Ragnar Granit Foundation
The Ragnar Granit Foundation was established in 1994. It was established on the initiative of the Ragnar Granit Institute to promote
bioelectromagnetism and biomedical engineering at an international level. As founder members of the Ragnar Granit Foundation serve
the institutions, where the Finnish-born Nobel Laureate, professor Ragnar Granit (1900 - 1991) pursued research, or which in some
other way are closely connected to his life-work. These are:
- the University of Helsinki, where he studied medicine, pursued research and served as a Professor of Physiology from 1937 to 1940,
- the Academy of Finland, which awarded him the honorary degree of Academician in 1985,
- the Nobel Institute for Neurophysiology at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, where he served as Professor of Neurophysiology from 1940 to 1967,
- Oxford University, where he conducted research in 1928 and 1932 - 1933,
- the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as "fellow in medical physics" from 1929 to 1932.
In addition to the aforementioned, the Finnish Ministry of Education made a donation to the founding capital of the Foundation.
It is the purpose of the Foundation to promote at an international level, basic and applied research, international education, and other development of bioelectromagnetism and biomedical engineering. To realize its purpose the Ragnar Granit Foundation supports The Ragnar Granit Institute and awards grants to Finnish and international scientists and research institutes conducting research and development within the field of the Foundation. The Foundation also publishes scientific publications and it supports financially scientific publishing of other institutions and persons.
The Ragnar Granit Foundation also awards the Ragnar Granit Prize for distinguished scientists in the field of bioelectromagnetism. Ragnar Granit Prize for Young Scientists is also awarded.
During the past decade the Foundation has supported the researchers of the Ragnar Granit Institute with research grants and publication grants, which are given for scientific publications in journals having an impact factor. The publication grant is given for the first author provided that he/she is from the Ragnar Granit Institute.
The Foundation has also supported the arrangement of the international, scientific Ragnar Granit Symposia (www.rgi.fi/edu/symposia.htm). It has also supported publication of the International Journal of Bioelectromagnetism. (www.ijbem.org)
The Foundation's finances have been based on donations made by private persons and corporate bodies. Donations of more than 850 € and less than 25.000 € are income tax deductible (www.rgs.fi/rgs_fi.htm). Within the Foundation it is possible to set up funds named according to the wish of the donating party, and this possibility has in fact been availed of.
Professor Jaakko Malmivuo, Director of The Ragnar Granit Institute serves as Chairman of the Board of the Foundation.
Ragnar Granit 1900 - 1991