Evaluation and decisions

The processing of applications is based on peer review. The reviewers, who change annually, are specialists in research and art. The yearly funding decisions are announced in early December.


The processing of applications is based on peer review. The reviewers, who change annually, are specialists in research and art. The yearly funding decisions are announced in early December.

Kone Foundation typically assigns one reviewer per application. In our view, this results in the selection of more artistically and scientifically compelling projects than when reviewed by several evaluators – a process that often requires compromise. In order to guarantee a diversity of perspectives, new peer reviewers are typically assigned each year. The Foundation’s grant specialists are also involved in assessing the feasibility of applicants’ plans.

We do not publish the names of the evaluators, as we wish to allow and encourage the anonymous evaluators and peer reviewers to have freedom in making their funding suggestions.


The Kone Foundation Board of Trustees will make the funding decisions in its meeting in late November or early December. The list of grantees will be published on our website soon after. The grantees will be notified by email and mail, and their names will be included in the Foundation’s annual report.


The Kone Foundation Board does not state the reasons for individual funding decisions. Among the criteria used in the reviewing process are the following:

  • The funding decisions are guided by the central values defined in the Foundation’s strategy
  • The application, the attached CVs, 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 scholarly and/or artistic excellence and feasibility
  • If funding is being sought for doctoral thesis support, please include a reference from a supervisor or other person familiar with the work
  • With its decisions, the Foundation aims to promote the multifaceted development of Finnish research and the arts.

Protection of privacy

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

Every “data subject” (i.e., the person to whom the personal data pertains) has the right to access and inspect the data relating to themselves. According to Finnish privacy protection laws, regulations must not infringe upon the right of persons to obtain knowledge as to whether personal data pertaining to them is stored in a personal data register, and if so in what manner. The registrar must 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 is used and of any third parties to which it is regularly released.

The right of access can be withheld in certain situations regulated by privacy protection laws and to which 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. The required information must be provided without undue delay in an intelligible form and, if requested, in writing. 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 Kone Foundation’s Privacy Policy Statement.