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 and postgraduate students as well as grants for students to complete their M. Sc. thesis. The foundation also supports research projects, the recently established Senior Research fellow scheme and a new scheme to strengthen international collaboration.

In order to strengthen and coordinate the research sponsored by the Foundation, the Foundation has donated funds to the University of Helsinki for a five-year professorship at Tvärminne Zoological Station during 2002-2006 and for additional five-year periods 2007-2011 and 2012-2016. The Foundation has concluded a new cooperation agreement with the University of Helsinki in September 21, 2016 in order to jointly finance the professorship in the Baltic Sea research for a another five year period. In addition, the Foundation will finance a new tenure track professorship in Baltic Sea biodiversity research.

The Foundation announces grants for research once a year, usually in October. Details are given below.


Grants for scientific research in 2018, deadline September 18, 2017

The Walter and Andrée de Nottbeck Foundation (Helsinki, Finland) hereby announces grants for research on Baltic Sea ecosystems during 2017. The research funding categories available include (1) PhD scholarships, (2) post-docs, (3) research projects and (4) the recently established Tvärminne Senior Research Fellow scheme (see below), and (5) funding to strengthen international collaboration (see below).

Research is expected to be carried out at the Tvärminne Zoological Station, University of Helsinki,  on the southern coast of Finland. Tvärminne-based research will be prioritized and, for example, post docs are expected to spend the majority of their research time at the station. More information is available in the general instructions of the grant application.

Applications should include a research plan of max. 5 pages and CV. They should be sent by 18th of September 2017 and be addressed to: elina.leskinen@helsinki.fi

Grants for Masters’ theses (pro gradu) may be applied for also by 15th of April 2018. Note that both the grant application form and the progress report form have been updated. Please, follow the new instructions.

Word  Research grant application (rtf)

Word  Progress report form (rtf)


Tvärminne senior research fellows

The Walter and Andrée de Nottbeck Foundation opens a call for a new category of fellowships for conducting 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. It is anticipated that 2 fellowships will be made available.

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 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.

Successful fellows are further expected to be residents at the Station for the period of the fellowship, and there is a possibility for family accommodation (especially outside the busiest field season from early June to mid August).

The grant will be € 2 800 per month for scientists at the full professorial level and € 2 500 for scientists at the adjunct professor level. In addition to the grant, the foundation will pay travel costs to and from the Station up to € 2 000 and accommodation at the Station.

Application should include a short Letter of intent/research plan (max 3 pages) and a CV. Applications will be screened and evaluated by professors of the scientific board of the Foundation. In the evaluation, emphasis will be placed on how the applicant contributes to research at the Station, collaboration with active research groups and on scientific excellence. The deadline for applications is on September 18, 2017. Applications should be submitted to elina.leskinen@helsinki.fi

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

Note that the both the grant application form and the progress report form have been updated. Please, follow the new instructions.

Word  Research grant application (rtf)

Word  Progress report form (rtf)


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 might, 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 September 18, 2017. Applications should be submitted to elina.leskinen@helsinki.fi

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

Word  Research grant application (rtf)

Word  Progress report form (rtf)

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