HELSUS funding
The aim of HELSUS funding is to enhance the development of sustainability science research at the University of Helsinki, to increase the amount of external research funding for sustainability research, and to promote international research collaboration.
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HELSUS funding decisions

HELSUS FUNDING DECISIONS: CALL FOR POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER FUNDING, SEED FUNDING and SOCIETAL IMPACT FUNDING autumn 2021

Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science is a cross-faculty research platform in sustainability science within the University of Helsinki. The aim of the HELSUS funding is to enhance the development of sustainability science research at the University of Helsinki, to increase the amount of external research funding for sustainability science research and to enhance societal impact of sustainability sciences. 

The HELSUS funding call was open from 1 October 2021 to 29 October 2021 (call announcement enclosed) for HELSUS members from the HELSUS Faculties: Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Arts, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Educational Sciences, Law, Pharmacy, Science and Social Sciences. The call was not open for the members of the HELSUS Steering Group.

The HELSUS Steering Group evaluated the applications using the evaluation criteria mentioned in the call text. The Academy of Finland regulations for disqualification of reviewers were followed and disqualified Steering Group members did not participate in the discussion or decision making.

The total available funding for the call consisting of Rector’s strategic funding and contributions from the HELSUS Faculties. The total available funding was 820 000 € for two years. The funding was allocated to three funding instruments: Postdoctoral researcher funding, Seed funding and Societal impact funding. The HELSUS postdoctoral researcher funding was directed for HELSUS member’s personal postdoc funding or for recruiting a postdoctoral researcher. Furthermore, three thematic areas for postdoctoral funding were available for applicants: A) Societal impact of sustainability science, B) Sustainability transformation of higher education and C) Sustainable and carbon neutral higher education institutions. There were no applications for the category C. In total 48 applications were received.

Postdoc­toral re­searcher fund­ing

Postdoctoral researcher funding was granted to the following researchers:

Tuomas Aivelo (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences) —  120 000 €
Project funding for Cohabitation with undesired others in urban spaces – from theory to practice
Thematic funding A: Societal impact of sustainability science

Dorothee Cambou (Faculty of Law) — 120 000 €
Project funding for Just Sustainability for indigenous peoples:  Defining the role of the law to ensure corporate due diligence for the rights of indigenous peoples

Ted Hsuan Yun Chen (Faculty of Social Sciences) — 120 000 €
Personal funding for Modeling Belief Systems Surrounding Fairness in Climate Migration Using Network Science

Roope Kaaronen (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences) — 115 000 €
Personal funding for Thinking with Environments: Rules of Thumb and Human Adaptation from Holocene to Anthropocene

Michiru Nagatsu (Faculty of Social Sciences) — 120 000 €
Project funding for Forging Sustainability Science for Societal Change
Thematic funding A: Societal impact of sustainability science

Christopher Raymond (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences) — 120 000 €
Project funding for A cross-institutional approach to examining the alignment between sustainability transformation competencies of higher education
Thematic funding B: Sustainability transformation of higher education

Reserve list:

  1. Salvatore Ruggiero (Faculty of Social Sciences) — 120 000 €
    Project funding for REORIENT
    Thematic funding B: Sustainability transformation of higher education
  2. Ilkka Miettinen (Faculty of Pharmacy) — 120 000 €
    Personal funding for Multi-disciplinary sustainability education for future healthcare and life science professionals
    Thematic funding B: Sustainability transformation of higher education
  3. Jenni Mölkänen (Faculty of Social Sciences) — 120 000 €
    Personal funding for Debts, social differentiation and Tsimihety politics in rural northeastern Madagascar
    Thematic funding A: Societal impact of sustainability science

Seed fund­ing

Seed funding was granted for the following projects:

Marjaana Jauhola (Faculty of Social Sciences) — 21 600 €
for Worlding Feminisms (WoFem): Care through Foods and Fibres in the Times of Crisis

Markus Kröger (Faculty of Social Sciences) — 22 000 €
for Tipping Point Politics and Extractive Political Economies

John Sumelius (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry) — 23 400 €
for Coordination of research on malnutrition

Teivo Teivainen (Faculty of Social Sciences) — 16 300 €
for Impact of transnational investment protection mechanisms on sustainability of Finnish pulp production in Uruguay

So­ci­etal im­pact fund­ing

Societal impact funding was granted for the following projects:

Aina Brias Guinart (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences) — 4910 €
for Research and practice of environmental education and biodiversity conservation in Madagascar

Barry Gills (Faculty of Social Sciences) — 4950 €
for Public facing events the Global Extractivisms and Alternatives Initiative (EXALT)

Maija Heikkilä (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences) — 4000 €
for Building and implementing a youth-targeted outreach product “Arctic change and sustainability solutions”

Galina Kallio (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry) — 5000 €
for Podcast series Shifters of Paradigms

Franklin Obeng-Odoom Gills (Faculty of Social Sciences) — 5000 €
for The HELSUS Global South Encounters (GSEs)

HELSUS will provide separate instructions on the use of the funding. Researchers who have received funding must submit a report on the use of funding after the funding period.

HELSUS fund­ing de­cisions: Call for HELSUS seed fund­ing, research col­lab­or­a­tion fund­ing and so­ci­etal im­pact fund­ing au­tumn 2020

Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) is a cross-faculty research unit in sustainability science within the University of Helsinki. The aim of the HELSUS funding is to enhance the development of sustainability science research in the University of Helsinki, to increase the amount of external research funding for sustainability research, to promote international research collaboration and to make societal impacts that enhances sustainability.

The HELSUS funding call was open from 28 September 26 October 2020 (call announcement) for HELSUS members from the HELSUS Faculties: Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Arts, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Educational Sciences, Law, Science and Social Sciences. The call was not open for the members of the HELSUS Steering Group. In total 23 eligible applications were received.

The HELSUS Steering Group evaluated the applications using the evaluation criteria mentioned in the call text. The Academy of Finland regulations for disqualification of reviewers were followed, and disqualified Steering Group members did not participate in the discussion or decision making.

The total available funding for the call was approximately 415 000 € consisting of Rector’s strategic funding and contributions from the HELSUS Faculties. HELSUS Steering Group decided to grant funding in the following three funding categories.

SEED FUND­ING

Seed funding was granted for the following projects:

Ulrika Candolin (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences), 28703 € 
Light pollution - a cause of insect decline?                                         

Fabio Valoppi (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry), 27000 €
Novel digital tools for food science (iFOOD)                                                          

Niklas Jensen-Eriksen (Faculty of Arts) 29956 €
Circular economy before circular economy: Business history of waste and scarcity

Juha Mikola (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences), 21130 €
Nitrogen fixation and cycling as drivers of climate warming effects and feedbacks in northern ecosystems (NITRODRIVER)

Pedro Camargo (Faculty of Science), 29964 €
Plasmonic photocatalysis for the solar- driven CO2 reduction

Pasi Heikkurinen (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry), 23000 €
Bioeconomy and Strongly Sustainable Organization (BASSO)

Ian MacGregor Fors (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences), 24026 €
Urban ecosystem integrity in southern Finland

Eliisa Kylkilahti (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry), 30000€
ConPaSS: Consumer-inclusive packaging system: sustainability with circularity and bio-based materials

Sirpa Kokko (Faculty of Educational Sciences), 30000 €
Education for sustaining the livelihood and cultural heritage of crafts

Robert Luxenhofer (Faculty of Science), 29989 €
Microfiber scaffold from biopolymers

Gutu Wayessa (Faculty of Social Sciences), 30000 €
The Oromo Gadaa System: An Alternative Human-Environmental Governance for Sustainability

Stef Spronck (Faculty of Arts), 2400 €
Language endangerment and well-being: Questions for sustainable linguistics

RESEARCH COL­LAB­OR­A­TION FUND­ING

Research collaboration funding was granted for collaboration with the following international researchers:

Seona Candy (Faculty of Science), 5000 €​​​​​​​
for inviting PhD researcher Anni Müüripeal, Tallinn University

Iryna Herzon (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry), 4800 €​​​​​​​
for collaboration with Dr Mar Cabeza-Jaimejuan, University of Helsinki

SO­CI­ETAL IM­PACT FUND­ING

Societal impact funding was granted for the following projects:

Angelina Korsunova (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry), 5000 €​​​​​​​
HELSUS Youth

Mikko Saikku (Faculty of Arts), 15000 €​​​​​​​
The Helsinki Envhum Festival

Shahzad Gani (Faculty of Science), 15000 €​​​​​​​
Atmospheric Tales podcast

Ellen Eftestøl (Faculty of Law), 16400€​​​​​​​
Creating Systemic Change for a Green Freight Transport Market - A Nordic collaboration driving global change

HELSUS will provide separate instructions on the use of the funding. Researchers who have received funding must submit a report on the use of funding after the funding period.

Further information: 
​​​​​​​Ulla Lahtinen, Senior Advisor, Research Services
​​​​​​​helsus-research-admin@helsinki.fi 

HELSUS fund­ing de­cisions: Call for HELSUS Fel­low­ships, Seed Fund­ing and In­ter­na­tional Vis­it­or’s Program Au­tumn 2019

The third call for HELSUS funding was open from 23 September to Monday 21 October 2019 (call announcement). The call was open for HELSUS members from HELSUS Faculties: Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Arts, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Education, Law, Science, Social Sciences.

The aim of the HELSUS funding is to enhance the development of sustainability science research in the University of Helsinki, to increase the amount of external research funding for sustainability research, and to promote international research collaboration. The total available funding for this call was approximately 650 000€ consisting of Rector’s strategic funding, contributions from the HELSUS Faculties and private donations.

In total 37 applications were received. The HELSUS Steering Group evaluated the applications and decided to grant funding in three categories as follows.

HELSUS POSTDOC­TORAL FEL­LOW­SHIPS

HELSUS postdoctoral fellowships are for HELSUS member’s own postdoc funding. The fellowship funding is 60 000€ per year, and it is granted for the applicant’s own salary and other research costs for a period of two years.

  1. Johanna Eklund (Faculty of Science) 120 000 €
    The missing piece in the impact puzzle: the role of funding in achieving sustainable conservation outcomes for protected areas
  2. Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences) 120 000 €
    Indigenous sustainabilities in an era of infrastructure expansion
  3. Johan Munck af Rosenschöld (Faculty of Social Sciences); allocation from a private donation, 120 000 €
    Sustaining co-produced knowledge: Learning from transdisciplinary projects in social networks (SCOPE)
  4. Heli Korkka-Knuts (Faculty of Law) allocation from a private donation, 120 000 €
    The Role of Behavioural Regulatory Design in Optimization of Environmental Corporate Crime Prevention (BiRD)
  5. Dorothee Cambou (Faculty of Arts) 120 000 €
    Corporate Responsibility to respect indigenous peoples’ rights: Defining the role of the law to ensure corporate due diligence for the rights of indigenous peoples in Finland and Sweden

Reserve list

  1. Lizotte Christopher (Faculty of Science) If one/some of the aforementioned grantees do not accept the funding, the applicant is funded with 120 000 €.
    Seeing like tomorrow’s far-right activists: mapping the climate politics of nativist and nationalist youth party organizations
  2. Aleksi Ojala (Faculty of Education) If some of the aforementioned grantees do not accept the funding, the applicant is funded with 120 000 €.
    #WeOrTheWorld? Challenging a human-centered worldview through the arts

HELSUS FEL­LOW­SHIP FOR A PRO­JECT

HELSUS encourages the development of interdisciplinary research projects that aim to contribute to sustainability transformation and thus collaboration across Faculty borders and beyond academia. This funding is for a HELSUS member’s project and it is granted for the employment of a postdoctoral researcher and for other research costs related to the project for up to two years.

The HELSUS Steering Group decided to grant funding for the following projects:

  1. Mar Cabeza (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences) 120 000 €
    Understanding pastoralism sustainability through an interdisciplinary lens
  2. Annukka Vainio (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry) 120 000 €
    Embedding environmental sustainability norms in society (Embed)
  3. Marko Lindroos (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry) 120 000 €
    Eutrophication and fisheries in the Baltic Sea
  4. Minna Autio (Faculty of Education) 60 000 €
    Education for Everyday Sustainability - Learning Skills at School for 1.5 Degree lifestyle (Sus-LIFE)

Reserve list

  1. Michiru Nagatsu (Faculty of Social Sciences) If one/some of the aforementioned grantees do not accept the funding, the applicant is funded with 120 000 €.
    Rebuilding Choice Architecture for Sustainability (ReCAST): An Integrated Philosophy of Science Approach to Behavioural Sustainability Policy
  2. Nina Janasik (Faculty of Social Sciences) If some of the aforementioned grantees do not accept the funding, the applicant is funded with 120 000 €.
    Profiling Creeping Disasters: Developing a new comprehensive methodology for environmental impact assessment of endocrine disruption in the face of uncertainty and complexity (PROCEED)

VIS­ITOR PROGRAM

HELSUS visitor funding enhances the international collaboration opportunities of HELSUS researchers. The HELSUS Steering Group decided to grant funding for inviting the following international researchers for a research visit in HELSUS:

  1. Hanna Tuomisto (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry) 2 100 € for inviting Associate professor Miguel Brandão, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and CEO Andreas Ciroth, GreenDelta
  2. Barry Gills (Faculty of Social Sciences) 2 500 € for inviting Professor Robin Broad, American University
  3. Charles Parker Krieg (Faculty of Arts) 600 € for inviting Guest Professor Steven Hartman, Mälardalen University
  4. Friederike Lüpke (Faculty of Arts) 3 100 € for inviting Dr Gladys Ansah, University of Ghana, Legon
  5. Seona Candy (Faculty of Science) 1 800 € for inviting Professor Jonathan Grant, Kings College London, United Kingdom
  6. Bodo Steiner (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry) 2 900 € for inviting Professor Joshua Graff Zivin, UC San Diego

Further information:

Senior Adviser in Research Administration Sanna Leinonen helsus-research-admin@helsinki.fi

 

Fund­ing de­cision: HELSUS call for seed fund­ing for research on the role of education in sustainability trans­form­a­tion Spring 2019

Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science is a cross-faculty research unit in sustainability science within the University of Helsinki. The aim of the HELSUS funding is to enhance the development of sustainability science research in the University of Helsinki, to increase the amount of external research funding for sustainability research, and to promote international research collaboration.

According to HELSUS Steering Group decision (item 4, 26 March 2019) the call for applications for seed funding for research on the role of education in sustainability transformation was opened for HELSUS members in the Faculty of Educational Sciences on 1 April 2019. The deadline for the applications was 23 April 2019.

In total three applications were received. The applications were evaluated by a team appointed by HELSUS Steering Group using the evaluation criteria mentioned in the call text. The Academy of Finland regulations for disqualification of reviewers were followed, and disqualified persons did not participate in the evaluation, discussion or decision making. 

HELSUS Steering group has decided to grant the total amount of 37 000€ seed funding for the projects detailed below. Of the funding 30 000€ equals to the contribution of the Faculty of Educational Sciences and in addition, 7 000€ of HELSUS funds are directed to additionally support sustainability research initiatives as has been done also in the previous HELSUS funding calls. 

1. Kalle Juuti  27 000€
Learning and assessing sustainability competences at school

2. Ilona Södervik 5 000€
BIODIV-project

3. Lili-Ann Wolff 5 000€
The Suomenlinna Project: A Phenomenon Based Sustainability  Learning Approach

HELSUS will provide separate instructions on the use of the funding. Researchers who have received funding must submit a report on the use of funding after the funding period.

HELSUS fund­ing de­cision: HELSUS seed fund­ing and in­ter­na­tional vis­it­ors program 2018

The second call for HELSUS seed funding and international visitors program was open for HELSUS members from HELSUS founding Faculties (Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Arts, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Law, Science, Social Sciences) from 22 October to 7 November 2018.

The aim of the HELSUS funding is to enhance the development of sustainability science research in the University of Helsinki, to increase the amount of external research funding for sustainability research, and to promote international research collaboration. The total available funding for this call was 123 500€ consisting of Rector’s strategic funding and contributions from the HELSUS founding Faculties.

In total 24 applications were received. The HELSUS Steering Group evaluated the applications and decided to grant funding as follows.

HELSUS seed funding is intended to support the applicant’s prospects in securing significant national or international research funding. HELSUS seed funding is granted for activities supporting the planning and preparation of a research project and the eventual application of external funding for it. The HELSUS Steering Group has decided to grant seed funding for the following projects:

  1. Mar Cabeza (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences); Adaptive futures for nomadic peoples (FACES)
    19 500€
     
  2. Michiru Nagatsu (Faculty of Social Sciences); Developing Philosophy of Sustainability Science
    10 000€
     
  3. Ellen Eftestöl-Wilhelmsson (Faculty of Law); Normative Tools for Freight Transport Sustainability (NormTooTrans)
    30 000€
     
  4. Jussi Eronen (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences); EcologicalSosioRisk Awareness of Societies to Wicked Disruptions (RASED)
    25 400€
     
  5. Miska Luoto (Faculty of Science); Abrupt changes in Arctic terrestrial ecosystems
    17 800€

The HELSUS Steering Group has decided to grant funding for inviting the following international researchers for a research visit in HELSUS:

  1. Dalia D'Amato (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry) for inviting Professor David Abson, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
    3 400€
     
  2. Natalya Yakusheva (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry) for inviting Doctor Gillian Petrokofsky, Long-term Ecology Lab, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
    3 200€
     
  3. Christopher Raymond (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences) for inviting A/Prof Timon McPhearson, The New School
    2 340€
     
  4. Ekaterina Gruzdeva (Faculty of Arts) for inviting European University atVakhtn Professor Nikolai St. Petersburg
    2 160€
     
  5. Eija Ranta (Faculty of Social Sciences) for inviting Professor, Director Luis F. Pacheco, University of San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia, Department of Ecology
    4 700€
     
  6. Minna Väliranta (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences) for inviting Senior lecturer Angela Gallego-Sala, Department of Geography, University of Exeter
    2 000€
     
  7. Marjaana Jauhola (Faculty of Social Sciences) for inviting Professor Jacquleen Joseph, Tata Institute of
    Social Sciences, Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies
    3 000€

Further information:

Senior Adviser in Research Administration Sanna Leinonen helsus-research-admin@helsinki.fi