To encourage young doctoral students to engage in research related to the sustainable use of Finland’s natural resources, the Foundation annually presents a €10,000 award to a doctoral thesis that best advances the Foundation’s goals.

The award-winning doctoral thesis must be of an internationally high standard and create opportunities to develop the utilization of Finland’s natural resources in compliance with the principles of sustainable development. The thesis must have been approved by a Finnish university. The evaluation criteria include the scientific-technical novelty and commercial potential of the results, as well as the advancement of the principles of sustainable development and resource-efficiency in the use of natural resources.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors made the decision to include the doctoral thesis award in the Foundation’s programme in 2020. The award will be granted for the first time in 2021.

 

Rules for the doctoral thesis award

1 §

Foundation for Research of Natural Resources in Finland grants, on an annual basis, a doctoral thesis award to a meritorious thesis that supports the mission of the Foundation and has been approved by a university in Finland.

2 §

The award-winning doctoral thesis shall be of an internationally high standard and create opportunities to develop the utilization of Finland’s natural resources in compliance with the principles of sustainable development. The evaluation criteria include the scientific-technical novelty and commercial potential of the results, as well as the advancement of the principles of sustainable development and resource-efficiency in the use of natural resources.

3 §

Towards the end of the year, the Foundation requests that universities and research institutes in Finland nominate doctoral theses that have been approved during the preceding academic year (1 August–31 July) and meet the criteria set for the award.

4 §

The Board of Directors selects the winner from among the nominations received by the Foundation.

5 §

The Foundation determines the monetary value of the award.

6 §

The award is presented to the winner at an annual festive occasion, provided that a deserving thesis that meets the criteria is found.