Instructions for grant applicant

The Research Foundation declares the grants to be applied in August. The application deadline ends in early September and the application instructions will be published on the Foundation´s website and multiple magazines of the field. The information about the previous grants since 2007 are available on our website.

Who can apply?

Grants are designated to support academic research for Finnish medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and natural sciences related to those, such as chemistry and physics according Orion Research Foundation’s rules

  • for researchers with a doctorate (completed in five years*), for continuation of research (maximum EUR 50,000) and
  • for young scientists without a doctorate, for scientific research (maximum
    EUR 5,000).

The Foundation does not award travel grants, for example for travel to congresses.

An applicant may receive EUR 50,000 grant once and  maximum 5,000 grant a maximum of two times.

The greater grant can be applied by researcher with a doctorate completed in five years – or with an exception *) in seven years. The exact day is considered from the application deadline.


*) By completing the degree of specialist, specialized dentist or specialized veterinarian or for other special reasons (such as maternity, paternity, parental or nursing leave, conscript or non-military service or long-term sickness) applicant may extend the period of five years to maximum seven years. Applicant shall give clarification for surpassing the deadline of five years in CV.

Orion Research Foundation grants

Greater grants (maximum EUR 50,000) are awarded for researchers with a doctorate, for continuation of research. Research abroad with the greater grant is appreciated. Applicant shall attach the engagement letter from place of performance abroad for research of post doctorate grant.

The smaller grants (maximum EUR 5,000) are always personal grants and not for expenditure.

Instructions for grant application

You can apply by filling in the electronic form which is published in August. The application form is to be filled in using Finnish, Swedish or English. The Foundation does not take additional attachments or recommendation letters into account. Please, write an email address which is valid during the end of the year. Therefore, the decisions can be sent.

The application deadline ends in early September. It is not possible to make changes to applications after they have been submitted. The decisions on grants will be published towards the end of year on the Research Foundation’s website. Applicants receiving the grant will have an email in November an the grants will be paid out in December.


Record of Processing Activities – grant applicant

Record of Processing Activities - applicant received the grant

Evaluation of applications and decisions

The applications will be evaluated by the Foundation´s board. Applicants receiving the grant will be decided in November. The decisions on grants will be published towards the end of November.