Assessment and award
Grant applications will be assessed paying attention to the following considerations: whether the Foundation’s purpose is fulfilled; whether the applicant is a young researcher; whether the research is towards a doctoral thesis; how significant the research is in scientific terms; whether the research is clinical; and how much funding the applicant has received in total for the research.
The Foundation’s Board of Trustees decides on the award of grants once a year. Grant recipients will be announced every year during the national Parkinson’s Awareness Week in April. Successful applicants will be personally notified of the decision, which will also be available for all applicants on their own login-protected application page.
We will ask grant recipients to provide their personal identity code and bank account details in order to pay their grants. Awarded grants will be payable to recipients in one instalment in April. However, travel grants will be payable in two instalments, the latter of which will be made on the basis of a report filed after the trip.
Tax-free status of grants
As a general rule, grants are awarded as tax-exempt working grants for recipients to cover a leave of absence from their other employment.
Questions related to the taxation of grants should be addressed to the tax authorities. Read more about tax-free status here: https://www.taike.fi/en/information-about-artist-grants
Each grant recipient is required to declare the grant on their tax return. The Foundation will file annual tax notifications of the grants paid out, as required by tax regulations. If a grant is used to employ assisting staff, the recipient will be obligated to withhold their taxes and deal with all employer contributions. Further information on the tax-exempt amount and taxation of individuals: Detailed guidance on grants, valid as of 2019.
Grant recipients fall within the statutory earnings-related pension scheme under the Farmers’ Pensions Act (MYEL). The Act requires the awarder of a grant to declare the grants that it has awarded to the insurance institution, the Farmers’ Social Insurance Institution (Mela). Grant recipients are obliged to take out insurance when certain conditions are fulfilled. Further information: www.mela.fi.
Registration of grant applicants and recipients and verification of details
Grant applicants will consent:
- for the details of grant applicants and recipients to be collected into registers of applicants and recipients, where the Foundation will record the information required for processing of applications and for payment and monitoring of awarded grants (read the Foundation’s GDPR Privacy Statement here);
- to publication of grant recipients on the Foundation’s website;
- for the Foundation to verify any grants awarded by other foundations as required.
Notifications to the Foundation and reporting obligations
Grant recipients must notify the Foundation of any changes to their personal and contact details without delay.
Each grant recipient undertakes to report on use of the grant to the Foundation within 3 months of the end of the grant period or the trip taken and, on request, to present their research at an annual meeting or a presentation event for the Finnish Parkinson Association.
In the event that use of the grant is delayed, an interim report should be submitted annually for any incomplete work. Any possible research publications will be submitted free of charge to the Foundation immediately upon publication.
The Finnish Parkinson Foundation must be named as a supporter in research publications and presentation materials and, wherever possible, the Foundation’s logo should also be included in presentation materials. You can download the logos through the links below. The official name of the Foundation in Finnish, Swedish and English is Suomen Parkinson-säätiö sr, Finlands Parkinson-stiftelse sr and The Finnish Parkinson Foundation sr, respectively. Foundation´s logo for your poster is available here and transparent logo here.