The University of Eastern Finland

At the forefront of science and research

Saastamoinen Foundation supports research projects that enable major scientific and commercial breakthroughs in Finland. The Foundation’s support is channelled towards exchange programmes for undergraduate students and young scientists’ international research work. The Foundation also helps bring eminent professors from the United States to visit Finland.

Over the years, some of the areas in which Saastamoinen Foundation has enabled scientific breakthroughs are: bioinformatics, stem cell research, environmental change, bioeconomics and epilepsy research.

Photo: Kimmo Syväri, University of Eastern Finland


Bioeconomy can help to create a more energy-efficient society with a lower carbon footprint. The Programme in Bioeconomy at the University of Eastern Finland aims to promote growth of the bioeconomy and the novel use of wood-based materials

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Stem cell research puts Finland at the forefront of brain research

Funding from the Foundation has taken Finnish brain and heart disease stem cell research the spearhead of international research. Ways are being sought to use stem cells to treat many diseases by growing new cells to replace damaged ones.

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National epilepsy information pool for Finland

Epilepsy is a significant public health problem, which has implications to society that are of the same degree as those of breast or lung cancer. Epilepsy is not just one disease, but a group of diseases differing by mechanism, clinical picture

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University research sprouts growth companies

A university’s core tasks include research and teaching. However, research findings are also honed into a considerable number of commercial ideas and successful businesses.

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Grants enabling researchers to internationalise

Leading research knows no boundary limits between countries. International studies and research have been crucial also to the development of Finnish science. Since 1987, grants provided by Saastamoinen Foundation have opened the doors to a

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The Fulbright-Saastamoinen Grant

The grant programme brings top-level researchers in health and environmental sciences to the University of Eastern Finland whilst opening up opportunities to develop collaboration networks in education and research between Finland and the United

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Promoting environmental health and climate change research

Cross-discipline environmental health research studies the impact of the environment on health. Mega trends, such as urbanisation and climate change, impact on health hazards in the environment.

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Bioinformatics is part of future healthcare

Bioinformatics is an integral part of modern biomedical research and can be used to develop new treatments for cardiovascular and memory diseases, and cancer. Bioinformatics seeks to improve the quality of human life by studying how genes and

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