Call for applications – INVEST Research Center and Flagship offers support for researchers fled from Ukraine

University of Turku INVEST Research Center and Flagship has opened a call for grant applications for scientific research related to sociology, psychology, social policy, child psychiatry, social work, statistics, economics and/or epidemiology. The call is open to researchers (all career stages) who have been displaced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and who are seeking a temporary assignment to continue research outside Ukraine.

INVEST – Inequalities, Interventions and a New Welfare State – is a joint research centre and Finnish research flagship that operates under the Faculties of Medicine and Social Sciences at the University of Turku (UTU) and at the Welfare State Research and Reform unit at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). INVEST aims at providing a new model for the welfare states that is more equal, better targeted to problem groups, more anticipatory as well as economically and socially sustainable. Based on cutting-edge research on the conditions and mechanisms involved at different periods of development, INVEST will evaluate and develop various universal and targeted interventions to improve the efficiency of the current welfare state institutions at critical points of the early life course.

INVEST research is organized around six research themes headed by research area directors:

  1. Intergenerational and within-family influences;
  2. Socioeconomic inequality and wellbeing;
  3. Social relationships and networks;
  4. Demography and life-course;
  5. Skills and learning;
  6. Health and biology

The thematic areas are not intended to be exclusive, and usually an individual study will overlap with more than one theme at a time. Each of the research themes is linked with interventions that already exist or are being developed. Research grants are meant for researchers conducting research related to at least one of the six INVEST research themes.

  • Duration of the grant: 3–12 months (with a possibility to apply for extension)
  • Amount of the grant: 1970 €/month to doctoral researchers and 2500 €/month to post-doctoral researchers.
  • Application period: continuous open call (applications are processed in the order of submission, the call will close when the total funding available has been granted).

Please submit your application online at

Please include a personal statement containing a description of your scientific background and your research interests. Please also attach a short research plan (1–2 pages), CV, and a list of publications to your application.

For further information about the INVEST grant, please contact INVEST Project Manager Anu Lyytinen,