Blood Service Research Fund

The Research Fund of the Finnish Red Cross Blood Service awards grants to scientific projects that support the implementation of the Blood Service’s research strategy, that is, research and development of the Blood Service’s current and future products and services. The topics may include transfusion medicine, blood donors and donation, blood supply chain, novel cell therapies, and transplantation. The funding is aimed at supporting research groups operating outside the Blood Service.

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The application period for the Research Fund grants 2024 opens expectionally in April. Read about how to apply here.

The Blood Service Research Fund was established by the Finnish Red Cross, with grants decided annually by the Board of Directors as part of the Blood Service’s budget process. The maximum amount of funding to be awarded is decided annually by the Board of Directors.

Grants are awarded for 1ꟷ3 years at a time. While multi-year funding can be granted in full during the first application round, this is conditional on the grant recipient demonstrating sufficient progress in their reporting.

The Evaluation Committee evaluates the applications and submits a proposal for the projects to be funded. Decisions on the  grants will be notified to the applicants during the autumn of the application year. The awarded grants are also published on this website.

Funding applications are accepted for research expenses, salaries, a personal grant or a researcher visits. Employees of the Finnish Red Cross, including the Blood Service, cannot apply for personal grants or salaries for their own research projects.

Read more on funded research and see the list of grant recipients.

Application form for research funding

The application period for the Research Fund grants 2024 opens expectionally in April.

Application form (PDF)

Instructions for the Blood Service Grant recipients

Read the instructions (PDF)

Reporting Form for Grant Recipients

Reporting form (PDF)
Jukka Partanen

Research Director