HSSH Catalyst Grant 2024 Call Open Now

The yearly HSSH Catalyst Grant call is open – send your application by 4.10.2023!

The mission of the Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities (HSSH) is to enhance methodological development, build new research infrastructures and support multidisciplinary research networks at the University of Helsinki. One element in this work is the HSSH Catalyst Grant, a yearly round of open support for research groups at the City Centre Campus. The call for the HSSH Catalyst Grant 2024 is now open and the deadline for applications is October 4th, 2023.

Decisions for the 2024 grants will be prepared by a working group led by the director of HSSH. Funding decision will be announced on November 15th, 2023.

All funding must be used before November 30, 2024.

The Catalyst Grant provides modest but strategical support to existing and emerging research groups. Groups can apply support for a variety of needs, ideas and cooperative initiatives. These may, for instance, include support for:

  • Acquiring necessary technological devices and systems that support the shared research infrastructure at UH, particularly in the City Centre Campus,
  • Collecting new data that benefits several research initiatives,
  • Enabling wider and sustainable use of infrastructures that have been developed organically in research groups (e.g. data, software)
  • Initiating innovative and cooperative projects that open new insights, relationships and aim at publishing such ideas,
  • Building new national and international networks.

We also encourage applicants to suggest ideas other than the ones sketched above. The evaluation process pays particular attention to the following criteria: testing and developing new ideas, reaching for multidisciplinarity, the feasibility of suggested action, and promise of added value for other researchers in the SSH field (beyond the applying research group).


All existing and emerging research groups working in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities at the City Centre Campus can apply for the grant. The Principal Investigator (PI) of the application must be affiliated with one of the partner units of HSSH (Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Education,  Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Swedish School of Social Sciences, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies).

The grant is primarily directed to initiatives that enforce multidisciplinary networking, co-operation between UH research groups or initiating new research groups. Several research groups are encouraged to apply together for shared purposes.

Further inquiries

HSSH University researcher Heta Moustgaard, heta.moustgaard@helsinki.fi

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