The approach for Argumenta is emphatically cross-disciplinary. Although the same problems are often studied in different disciplines, it may be difficult to find a common language for formulating the solutions. The purpose of Argumenta is to apply interdisciplinary dialogue to producing new answers and conclusions for challenging issues in society, and to communicate these results to a broader audience than the academic community.

Applications close at 4 pm Finnish time on the last day of the application period.

Who may apply

Applications for Argumenta grants must be made in the name of a scholarly project team. The team should, if possible, include representatives of all of the disciplines relevant to the topic.


The core operating model for Argumenta is to organise a series of seminars and, possibly, workshops, which may also involve other activities. The funding is not intended for actual research, but rather for covering the costs of the seminars, other events, and communications.

The grant sum for one project is approximately EUR 100,000–150,000.

The objective of Argumenta projects is either to A. increase and deepen public debate on the topic or B. achieve a direct impact on societal decision-making.


The criteria applied to Argumenta are as follows:

  1. The topic must be of scholarly interest and have a far-reaching societal impact.
  2. The topic must involve academically controversial issues, with the aim of forming an overall understanding of these issues through cross-disciplinary debate.
  3. The project must aim to increase and deepen public debate on the topic or try to achieve a direct impact on societal decision-making through the scholarly arguments produced as part of the project.

Grant decisions

The application is a two-stage process. The first stage will be open during the March Round of Applications on the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Online Application Service. Applications close at 4 pm Finnish time on the last day of the application period. The second stage of the application process will take place during the August Round of Applications. The applicants will be notified of the results by the end of October.

For more information please contact
Erityisasiantuntija Veli-Markus Tapio
Senior advisor
Apurahasihteeri Eriika Johansson