HSSH Catalyst Grant: Funding decision by 20.1.2022.

Catalyst Grant application period has ended. Funding decision has been postponed to January 20, 2022.

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 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. 


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

Primarily, this support is 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.

Ap­plic­a­tion in­struc­tions

All applications should be submitted by using the HSSH Catalyst Grant e-form.

Applications will consist of

  • a short description of the supported action,
  • a clear description of the added value that this support would provide,
  • a detailed plan for the costs, execution of the action, and time-table.

Please note that

  • all salary costs must include 30 % employer side costs,
  • acquired equipment, maximum limit is 10 000 €,
  • all funding must be used before November 30, 2022.

Maximum amount of grant is set at 15 000 €. Funding decision may be lower than the applied amount.

The deadline for 2022 HSSH Catalyst Grant applications is December 20, 2021.

Funding decision has been postponed to January 20, 2022.

Decision for the 2022 grants will be prepared by a working group led by the director of HSSH. Final decisions will made by the steering group of HSSH in January 2022. 

Multidisciplinary research groups have a decisive role in building the institute. If your research group is not (yet) affiliated to HSSH, we ask you to do that by filling out the HSSH research group mapping survey.

Submit your application before 20.12.2021 here!

Further inquiries: 

How to apply

Read the instructions carefully and fill an application e-form here!

The deadline for applications is on December 20th.