In the October 2023 application round, the Finnish Cultural Foundation is awarding approximately 600,000 euros for science education of children and young people. The purpose of this Discover Science Grant is to encourage the interest of children and the youth in science and enable science education equally for children and the youth regardless of their place of residence and background. In addition, its purpose is to improve the ability of children and the youth to acquire, handle and evaluate new information as well as their possibilities to follow science and its development.

In the Discover Science projects, children and young people are introduced to different fields of science in an easy-to-grasp manner. In addition, they offer a meeting through researchers, a university contact, or both.

This page was last updated on August 7, 2023.

Grant Application Schedule

The grant is open for application in the October application round. Applications close at 4 pm Finnish time (EET) on the last day of the application period.

Eligible Applicants

Applications will be accepted from registered organisations and foundations, such as universities, science centres, science events and organisations in the field of science and education. Private individuals or working groups consisting of such individuals are not eligible to apply.

Grant Purpose

The amount of the Discover Science Grant can range from 30,000 euros to 150,000 euros. It can be applied for implementing science education projects that support basic education, such as workshops or distance education programmes, and are aimed at children and the youth. The grant may be used to cover expenses arising from, for example, hiring auxiliary personnel, logistics, or the preparation of teaching materials. The grant cannot be sought for the applicant's basic operations or research purposes. The project duration may be 1-4 years.

How to Apply

The application is submitted to the Online Application Service during the October application period. Choose this special purpose grant from the Grant Type menu on the Application page of the application form.

The required attachments for the application are listed in the Application Guidelines for Grants.

The scope of the target group and, if possible, the costs per participant (child/youth) must be detailed in the application. In projects planned for the school environment, the applicant must be in contact with partner schools already before submitting the application during the project's preparatory stage.

Further information about Discover Science Grants:
Asiamies Päivikki Eskelinen-Rönkä
Manager, Senior Advisor