The Finnish Cultural Foundation was funding the PoDoCo program from year 2015 to spring 2022.

Are you a company with cutting-edge renewal ideas and looking for the help of a talented postdoc to investigate your ideas? Are you a young postdoc interested in putting your research knowledge and expertise into practice? PoDoCo program may be just right for you!

Who May Apply

PoDoCo is a matchmaking program supporting long term competitiveness and strategic renewal of companies and employment of young doctors in the private sector. PoDoCo matches newly graduated doctors with companies, and financially supports the collaboration projects between doctors and companies. All companies operating in Finland and all young doctors who have recently completed or will soon complete their doctorate degree are welcome to join the PoDoCo program.


Grants awarded by PoDoCo foundation pool are intended for academic research investigating new innovative ideas to boost the strategic renewal of Finnish industry. PoDoCo program is funded by PoDoCo foundation pool and companies participating in the program. For a PoDoCo researcher the program offers a research period followed by a targeted research period lasting all together 1-2 years. PoDoCo program offers research grants of 6 - 12 months to cover the costs of the first part of the project. The aim is that after the grant phase the company hires the doctor for same period of time to deepen the research results and to create company-specific insight. A one-year research grant is EUR 30 000.

Grant Decisions

PoDoCo program has two application rounds each year and awards some 17 postdoctoral grants in each round. Applications are sent in online via the PoDoCo web pages.

Further Information

The program’s foundations are Finnish Cultural Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Svenska Kulturfonden, Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion, Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation, The Foundation for Economic Education, KAUTE Foundation, the Paulo Foundation and Maa- ja Vesitekniikantuki ry. PoDoCo program is operated by DIMECC Ltd.

Further information about the program and the application process is available on PoDoCo website at, and from Program Manager Seppo Tikkanen,, tel. +358 40 840 2780.

Contact person for the Foundation's PoDoCo grantees
Apurahasihteeri Eriika Johansson