Research plan guidelines

Research plan guidelines for applying HELSUS Postdoctoral Fellowship (personal funding) and HELSUS Fellowship for a project

Your research plan should be structured following the instructions given below. To ensure the uniformity and quality of the review process, applications must be comparable. Notice that this is a shorter version of the Academy of Finland guidelines, supplemented with some HELSUS specific adjustments.

The text part of the research plan (items 1–4) must not be longer than two pages (Times New Roman 12 pt or equivalent, single spaced). However, you can position graphs, diagrams, etc. on the third page together with the bibliography (item 5 of the research plan). Also, make sure that the research plan remains legible after you convert it into PDF format.

1. Scientific objectives and expected impact

1.1 Scientific objectives

  • Objectives of the project and their theoretical and methodological underpinnings.
  • If you position your research in one or more of the five thematic HELSUS focus areas and/or in one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, explain briefly how.
  • Explain how your research is positioned within the multidisciplinary venture of sustainability science and how it contributes to the development of sustainability science.
  • Expected research results and their anticipated scientific impact, potential for scientific breakthroughs and for the renewal of science and research.

1.2 Effects and impact beyond academia

  • Reach and potential utilisation value of the research beyond the scientific community.
  • Self-assessment of the expected societal impact of the research in the long or short term.

1.3 Publication plan

  • Plan for publishing of research results, dissemination and communication to the scientific community, potential end-users and the public (e.g. via social media channels, blog entries), including open access issues.

2. Research methods, material and research environment

  • Research methods, described so as to explain how they will contribute to answering the research questions/confirming the hypotheses.
  • Research material to be used; description of how the data will be collected and used.
  • Use of research infrastructures.
  • Critical points for success.

3. Research ethics

  • Description of ethical issues (e.g. ethical governance procedures, informed consent, anonymity of subjects, withdrawal from research) concerning the chosen topic, methods and data, as well as any research permits or information on pending permit applications.

4. Research team and collaborative partners

  • Merits of research team members that are relevant to the project.
  • Concrete plans for collaboration within and between disciplines and research fields, and possibly with extra-academic partners.
  • Key national and international collaboration and its significance for project implementation.

5. Bibliography, diagrams, graphs

  • List of all the sources used in the research plan