Walter and Andrée de Nottbeck Foundation

Grants for research on Baltic Sea ecosystems

The Foundation supports environmental research with about 500 000 € each year. The main support is in the form of grants for postdoctoral scientists, postgraduate students and M. Sc. thesis work as well as for research studies. The foundation also supports a Senior Research Fellow scheme and a scheme to strengthen international collaboration (details given below). The Foundation announces grants for research once a year, usually in October. 


Grants for scientific research in 2019, deadline October 5, 2018

The foundation funds marine research carried out at the Tvärminne Zoological Station, University of Helsinki, on the southern coast of Finland. Tvärminne-based research is prioritized, e.g. post docs are expected to spend the majority of their research time at the station. The research funding categories available include:

  • PhD scholarships (1 950 €/ mo)
  • Post doctoral grants (2 300 €/ mo)
  • Research project funding
  • Senior Research Fellow scheme (2 800 €/ mo for a full professor, 2 500 €/ mo for an adjunct professor: see more of the grant category below)
  • Funding to strengthen international collaboration (see below)
  • Pro gradu (MSc thesis) scholarships (max. 2 000 €  for a personal grant and max. 600 € for other costs)

Pro gradu (MSc thesis) scholarships for 2019 can even be applied in spring 2019, deadline on April 15, 2019.

Applications are made using an electronic form with a link below. Note that only applications using the electronic from will be evaluated for funding! Guidelines for the application are written in the form, some specific instructions emerge when clicking the questions marks on the right hand side.

The obligatory appendices include 1) a research plan of max. 5 pages, 2) CV of max. 3 pages and 3) a budget (cost estimate). The application period for 2019 grants starts on September 1 and the deadline is on October 5, 2018 at 23.59.

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Tvärminne senior research fellows

The Walter and Andrée de Nottbeck Foundation has started a new category of fellowships for marine research at the Tvärminne Zoological Station, University of Helsinki. Applications are invited from senior scientists at the adjunct/full professor level to conduct research for a period of up to 6 months at the Station.

The objective for this call is to stimulate research in the field of marine ecology/marine sciences at the Station and to provide senior scientists with the opportunity to concentrate fully on science (mini sabbatical). A successful applicant is expected to deliver a tangible outcome that contributes to the research at the Station; this might involve a synthesis/review article, a joint application for funds together with a science group active at the Station or possible involvement in on-going research projects. The applications are evaluated by the scientific board of the Foundation. In the evaluation, emphasis is placed on how the applicant will contribute to the research at the Station, collaboration with active research groups and on scientific excellence.

Successful fellows are expected to be residents at the Station for the period of the fellowship. There is a possibility for family accommodation (especially outside the busiest field season from early June to mid August). The grant is 2 800 € per month for scientists at the full professorial level and 2 500 € at the adjunct professor level. In addition to the grant, travel costs and accommodation at the Station can be applied up to 2 000 €. The deadline for applications is on October 5, 2018.

For further information you can contact:

Alf Norkko, professor
Tvärminne Zoological Station
University of Helsinki
J.A. Palméns väg 260
FI-10900 HANGÖ, Finland
Phone +358 50 5686766
alf.norkko@helsinki.fi


International collaboration and research experience

The Walter and Andrée de Nottbeck Foundation invites applications from researchers or research groups that wish to capitalize on, and obtain added value from, collaborations with large-scale international projects. This could, for example, involve added research efforts through the participation in large-scale field and laboratory experiments, or participation in synthesis work. Such large-scale research projects may provide the opportunity and logistic framework for additional studies funded by Nottbeck foundation to strengthen joint international research efforts, enhance synergy between research groups and further increase international collaboration.

Priority in the Nottbeck evaluations will be given to applications with clear Tvärminne relevance related to understanding the complexity of marine ecosystem structure and functioning. This is in line with the aim of the Nottbeck Foundation, which supports fundamental marine research in general and Baltic Sea research in particular.

Applications should clearly demonstrate how enhanced synergy might be provided through collaboration with the suggested international research consortia. In addition, applicants will need to provide a letter of invitation from the project leader of the relevant research project to participate in the research activities. The funding is primarily intended to support travel expenses, but can when justified include also salary expenses for preparatory work. The deadline for applications is on October 5, 2018.

For further information you can contact:

Alf Norkko, professor
Tvärminne Zoological Station
University of Helsinki
J.A. Palméns väg 260
FI-10900 HANGÖ, Finland
Phone +358 50 5686766
alf.norkko@helsinki.fi

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