foundation's field of interest

Purpose of the foundation is to support the development of automation and control technology and especially to promote the development and use of pipeline flow control and shut-off equipment and technology, including advanced maintenance activities.

The goal is to advance technical and economic competitiveness through creative thinking, concrete technical improvements, and scientific development.

Innovative solutions may include product-level development work, improvements to production technology, and optimization of flow technology inside the pipeline, also by using artificial intelligence and digital solutions in an insightful way.

Taking improvements in environmental technology into account is considered important.


A person or team studying artificial intelligence and developing new solutions related to the design of valves, actuators, valve controllers or related instrumentation.

A person or team developing process and flow technologies, related to mitigating climate change.

A person or team applying exceptionally creative thinking to process and flow technology design and research.

Rewarding a person or team that has carried out long-term, important, or otherwise distinguished work for the development of equipment or technologies related to pipeline flow control and shut-off.

Supporting initiatives that improve the production technology, quality or competitiveness of valves, actuators and valve controllers, either by awarding recognitions or by participating in the development costs of such initiatives.

A person or team studying optimized, integrated cooperation between technical and control devices used in processes related to pipeline flow control.

A person or team to support scientific research concerning the valve industry.

The development of new innovative initiatives in industrial and economic operations concerning the valve industry.


If you are interested in research work related to Foundation’s field of interest or you are aiming for doctoral or licentiate thesis work you can submit your application to the Foundation. Please, attach well-defined and detailed research plan as part of your application.

Application and reporting instructions to the applicants


Grant is paid according to the progress of the work. Typical amount of grant has been 3000-8000 Euros.

Board of Trustees of Foundation meets twice a year. Submit your application latest by 31st March or 31st October.

Please submit your application to or

Neles Oy:n 30-vuotissäätiö
c/o Valmet Flow Control Oy
Helena Airaksinen
PL 304
01301 VANTAA

For further information, please contact Chairman of Board of Trustees Markku Ahlbäck: +358 400 430 367