Kone Foundation Grants for Finland-related Research


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.

Our next annual grant call will be open between 1 and 15 September, 2019.

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.  

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.

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.

How to apply for Lauttasaari Manor Residency

The Lauttasaari Manor Residency programme is a new initiative that aims to support international and collaborative projects, research and networking amongst Finnish and international art and research professionals. Residency guests are selected through an application process held during the Foundation’s annual grant call. The residency is also targeted toward organisations who wish to invite a foreign expert to work with their team in Finland for 1–4 months.

The application call is open to Finnish arts and research organisations and those working in the fields supported by the Foundation, including all fields of art and research in humanities as well as social and environmental studies. Organisations with a Finnish business ID may apply for the residency on behalf of their international guests. The applying organisation may be a working group (such as a research unit or think-tank), a group of artists or curators, an art gallery, an orchestra or an association organising an arts-based festival or event.

The residency period can last 1–4 months and may take place between April 2020 and April 2021. In the application process, small organisations offering fresh initiatives are generally favoured over established institutions. We also prefer initiatives aiming for a longer residency period of 3–4 months.

In addition to applying for the residency, the applicant, along with its guest, is responsible for setting the goals of residency, as well as organising a guest programme and other practical arrangements. The overall objective is to support the international networking of Finns operating in the academic and artistic spheres. The visiting expert’s activities should include working in a public space and/or with communities. Residencies should primarily focus on interaction and knowledge sharing. 

In addition to the accommodations at the residence’s apartment, the residency includes a monthly working grant and, if necessary, a grant cover other expenses, as well as the possibility of a separate working space for the guest. For more information on grant sums, please see > Funding in detail for more information on the grant sums.

The Foundation provides support in the practical arrangements of the visit at Lauttasaari Manor and the possibility to host discussions or other events during the residency. Guests have the opportunity to engage in discussion with other professionals and to organise events for establishing contacts and exchanging ideas. The staff at Lauttasaari Manor support residency guests by inviting them to joint meetings with those working at the manor and through other open activities or events organised by the Foundation.


The residency 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 workspace, a kitchenette and a bathroom with a washing machine. The residency guest also has the opportunity to use a workshop space in the manor’s yard or a shared office in the manor’s main building.

How to apply 

Apply for the residency by submitting your application with its attachments using the online application service.  The application period for the Lauttasaari Manor Residency is open from 1 September 2019 until 15 September 2019, 16.00 (Finnish time).

The guest’s CV, total budget and working plan (which shall include the goals and planned forms of cooperation related to the residence period) should be attached to the application. The application must specify the duration of the work and the preferred dates.

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.

The fields and artistic themes in the 2019 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 2019 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

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.


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.


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.
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