The purpose of the Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation is to promote Finnish research in economics and medicine, and to maintain and support Finnish educational and research facilities. It also supports Finnish research in medical economics, overlapping with both the aforementioned fields.
To implement these goals the Foundation gives out grants and prizes for research and postgraduate studies. The Foundation has been awarding grants for over half of a century now. The Foundation’s most important international award is Yrjö Jahnsson Award in Economics.
The Foundation organizes lectures and seminars, such as Yrjö Jahnsson Lectures and Medical Symposiums.
The Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation was established in 1954 by Mrs. Hilma Jahnsson, who provided the original capital by donating funds acquired with her husband Yrjö Jahnsson, a professor of economics.