Grants to Apply

The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation awards grants for the promotion and support of cultural and economic development in Finland. Grants can be sought in the areas of research, art and societal activities in the yearly application process. The application period is in the spring. The Foundation also takes part in joint grant pools of Finnish foundations.

The yearly application period is in May.

We award grants broadly to different fields

Fields of Science

Grants for scientific work

Grants are awarded broadly to different fields of science to both basic and applied research. Note that as a rule we don’t award grants in the fields of medicine and biomedicine, since they are furthered through funding the Wihuri Research Institute.

Grants can be applied for doctoral thesis work and post-doctoral 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. Also research groups can apply for funding.

Grants for projects that further research or the appreciation and impact of research in society

Fields of Art

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

Prerequisites for artistic work can be working grants (for instance in music, dance, theatre or literacy). Such prerequisites can also be funding for instrument purchases and organising performances and concerts.

It is also possible to apply funding for initiatives that develop a field.

Note that as a rule, we don’t award working grants or funding for organising exhibitions in visual arts. We already further visual arts through residence programs and by making art acquisitions to the Wihuri Foundation Art Collection.

Societal activities

Societal activities is all such work that contributes to building an active and inclusive civil society. Societal activities include for example youth work, entrepreneurship skills, peace negotiation and cultural activities.

What kind of funding and for who?

Individuals, working groups and organisations (such as associations) can apply for grants. We award mainly working grants for individuals and expenditure grants for organisations.

Good to know

Grants are awarded each year on October 9th. A list of awarded grants will be published on the Foundation website. All grant applicants will be informed about the decisions via email. Successful grant applicants will also receive a letter.

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

The Foundations’ Post Doc Pool is a grant resource set up by Finnish foundations, all members of the Council of Finnish Foundations, and intended for post-doctoral research abroad that lasts for at least one semester. The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation participates in the Foundations’ Post doc pool.

On the current three year period (2019-2021) the Pool is set up by the Emil Aaltonen Foundation, Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Foundation for Economic Education, Paulo Foundation, Päivikki and Sakari Sohlberg Foundation, Finnish Academy for Science and Letters, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Finnish Medical Foundation, Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, Society of Swedish Literature in Finland, Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation and Ulla Tuominen Foundation, which allocate 3 200 000 euros to the Pool annually.

A Board with representatives appointed by each member foundation manages the Pool. The Pool takes care of expert review of applications and preparatory work, after which the foundations involved will make the actual grant decisions.The Post Doc-pool has two application rounds per year. The spring application round takes place in December-January and the autumn application round in August-September.

More detailed information can be found here.

Post Docs in Companies is a matchmaking program aiming to facilitate the employment of young doctors to the private sector and, at the same time, contribute to the strategic renewal of Finnish business life. Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation participates in the Finnish foundations’ joint PoDoCo -program.

PoDoCo-program is aimed for young doctors who have recently completed or will soon complete their doctoral degree. PoDoCo program has two application rounds each year and awards some 10 post-doctoral grants in each round.

PoDoCo-program, is a joint initiative of Finnish universities, industry and foundations. PoDoCo program is set up by Finnish Cultural Foundation, Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion, Foundation for Economic Education, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, KAUTE Foundation, Maj and Tor Nesslingin Foundation, Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation, the Paulo Foundation, Maa- ja vesitekniikan tuki ry and DIMECC.

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