Thematic grant call for 2020: Sustainable Development, Russia, and Finland

The thematic grant call for The Changing Neighbournesses of Finland programme for 2020 has been published. It will focus on Russia and the relations between Finland and Russia from the angle of the environment and sustainable development.

The thematic funding call of Kone Foundation in 2020 is called Sustainable Development, Russia, and Finland. The call is part of the programme The Changing Neighbournesses of Finland. It will focus on Russia and the relations between Finland and Russia from the angle of the environment and sustainable development. The funding call will be organised in connection with the Kone Foundation annual funding call on 1–15 Sept. 2020.

Within the thematic call, the foundation can fund research and research-based work on sustainable development and environmental issues in the broad sense. The funded projects can focus on, for example, environmental co-operation between Finland and Russia; Russian environmental issues in a local, European, or global context; historical and political changes; the societal or economic aspects of sustainable development; environmental movements; or different kinds of discourses concerning the environment (rhetoric, literature, or journalism). The disciplines funded by the foundation are humanities, social sciences, environmental sciences, and artistic research.

Cross-border cooperation is emphasized: it is required that there are partners based both in Finland and in Russia in the projects. The applicants (project leaders)  are individual academics, but the administration of the projects must take place in Finnish research organisations. The foundation can pay the personal grants of the participants based in Russia directly to the grantees.

Kone Foundation encourages the applicants to initiate and develop different forms of equal collaboration between researchers and civil society actors. According to the principles of the foundation, multidisciplinary work between environmental sciences, social sciences, and humanities, as well as cooperation between academic and artistic approaches, are emphasized. Moreover, the foundation wishes the applicants to consider outreach beyond the academic community: in addition to the project plan, a concise separate communication plan (see Attachments) must be attached to the applications. The maximum duration of the projects can be four years, and applications are submitted in the online application service of Kone Foundation. Finnish and English can be used in the applications. The funding allocated to the thematic funding call is in all approximately 3 million euros.


The thematic grant call takes place simultaneously with the annual grant application period from 1 September to 15 September 2020. See further instructions on applying: For grant applicants

More information

Kalle Korhonen, Director of Research Funding,


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