Processing the applications and decisions

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

Kone Foundation usually assigns one reviewer per application. In our view, more artistically and scientifically interesting projects are selected in this way than as a result of the work of several evaluators – which often requires compromises. In order to guarantee a diversity of perspectives, new peer reviewers are typically assigned each year. The executive director and the director of research funding are 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We do not publish the names of the evaluators, as we wish to allow and encourage the anonymous evaluators and peer reviewers to make bold funding suggestions.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 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 scholarly and / or artistic excellence, feasibility, topicality, fresh approaches, and boldness.
  • If funding is being sought for work on a doctoral thesis, do remember to include a reference from a supervisor or another person familiar with the work.
  • In the decision process, the totality of the applications poses significance: the applications are compared.
  • The decisions are influenced by the Foundation’s strategy
  • Moreover, other aspects relevant to society and to research and art policies are considered. With its decisions, the Foundation aims to promote the multifaced development of Finnish culture.


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 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 upon 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 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 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 Kone Foundation’s Privacy Policy Statement.


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