Call for Applications 2023

Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation is building basic conditions for a thriving society by enabling research, art, and societal activities. We support work, new initiatives, and development projects in the fields of science, art, and societal activities.

Grant applications are filled out on online grant service during the application period, which was from 7 May to 31 May 2023. The next application round will be organized in the spring of 2024.

The next application round will be organized in the spring of 2024.

Please read carefully the instructions for applying before you start filling in the application form.

Grants are awarded broadly to different fields

Grants for science

Scientific work

Grants for the fields of science are primarily awarded for research work. Grants can be applied for doctoral thesis work, post-doctoral research and other research. In addition, it is possible to apply for a homing grant which is research funding for a person returning to Finland after post-doctoral research abroad, intended to the establishment of a research group of one’s own. Research groups can apply for part-funding of their research projects.

Grants are awarded broadly to different fields of science to both basic and applied research. However, we do not award grants in the fields of medicine and biomedicine, since they are furthered through funding the Wihuri Research Institute.

Other activities that further the appreciation and impact of science

Grants may also be applied for other activities that further research or the appreciation and impact of science in the society.

Grants for art

Grants in the fields of art are intended to create prerequisites for artistic work and for encountering and experiencing art in the society.

For example, you can apply for a working grant for artistic work in the fields of music, literature, dance or theater, as well as grants for instrument purchases or organizing performances and events. It is also possible to apply for grants for initiatives and development projects in the fields of art and culture.

We support visual arts mainly by making art acquisitions to the Wihuri Foundation Collection in the Rovaniemi Art Museum, and by maintaining visual arts residency programs. Therefore in principle, we do not award working grants in the field of visual arts or grants for organizing exhibitions.

Grants for societal activities

Societal activities is all such work that builds an active and inclusive civil society. Societal activities include, for example, youth work, voluntary national defense work, cultural activities, and promotion of entrepreneurial skills. However, societal activities may include other themes, too.

What kind of funding and for whom?

Individuals, working groups (consisting of individuals), and organizations can apply for grants. We award mainly working grants for individuals and expenditure grants for organizations.

In principle, the grant applicant seeking funding should be Finnish or the project should take place in Finland or have a strong link to Finland.

Good to know about the application process

A list of awarded grants will be published on the Foundation website 9 of October 2023. All grant applicants will be informed about the decisions via email by the end of September. Successful grant applicants will also receive a letter.

Final decisions about grants are made by the board of Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation. The board uses the help of experts of different fields when assessing the grant proposals. You can read more about the assessment of applications here.

Any questions?

Please first read the instructions carefully. We answer questions related to grants and applying on weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm.

Tel: +358 (0)9 454 2400

For technical questions related to the online grant service, please contact: