Apply for a grant for research on the treatment and rehabilitation of occupational diseases and traumatic injuries
The application period for grants for investigating the treatment and rehabilitation of occupational diseases and traumatic injuries is open from 1 November to 15 December 2021.

Finance Finland, the Finnish Workers’ Compensation Center and the Finnish Motor Insurers’ Centre are funding impact studies on the treatment and rehabilitation of traumatic injuries and occupational diseases through the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Medicine. In addition to such impact studies, researchers, research communities and research groups can apply for a grant for studies on factors relevant to fitness for work that stem from occupational diseases or injuries.

A working committee composed of experts assembled by the Faculty of Medicine will assess the grant applications. The dean of the Faculty will decide on the grant recipients upon the committee’s proposal in February 2022.

When deciding on the grants, the exploitation potential of the research in the treatment and rehabilitation of injuries resulting from traffic or occupational accidents will be taken into account. The research to be funded must be practical and based on a long-term approach.

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The maximum amount of funding available is €70,000 per year. The funding can be used for researchers’ grants and research expenses, but not for salaries. The funding will be granted for one to three years at a time. Applications can be submitted by individual researchers, research communities and research groups.

The first funding period will begin from the date of the funding decision and end on 31 December 2022. The research grant for 2022 must be used by 31 December 2022. Recipients of funding commit to submitting a one-page report on the results and use of funds each year, for the first time by the end of January 2023.

Applications will be assessed by a working committee appointed by the Faculty of Medicine. The committee members represent various universities and expert organisations. The dean of the Faculty of Medicine will decide on the grant recipients upon the committee’s proposal in February 2022.

The research groups/researchers involved in the research work are responsible for research ethics procedures and compliance with them.

The researchers themselves must see to the pension (Mela), tax and other obligations and notifications associated with the grant. Further information.

Applications should be submitted by completing the relevant e-form no later than 15 December 2021 at 4pm. Applications must be accompanied by the following documents in PDF format:

  • a research plan (max. 10 pages, including following titles 1. Aim and objectives, 2. Implementation, 3. Research team and collaborators, 4. Responsible science, 5. Societal effects and impact, 6. Bibliography)
  • a funding plan
  • the curriculum vitae (2-4 pages)
  • list of publications of the person in charge of the research (top 10 publications from last 5 years)

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application form (Open from November 1 at 12 noon)

Criteria for evaluating applications: the application complies with the requirements of the funding announcement. The research has impact, especially on the treatment and rehabilitation of traumatic injuries and occupational diseases and increasing the fitness for work. Other criteria;  scientific quality, innovativeness and novelty value of the research as well as its impact within the scientific community, competence of applicant or research team in terms of project implementation, feasibility of research plan (incl. research ethics) and quality of research environment and collaborative networks.

Further information about the application process can be obtained from Alise Hyrskyluoto, senior advisor at Research Services (alise.hyrskyluoto@helsinki.fi, tel: 0294125352).