Funding is granted for projects that focus on the thematic areas listed below. Their main objective should be to generate new information for the purpose of promoting sports and physical activity in accordance with the sport policy objectives set by Parliament. The purpose of this targeted research funding is to increase the amount of research that is relevant for sport policy in Finland, 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 objectives for societal impact in the sports sector as outlined in the Budget. The research themes and their priorities are areas of research that support one another. Research projects can focus on more than one theme and priority area. Applications for research projects that are multidisciplinary and broad-based that cover many priority areas 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 the research funding is to support innovative and multidisciplinary sport research. Applications for research projects that are multidisciplinary and broad-based are particularly welcome. Addressing future drivers of change will be considered an advantage in research to be funded.
Please also take a look at the ‘Strategy for Knowledge-based Management of Physical Activity 2020-2024 (in Finnish)’, which can be accessed in the Government publications.