Frequently asked questions

When can you apply for a grant?

The Research Foundation declares the grants to be applied in August. The application deadline ends in early September.

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 – or with an exception * in seven years), for continuation of research (maximum EUR 50,000) and
  • for young scientists without a doctorate, for scientific research (maximum
    EUR 5,000).

*) 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.

My doctorate will be completed soon after the application deadline. Can I apply?

The exact day is considered from the application deadline. Therefore, you are not able to apply for a greater grant if date of doctorate is later than that. However, you can apply for the smaller grant.

I have received a grant once. Can I apply again?

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

When the Research Foundation will publish the decisions?

Grant recipients will have an email in November and the decisions on grants will be published on the Research Foundation’s website.

I was awarded a grant. Is it possible to receive another grant from elsewhere?

We will also accept multiple grants at the same time if the grant is used according to the application or as agreed with the Foundation later.

I need a certificate of my grant.

Certificates can be asked from the Research Foundation. (Email: tutkimussaatio(at)

When the grants are paid?

In the grant decision email, grant recipients are asked to inform their payment details by signing in the application system. The grants will be paid out in during December.

Can the grant be paid to two different bank accounts?

Yes, it is possible to pay the grant to two different bank accounts by contacting the Research Foundation (tutkimussaatio(at)

Is it possible to pay the grant later than in December?

All grants will be paid at the same time during December and unfortunately for that reason postpone is not possible. The grant announcement states that the grant will be paid at the end of this year.

Can the grant be paid through University or Research Institute?

Yes, the grant can be paid to University or Research Institute which pays salary to the grant recipient. In addition, we do not have any special regulations about University overhead charges, but we accept them.

Do grants count as taxable income?

The grants will be informed to tax authorities. More information on the Vero´s website.

Can the use of the grant be changed after the declarations? Do I have to report the Farmers' Social Insurance Institution (Mela) about the changes?

The use of the grant can be changed after the declarations (for example, the amount of personal grant). The changes can be done by contacting the Research Foundation. The Foundation will inform the Mela about the grants in January and therefore grant recipients do not need to report Mela about the changes.

In what time the grant must be used? 

The grant is meant to be used during year awarded. However, part of the grant can be used during previous or next year. For example, grant awarded for year 2021 can be partly used in 2020 and 2022.

Do I have to report about the usage of the grant?

You do not need to report about the usage of the grant, but the Research Foundation requires to use the grant according to the application or as agreed with the Foundation later. In case the research is leading for publications shall grant recipient mention the Foundation.

Can the grant be returned?

The grant can be returned. If you cannot use the grant as committed, the grant must be returned.

I was awarded a grant. Will I be eligible to reapply a grant if I do not accept it now?

Yes, grants can be applied in the following years if it is not accepted this year. However, this does not guarantee a grant, although it has once been granted.

Why I was not awarded with a grant?

Orion Research Foundation receives over 700 applications yearly. Unfortunately, we are not able to award grants for every good applicant and we don´t state reasons for single applications. Applications are evaluated between the grant applicants each year.