Funding is granted for projects that focus on the pre-defined thematic areas and the main objective of which is to generate new information for the purpose of promoting sports and physical activity in accordance with the sport policy objectives set by Parliament. The aim with targeting the research funding is to increase the amount of research that is relevant for the Finnish sport policy, to enhance the dialogue between researchers and decision-makers, to reinforce the role of research in decision-making, and thus enhance the societal impact of the research.
The thematic areas have been defined to comply with the societal effectiveness goals specified for the sports sector in the Budget. The research themes and their priorities are areas of research that support one another, and research projects can focus on more than one thematic and priority area. Applications from multidisciplinary and broad-based research projects that can cover many priorities are particularly welcome.
- Promoting physically active lifestyles
- Ensuring equal access to physical activity
- Increasing participation in sports and physical activity
- Responsibility in elite sports and achieving results
The core objective of research funding is supporting innovative and multidisciplinary sport research. Applications from multidisciplinary and broad-based projects will be particularly welcome. Addressing future drivers of change will be considered an advantage in research to be funded.
Applicants are also advised to familiarise themselves with the document Liikunnan tiedolla johtamisen suunta [Strategy for knowledge-based management of physical activity] 2020–2024, which can be found in the Government publication archive.