Frequently asked questions
The Research Foundation declares the grants to be applied in August. The application deadline ends in early September.
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
*) 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.
The exact day is considered from the application deadline. Therefore, you are not able to apply for a grant for researchers with a doctorate if your date of doctorate is later than the application deadline. However, you can apply for a grant for young scientists without a doctorate.
An applicant may receive a grant for researchers with a doctorate (maximum EUR 50,000) once and a grant for young scientists without a doctorate (maximum EUR 5,000) maximum twice.
Grant recipients will receive an email in November and the decisions on grants will be published on the Research Foundation’s website.
We will accept multiple grants at the same time if the grant is used according to the application or as agreed with the Foundation later.
The Research Foundation should be contacted (tutkimussaatio(at)orion.fi) if there are any changes in the use of the grant, for example, the amount of personal grant and grant period.
Paid employment is not allowed during a grant period except the paid employment is part-time and grant work is part-time.
Certificates can be asked from the Research Foundation (tutkimussaatio(at)orion.fi).
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 in December.
It is possible to pay the grant to two different bank accounts by contacting the Research Foundation (tutkimussaatio(at)orion.fi).
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.
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.
The grants will be informed to tax authorities. More information on the Vero´s website.
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 December-January and grant recipients do not need to report Mela about the changes made before that.
In Finland, expenditure grants cannot be used for living expenses because living expenses are considered as personal grant. While working abroad, living expenses are considered as additional cost due to grant work and can be covered from an expenditure grant. The Research Foundation should be contacted before using expenditure grant for living expenses abroad.
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. The grant is meant to be used within two years of granting. The grant recipient has added in the application the timing and duration of the grant which can be changed by contacting the Research Foundation.
The Foundation does not award grants for retrospective use.
The possible changes to the grant period should be discussed with the Foundation.
If the research plan changes substantially it can be evaluated again. The grant recipient should send a free-form explanation or updated research plan to the Research Foundation.
You do not need to report about the use of the grant, but the Research Foundation requires that the grant is used 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.
The grant can be returned. If you cannot use the grant as committed, the grant must be returned.
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.
Orion Research Foundation receives over 700 applications yearly. Unfortunately, we are not able to award grants for every good applicant and we do not state reasons for single applications. Applications are evaluated between the grant applicants each year.