The Cancer Foundation Finland implements the joint strategy of the Cancer Society of Finland, which is aimed at promoting a good quality of life for patients and their loved ones despite cancer, strengthening fairness and effectiveness in cancer diagnostics and treatment, and strengthening cancer research and expertise.

(Cancer Society of Finland’s Strategy 2020–2025).

Applications for grants that open for application in autumn 2024 are submitted in the Cancer Foundation’s electronic grant application system. A research protocol and a list of the principal researcher’s publications from 2019–2024 shall be appended to the application. Applications can be submitted between 3 June and 21 August 2024. The grant application system closes on Wednesday 21 August at the end of the day. Applications cannot be supplemented after the deadline. Late applications will be rejected, as will applications that do not comply with the instructions.

This year, the Cancer Foundation will also award funding for cancer research from the Tellervo Edessalo Foundation in the form of research grants and dissertation grants totalling 75,000 euros.

In the review of applications, particular attention will be paid to, among other things, the scientific quality and feasibility of the protocol, the applicant’s scientific merits and the project’s relevance to cancer research. Grants are only awarded for research that has a clear connection to cancer or cancer prevention, detection, treatment or rehabilitation. The applicant must demonstrate this connection in the application.

Only one application per applicant will be considered. A researcher may have only one Cancer Foundation Finland research grant at a time.

Grants are awarded to support research conducted in Finland. It is not possible to apply for Cancer Foundation funding for research and product development projects at companies. The dissertation grants are intended for researchers whose dissertation work is already well advanced.

The Cancer Foundation Finland does not award research grants to researchers or research teams that have funding from the tobacco industry. The tobacco industry includes any company or group of companies that derives a major portion of its income from the manufacture or marketing of tobacco or other nicotine products.

The Board of the Cancer Foundation Finland decides the grants to be awarded based on proposals from the Grants Committee.

Applications are completed in English.

The Cancer Foundation Finland emphasises that the research protocol must clearly indicate the purpose of the grant. A general description of the research area is not a research protocol. Only applications that clearly express the objective will be considered.


The Board of the Cancer Foundation Finland decides the grants to be awarded based on proposals from the Grants Committee. When reviewing and deciding on applications, account is taken of the conflict of interest principles approved by the Board.

Awarded grants will be announced in November 2024.

For more information on the Cancer Foundation Finland’s grant process, see our website: Cancer Foundation Finland’s Grants.


The dissertation grants are intended for researchers whose dissertation work is already well advanced. On the application form, the applicant shall enter only the articles included in the doctoral thesis; other publications are entered in the list of publications. In 2024, the dissertation grant comes to 4,000 euros. The grant will not be awarded if the applicant’s doctoral degree is approved before the application deadline expires. The Cancer Foundation Finland’s dissertation grants are awarded on a one-off basis only.


Applicants indicate their main field of research on the application form. The alternatives are: basic research or clinical research (incl. epidemiological research). The application may be transferred to be reviewed under another field in order to ensure the most expert review possible.


  1. Research protocol of no more than three pages including references. The font size must be no less than 12 pt.

Indicative structure for research protocol:

a. Background
b. Research objective
c. Research implementation and methods
d. Schedule
e. Division of labour among research team members
f. Basis for cost estimate
g. Ethical considerations.

  1. List of principal researcher’s publications from 2019–2024. The publication must have been printed or published electronically in 2019 or thereafter. A publication may be “in press”, but in this case it must have been approved for publication. “Submitted” does not yet count as a publication. On the application form, the applicant shall enter only the articles included in the doctoral thesis. A more complete list of publications is appended to the application.


After the award decision, the applicant shall submit their payment details through the grant application system. They must also notify related party affiliations as required by the Finnish Foundations Act. Dissertation grants are paid into the applicant’s account in two equal instalments with a six-month interval. Dissertation grants are paid in January 2025.

A grant for which sufficient payment information has not been provided will be transferred back to the Cancer Foundation one year after the award decision was notified, unless otherwise agreed with the researcher.


Mela, the Farmers’ Social Insurance Institution of Finland, provides comprehensive pension cover and social security to farmers and recipients of scientific or artistic grants and scholarships. The Cancer Foundation notifies Mela of all grants where the grant period exceeds four (4) months and where the grant is at least 1,501 euros.

A grantee resident in Finland must take out social security insurance if they work on the grant for at least four (4) consecutive months, and if the grant comes to at least 1,501 euros. Read more on Mela’s website.


The Cancer Foundation notifies the Tax Administration of the amount in euros of grant money it pays and the personal data of the grantee.

A notification to the tax authorities requires that the recipient has a Finnish personal identity code. The personal identity code is provided with the payment details via the grant application system.


The Cancer Foundation’s dissertation grants are personal grants. Grantees are not required to provide an accounts statement on the use of the grant.

Dissertation grants are reported on by sending a permanent link to the doctoral dissertation by email to [email protected] once the dissertation has been approved and published. Researchfish reporting does not apply to dissertation grants.


When referring to the grant in their communications, we hope that grantees take into account the following:

The grant has been awarded by Cancer Foundation Finland sr (in Finnish Syöpäsäätiö sr, in Swedish Cancerstiftelsen sr).

We hope that grantees will also notify interesting research findings to the Cancer Foundation’s Communications Department at [email protected].