
  • Arts criticism
  • Conceptual art
  • Film
  • Literature and verbal art
  • Media and sound art
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Site-specific and time-based art
  • Visual arts

Artistic theme

  • Community
  • Decolonisation
  • Encounter
  • Form
  • Posthumanism
  • Sex, gender
  • Time

Research disciplines for the 2018 application call are:

  • Administrative Science
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Artistic research on music
  • Artistic research on performing arts and film studies
  • Artistic research on visual arts
  • Biological and ecological environmental research
  • Communication studies
  • Contemporary culture studies
  • Environmental technology
  • Ethnology
  • Gender studies
  • History of Culture and Art 
  • Linguistics
  • Literary  studies
  • Musicology
  • Performing arts and film  studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physical and chemical environmental research
  • Political Economy 
  • Premodern History 
  • Research on the Global South 
  • Research on Politics
  • Social and political  history
  • Social psychology
  • Societal  environmental  research
  • Sociology
  • Visual arts studies

Instructions for the online grant service

This section includes guidelines for the online grant service. Please read the instructions carefully before writing your application. After logging in, detailed information on the different sections of the the application form can be found behind the ? -symbol.

Online grant service

Apply for funding by submitting your application with its attachments using the online application service. The sevice is open during the annual application period in September. Applications cannot be submitted after the deadline.

Only the applications submitted during the application period are considered.

  • Log in using your account information, or if you are a new applicant, create a new account.
  • Create a new application.
  • Fill in the required information.
  • Submit the application to Kone Foundation before the deadline.

Applicants who have sent their application by the deadline 15 September 16:00 Finnish time can add or edit attachments until  18 September 16:00 Finnish time. Please note: application cannot be edited in any other ways after the deadline.

Language of the application

We recommend that Finnish-writing applicants or a group consisting entirely of Finnish speakers write their applications and  attachments in Finnish. If a Finnish-writing applicant or a group consisting entirely of Finnish speakers is submitting an application in English, they are requested to write the title and summary in Finnish.

All the elements of an application can be in Swedish.

1. Type of the project

The applicant chooses a category for the project:

  • Work that combines academic research and artistic work, or work based on them
  • Academic research or work based on it
  • Artistic work or work based on it
  • Another kind of cultural work.

2. Core information on the project

In the summary (max 1,500 characters), please provide a short description of the main content of your study or project and methods of implementing work.

Kone Foundation’s goal is to advance bold initiatives in research and the arts. In the application form applicants should bring forth, what is bold in their project (max 500 characters).

The summary and the description of the bold initiative are  important in the evaluation of the application. The Foundation may use the summary for communicative purposes, for example on it’s website.

The applicant must provide a brief description of the duration of the project and its timetable on the application form and state whether the project has previously received funding from Kone Foundation.

Check the box on the page if the project is related to the Kone Foundation The changing ”neighbournesses” of Finland -programme.

3. Information on the applicant

If the applicant is a working group, the members of the group must select leader to submit the application in his/her own name. The working group can also be given a name.

If the applicant is an organisation with a Business ID, a leader must be selected for the project.

Individual applicants must fill in the application under their own name.

The details of working group members who are not applying for a personal monthly grant must also be listed on this page. The names of the members of the working group will be published on Kone Foundation’s website.

4. Funding in detail

Primary purpose

The primary purpose for the funding is selected on the application form:

  • Scientific research and/or artistic work
  • Development of the field (e.g. forming a network)
  • Organising an event (performance, exhibition, science event, etc.)
  • Publication or other content production

Please state an intended target audience for the last two alternatives.

Multi-year grant, funding for less than a year or    a kickstarter grant?

The applicant must select whether the grant that is being applied for is for a multi-year project, for a project lasting less than a year or a kickstarter grant for project development or piloting. The kickstarter grant is intended for a maximum of 6 months of work.

Personal monthly grants and other expenses

For individuals doing scholarly or artistic work, are  usually awarded with personal working grants instead of salaries.  Thus we can fund more researchers and artists, since funding for salaries would require at least 30% of additional expenses per person. Grants awarded by private foundations, such as Kone Foundation, are exempt from taxes below the limit of the Finnish state grant for artists.

The Kone Foundation grants are specified into monthly funding and other expenses on the application form.

Monthly grants

The amount of the personal monthly grant varies depending on the stage of your career. If the applicant applies for the larger monthly grant, a description of the applicant’s career stage must be included on the application.

Grant classification:

  • Grant 1: beginning of career (doctoral thesis) €2,400 /month (€28,800 /year)
  • Grant 2: mid-career (post-doctoral level) €2,800 /month (€33,600 /year)
  • Grant 3: experienced researcher (adjunct professor level) €3,500 /month (€42,000 /year).

If the applicant applies for grant 2 or 3, the applicant must state reasons on the application form.

Personal monthly grants are usually awarded for full-time work for a minumun of one month.

Smaller grants are available (25%, 50% or 75% of full grant) for part-time work.

The names of the recipients of the personal monthly grants are published on the Kone Foundation website.

Compensation for work lasting less than a month, such as a performance fee, can be applied for under other expenses, not as a monthly grant. When applying for a grant to cover fees and salary expenses, the applicant can include taxes and side costs in the applied amount if necessary.

Other expenses

If the funding is required for expenses other than personal monthly expenses, the reasons for this must be stated on the application form.

 

6. The following must be taken into account in continuation applications

If the applicant has previously received a Kone Foundation grant and provided a description of a multi-year plan in the original application form, the applicant must now apply for funding for the entire duration of the project in one go.

7. Facilities for research

The applicants who apply for research funding must fill in the answer to the question how they plan to arrange  their research facilities. This means the space where the research is done, and the other necessary equipment. In the form, choose either the agreement you have made with an   institution, or that you will personally arrange  the research facilities  (e.g. by working at home).

8. Funding from other sources

Please list all grants received during the preceding three years, and any applications that are pending at the time of applying for Kone Foundation funding. Applicants are requested to inform Kone Foundation immediately if other  funding is recieved  from any other source during Kone Foundation’s application processing. For projects, applicants must indicate on the application if they have sought funding for the same project from other sources.

If an applicant is granted Kone Foundation funding without having informed the Foundation of funding from other sources, the Kone Foundation decision may be repealed.

Kone Foundation grants are usually not awarded to applicants who already have secured financing for the project in question (grant or salary) for the entire coming year.

Research grant applicants must also indicate in their applications all salaried Doctoral Programs they have been granted or for which applications are still pending. They must also inform of any paid work related to the project to be funded.

9. Evaluator

Please check the seperate guidelines for Selecting the evaluator of the application.

10. Attachements

See section Appendices to the application

11. Proximity to the foundation

According to the Foundations Act, all foundations are required to provide information on their related party transactions. The act has a broad definition of a related party of a foundation. Please note that related parties may apply for funding from Kone Foundation. Foundations are required to disclose if they award funding to persons within the ‘narrow’ definition of a related party. The executives of the foundation cannot participate in the processing of applications from related parties in the broad sense. For these reasons all grant applicants will be asked about their relationship to the key persons of the foundation.

The question is based on the new Foundations Act, from 1 December 2015 onwards.

12. Weak signals and feedback

We ask our applicants for feedback. Your feedback does not effect  the evaluation of the application.

13. Agreement

Applicants have to agree to the conditions given on the application.


Appendices to the application

Attachments

The applicant’s ability  to successfully complete the project is evaluated based on the work plan, the curriculum vitae and other supporting documents that are attached to the application.

It is possible to add attachments until 18 September 16:00 Finnish time, if the application is submitted before the deadline 15 September 16:00 Finnish time.

Degree diplomas and permits for the public defence of academic dissertations awarded after the Kone Foundation deadline can be sent using the online application service by 15 November. Applicants can also inform funding received from other sources using the online application service.

All the necessary attachments should be uploaded to the online application system and attached to the application in PDF format. The maximum size for one file is 3 Mb. Remember to select the file type from the drop-down list on the online application form.

Please note that  we cannot accept attachments sent by mail or email.

Required attachments:

Individual applicant:

  • research or work proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • budget (a budget is included in the application if the applicant is applying for more than a monthly grant)
  • portfolio (artistic research or arts and culture)
  • reference (doctoral researchers)
  • copy of degree certificate (individual researcher applicants)

Work group:

  • research or work proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae for each project member (or summaries)
  • budget
  • portfolio (artistic research or arts and culture)

Organisation with a Business ID:

  • research or work proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae for each project member (or summaries)
  • budget
  • portfolio (artistic research or arts and culture)
  • copies of the annual report, financial statement and auditor’s report from the previous year

Please note. If the applicant has received a grant from Kone Foundation for the same purpose, the applicant must include with their application a short report (max. 2 pages) indicating the state of progress of the project.

 

Description of attachments

Research and work proposal

The maximum length of the research or work proposal for individual applicants is 4 pages, including possible bibliography. The maximum length of the research or work proposal for work groups or institutions is 8 pages.

In the evaluation of proposals attention is paid to its:

  • merit (academic merit in research projects)
  • topicality
  • new perspectives
  • boldness.

In general, the research proposal should include the following parts:

  • Introduction: The background of the research and its subject matter, and the significance of the proposed research in light of this background.
  • Aims, objectives: What is to be studied and why. The objectives must be indicated as clearly as possible, for example through research questions.
  • Research materials and methods: The research data or literature and the method chosen for analyzing or handling these materials.
  • Work outline: A short estimate of the expected duration of each phase of the project.
  • References, sources: There is no need for citations in the research proposal itself, but it is a good idea to include a concise list of the most important sources of the research.
  • It is also important to highlight the way in which your work is a bold initiative.

In addition to the above-mentioned, the research proposals for work group or institution should also include:

  • Names of participating researchers
  • Indication of applicants’ familiarity with the subject
  • Account of how any possible multidisciplinarity or interdisciplinarity is factored into the project.

A work plan is attached to projects which are not research projects. A good work plan should answer the questions Why, How, When, Who and With whom.

The work plan should include:

  • The aims and objectives of the project
  • A description of the working methods
  • The names of the participants and possible partners
  • Schedule
  • it is also important to highlight the way in which the work is a bold initiative.

Progress report

If the applicant has received grant from Kone Foundation for the same purpose, the applicant must include with their application a short report (max. 2 pages) indicating the state of progress of the project. The report should give a brief account of what has been achieved during the previous Kone Foundation funding period, and the current state of the project. In addition to the progress report, applicants must include with their applications an updated research proposal or work plan.

Curriculum vitae (CV) 

The purpose of the CV is to provide a concise overview of the applicant’s education and experience. It should include work experience, previous research, previously received grants, central publications, presentations and teaching experience. It is especially important to include those which are of particular relevance to the project for which Kone Foundation funding is sought. A researcher’s CV can be based on the template of the Finnish Advisory Board of Research Integrity. The CV should not exceed four pages. Please do not attach a separate publications list

Budget 

If a personal monthly grant alone is required to implement the project, there is no need to attach a budget to the application form.

It is important to try to estimate costs plausibly and precisely in the budget. Other possible sources of funding must also be mentioned. Even if only a portion of the funding of a project is being applied for from the Kone Foundation, the cost estimate for the entire project must be presented. A detailed budget facilitates the making of funding decisions. In projects that span several years, it is better to devise the budget according to the years of activity rather than calendar years.

In addition to a separate detailed project budget, the budget must be outlined in the online application form. The project’s annual personal monthly grants and any other expenses of the project, which are travel expenses, material and equipment expenses, additional labour force expenses, outsourced services and other costs, must be specified in the budget on the form. Only the Kone Foundation funding that is being applied for is entered on the form.

Budgets must also include the overhead applied for. Use the slot Other expenses on the online application form. Please note that usually Kone Foundation does not award more than 15 % overhead, and overheads are only paid for the other expenses, not the grants.

See budget example

Portfolio

Grant applications for arts and artistic research funding must include a portfolio. A portfolio showcases the artist’s ability in the relevant field and conveys an impression of him or her as an artist. A portfolio thus showcases the applicant’s level of artistic expression, quality of artistic thought, and any other special proficiency that the applicant finds relevant to mention. You can also compile your portfolio on your own website and attach the link to this in your application.

Certificate copies

Individual researchers applying for a personal monthly grant must include a copy of their most recent academic degree, or of the degree most relevant to the research project to be funded.

There is no need to have the copy stamped by a notary public.

A copy of a degree certificate can also be included in other applications, if desired, but it is most important for the CV to include education and qualifications.

Degree diplomas and permits for the public defence of academic dissertations awarded after the Kone Foundation deadline can be sent using the online application service by 15 November. Applicants can also inform funding received from other sources using the online application service.


Appending a reference to the application

References have an important role especially in grant applications for doctoral studies. They are useful in post-doctoral applications, too. Either the supervisor or another person familiar with the applicants’ work can submit a reference. If you give a reference to more than one applicant, the relative order of the applicants can influence the decisions. References can be submitted for other types of applications, too.

A request for recommendation is sent to the recommender by email on tab 8 of the application form.

The referee submits their reference  using the emailed link, which directs the reference directly as an attachment to your application.  The request may be answered in the service in Finnish or English.

In the service, the recommender can view your project or research plans included as attachments to the application, but no other information on your application.   Please note that by updating an attachment to the application will also update the version viewable in the recommendation service.

References must be submitted by 18 September 16:00 Finnish time. Only the references submitted during the application period are considered. If you wish to submit a reference by using other means, you can attach it to the application. In other cases, please contact the foundation office.

 


Processing the application and decisions

How are the applications processed?

The processing of applications is based on peer review. The reviewers are specialists in the relevant disciplines or fields.

There is usually just one reviewer per application. We estimate that in this way we can choose more interesting projects than when the reviewers are many and they must resort to compromise. Peer reviewers usually change each year in order to guarantee the diversity of views. The director general and the head of research funding are involved in assessing how realistic the plans are.

We do not publish the names of the evaluators, since we wish to allow and encourage the anonymous evaluators and peer reviewers to make bold funding suggestions.

Decisions

The Kone Foundation Board of Trustees will make the funding decisions in its autumn meeting in late November or early December. The list of grantees will be published on our web site soon after the meeting of the Board. The grantees will be notified by e-mail and by mail, and their names will be included in the annual report of the foundation.

Criteria

The Board of Kone Foundation does not state the reasons for individual funding decisions. Among the criteria used in the reviewing process, one can list the following:

  • The application, the attached CV’s, and the other relevant documents are used to evaluate the capacities of the applicant(s) to carry out the project successfully. In evaluating the work plan, the reviewers focus on the scholarly and / or artistic excellence, feasibility, topicality, new approaches, and boldness.
  • If funding is applied for work on a doctoral thesis, do remember to include a reference from a supervisor or from another person familiar with the work
  • In the decision process, the totality of the applications has its significance, too: the applications are compared to each other
  • The decisions are influenced by the strategy of the foundation
  • Moreover, other aspects relevant to society and to research and art policies are considered. With its decisions, the foundation aims to promote the versatile development of Finnish culture.

Privacy protection

All applications are handled confidentially. Persons involved in processing and evaluating the applications do not publicly discuss any applicant’s characteristics, personal circumstances or any information relating to any applicant’s economic situation.

The data that applicants convey about themselves by applying for Kone Foundation research funding are entered into a personal data register held by the foundation. The registrar’s rights to collect, store, use and otherwise handle personal data are regulated by law. These general legal provisions are contained in the Act on the Protection of Privacy in Electronic Communications (516/20014).

Every ‘data subject’ (i.e., the person to whom the personal data pertains) has the right to access and inspect the personal data relating to themselves. According to Finnish privacy protection laws, secrecy regulations must not infringe the right of persons to obtain knowledge as to whether personal data pertaining to him or her is stored in a personal data register, and if so in what manner. The registrar must also respond to any requests for access to one’s own personal data by informing the person concerned of the sources of information in question. The registrar must also inform the person concerned as to how their personal data are used, and of any third parties to which it is regularly released.

The right of access can be withheld in certain situations regulated by the privacy protection laws, and the right of access does not apply, i.e., to information collected for purely scientific and statistical purposes.

Requests for access to the personal registry data are to be sent to Kone Foundation in writing, or made in person at the Kone Foundation office. For more information see Sections 26-28 of the Personal Data Act (523/1999). The required information must be given without undue delay, in an intelligible form, and in writing if requested. If carried out only once per year, the right of access is free of charge.

Information on Kone Foundation’s research grant applicant and recipient register and on implementing one’s right of access can be found in the description of Kone Foundation’s data protection procedures.


Frequently asked questions

When are the decisions on the awarded grants made?
The decisions are announced at the beginning of December. The exact date will be announced later. We will send an email to all the grant applicants. In addition, the grant recipients will get a letter of notification by mail. We will also publish the names of grant recipients on the website and in our annual report.

Can I apply for a grant for two different applications?
An applicant can apply for more than one grant. However, this must be mentioned on each application (application section Other funding). Please also mention if you are applying for a grant for the same purpose from elsewhere.

Language of the application?
We hope that Finnish-writing applicants or a group consisting entirely of Finnish speakers write their applications and the attachments in Finnish. If a Finnish-writing applicant or a group consisting entirely of Finnish speakers is submitting an application in English, they must write the summary in Finnish. Other applicants can use English. All the elements of an application can be in Swedish.

What is the difference between a personal monthly grant and other expenses? Can I apply for both?
A personal monthly grant is for individuals doing scholarly or artistic work. Such grants are paid directly to the grantees. The size of the personal monthly grant varies depending on experience. Other expenses can be travel or material expenses, for example. Please note: Compensation for work lasting less than a month, such as a performance fee, is to be applied for under other expenses, not as a monthly grant. When applying for a grant to cover fees and salary expenses, the applicant must remember to take taxes and side costs into consideration.

Please remember to apply for a personal monthly grant and other expenses with the same application. It is also possible to apply only for a personal monthly grant or other expenses. It is important to make a realistic budget estimate.

What are the amounts of the Kone Foundation personal monthly grants?
The size of the personal monthly grant varies depending on experience. The grant sizes are:

  • Grant 1: beginning of career (doctoral thesis work) €2,400 /month (€28,800 /year)
  • Grant 2: mid-career (post-doctoral level) €2,800 /month (€33,600 /year)
  •  Grant 3: experienced researcher (adjunct professor level) €3,500 /month (€42,000 /year).

If you apply for grant 2 or 3, please provide justification in the application form.

We award personal monthly grants to enable applicants to work full-time. Smaller grants are available (25%, 50% or 75% of full grant) for part-time work.

How should I report on the progress of my project if I apply for continuation funding?
If you have previously received a Kone Foundation grant with a multi-year plan for the same project, you can apply for continuation. Just indicate that you have received funding for the same project previously.

In both cases, you must include with the application a short report (max. 2 pages) indicating the state of progress of the project. The report should give a brief account of what has been achieved during our previous funding period, and the current state of the project. In addition, an updated research proposal or work plan should be included. Please note that you should apply for funding for the entire duration of the project in one go.

Can I apply for a grant for my practical training or master’s degree studies?
Kone Foundation only awards grants for researchers who have already completed their master’s level degree. Grants are not awarded for studies or practical training.

Can I apply for a grant for anonymous group members?
We understand that it is not always possible to know all the names of those who will work in the group. In that case you omit the names, for example Doctoral student xx, light designer xx.

Can I apply for a grant for a work group member who is working abroad?
Yes. Grants can be awarded for people working outside Finland. Payments can also be made to foreign bank accounts. However, the project members or the theme should have a connection with Finland.

Can I apply for a grant for my doctoral thesis if I am not enrolled at university?
Yes, you can apply for a grant if you send your master’s degree certificate using the online application service by 15 November. You do not have to be in a doctoral programme.

I will only receive my permission to defend my thesis after the end of the application period. Can I apply for a grant despite this?
You can apply for a grant if you send your degree certificate or permission to defend your thesis using the online application service by 15 November.

Can I apply for a grant for one year for my doctoral thesis (grant level 1) and grant level 2 (post doc) for the following years?
If you are part of a research group, you (or the project leader) can apply for the grant level 1 for the first year and grant level 2 afterwards for you. Please note however that we can start to pay grant level 2 (post doc) after you have defended your academic dissertation. (Or completed your degree in a doctoral school outside of Finland.)

Can I apply for a grant for the finalization of my doctoral thesis?
Yes, you can.

Can Kone Foundation pay salaries for researchers through their universities?
For individuals doing scholarly or artistic work, Kone Foundation awards grants, not funding for salaries. These are paid directly to the grantees. For a research assistant and a project leader it is possibly to apply for funding for salaries, which can be paid through the university.

Can I be a project leader and a project member in the same application and receive a monthly grant?
For individuals doing scholarly or artistic work, Kone Foundation awards grants. In research projects, however, salary funding is applied for research assistants, and it can be awarded for project leaders.

Can I apply for an overhead required by the university?
Yes. The budget attachment must include the overhead applied for. Use the slot Other expenses on the online application form. Please note that usually Kone Foundation does not award more than 15 % overhead, and overheads are only paid for the other expenses, not the grants.

What is a portfolio? Can it be a link to my website?
A portfolio showcases the artist’s ability in the relevant field. A portfolio should thus show the applicant’s level of artistic expression, quality of artistic thought, and any other special proficiency that the applicant finds relevant to mention. You can also compile your portfolio on your own website and include the link in your application.

My research proposal is longer than 4 pages, what should I do?
The maximum length of the research proposal or work plan for individual applicants is 4 pages, including the eventual bibliography. For group projects, the maximum length is 8 pages. However, applications with longer proposals can be considered.

My supervisor just sent me a paper version of the reference. What should I do?
The best way to provide a reference is through the link provided send directly from the application form.

My email address has changed. How can I order a new password?
Please create a new username.

Why was I not awarded a grant?
In the past years Kone Foundation has recieved over 6,000 applications anually. Unfortunately, we do not provide reasons for individual grant decisions. The foundation receives a large number of excellent applications each year and is unable to provide funding for a majority.