Name of funding opportunity

Turku Urban Research Programme – Call for Research Projects 2021


A call is open for research projects matching the themes of Turku Mayor’s Policy Programme. The aims of the Mayor’s Policy Programme should be approached as research topics – this approach is explained in the Turku Urban Research Programme 2019-2023 (pp. 8-9). Within those themes, the specific focus of the call is social and spatial change in cities as well as the options of a municipality to influence the course of development. At least one of the funded projects must focus on housing research.

The call applies to research groups, led by and including researchers affiliated with the University of Turku (UTU) and the Åbo Akademi University (ÅA). The consortiums can involve also researchers from other Finnish or foreign universities and research institutes, yet the UTU’s or the ÅA’s share of each project must be minimum 50 per cent. The projects are required to apply multi-, inter- or transdisciplinary research approach.

The research funding will be provided up to a maximum of €600,000. The expectation is to fund four projects, valued €150.000 each, including minimum one project focussed on housing research.

The research funding is provided by the City of Turku, the West-Finland Housing Association of Public Utility, the University of Turku, and the Åbo Akademi University.

Application guidelines

The call is arranged in two stages. The City of Turku will inform applicants selected for the second round how their research plans should be developed. The final plans are not expected to be much longer than the initial versions.

The applications should be submitted by 29th October 2021, by 14.00, and the final applications by 9th December 2021by 14.00 (Finnish time). The funding decisions will be made by 31st December 2021.

The applications should be sent electronically to the City of Turku registration office (turun.kaupunki(at), with the topic indicated as “Kaupunkitutkimusohjelman hankehaku”. We will process only applications received on time. The application must follow the structure given below.

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