On this page, you will find answers to referees' frequently asked questions.



Sending the reference

How can I send my reference to you from abroad?

You can send your reference online using our Online reference service. For this purpose, either personal Finnish Internet banking IDs or registering as a user of the online service is required.

To which address is an informal reference sent?

It should be sent to the grant applicant who will then upload it as an attachment to their application before submitting it.

Why hasn’t the online reference I sent been received yet? Its status is still sent, although I sent it a while ago.

Sent-status means that the reference has arrived at the Cultural Foundation. When the deadline for references has closed and the Central or regional fund in question has begun the review process, the status of the reference will be updated to received.

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Reference number

I did not use the reference number given to me by the applicant, is there any way to fix this?

If the reference number is not used, the reference will be linked to the application on the basis of the name of the applicant (in case of working groups or research teams, the name of the person responsible who has written the application).

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Sending references to more than one applicant

Should the applicants be ranked amongst themselves?

Yes, please rank them. It makes the experts’ work of reviewing the applications significantly easier. Evaluations by colleagues are highly valued.

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Informal reference

Do you accept handwritten references?

We accept informal references. They must be given to the applicant to be attached to the application well before the deadline of the application period.

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This page was last updated on June 15, 2023.