The Foundation awards grants for scientific research. In general, the Foundation funds PhD theses, other theses and separate research projects, unless specified otherwise in the grant call. Occasionally, also e.g. review articles associated to the topic of the grant call can be funded.

Please fill in the Foundation's application form and submit it with appropriate appendices within the deadline of the call by email to the authorised representative, Anu Turpeinen (address or by mail to the following address: Foundation for Nutrition Research, c/o Valio, PL 30, 00039 Valio.

Calls are announced on these web pages.

All applicants are personally informed about funding decisions.

A.I. Virtanen prize

The Foundation for Nutrition Research awards the A.I. Virtanen prize together with the Finnish Chemists' Society and Societas Biochemica, Biophysica et Microbiologica Fenniae (Biobio society) to commemorate the legacy of the prestigious scientist and the only Finnish science Nobel prize winner, Artturi Ilmari Virtanen. The prize can be given to a Finnish or foreign scientist with significant achievements and groundbreaking research in a field represented by the aforementioned societies.

The prize is awarded biannually and special attention is paid that the nominee is  still active and menestyksekästä työtä tekevä scientist, broadminded, interdisciplinary and uusien ongelmien ratkaisemiseen paneutuva. 

The prize consists of a silver medal designed by sculptor Aimo Tukiainen,  a grant and a diploma.

A.I. Virtanen prize awardees and their fields of research


Scientific seminars

The Foundation organizes scientific seminars on current, scientifically interesting topics. Seminars have focused e.g. on the following topics:

  • Future of food (organized together with Biobio society)
  • Future of nutrition research
  • Benefits of probiotics
  • Gut-brain axis
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