Into funding is intended to help startups and SMEs that plan to enter export markets. With this funding, you can buy the best possible consultancy services to boost innovation at your company. You can also use the funding to protect your industrial property rights or hire an expert from a research institute or a large company for a specific period of time.
The level of funding provided for an Into project depends on your company's goals and resources. Into funding is a Business Finland grant which is paid retrospectively to your company based on the actual costs you have reported.
Business Finland can provide funding for up to 50% of the total project budget. No maximum project budget has been set; however, consultancy services can be purchased only up to €200,000. The smallest possible project budget is €30,000, meaning that the smallest grant is €15,000.
Apply for Into funding, for example, in the following cases:
Into funding is intended for increasing your company's innovation competencies and for developing your innovation activities in a comprehensive and versatile manner. Your company's development project can focus on one or more topics.
Below you can find some examples of development projects that are eligible for Into funding:
We cannot grant your company funding if:
Please make sure you resolve the above matters before applying for funding!
The funding terms and conditions describe the costs that Business Finland can fund, how we monitor your project costs, and how you should report on the progress of your project.
Send your application and attachments via our online service. You can also keep track of the processing of your application in the online service.
In the application form, you will be asked to set 2–5 measurable goals for your project. These goals must be linked to concrete outcomes of the project and the development of your business. The project goals will be recorded in the funding decision, and Business Finland will monitor their fulfillment. The achievement of set goals is a significant factor in deciding whether your company can receive possible further funding from Business Finland.
Examples of project goals:
As a part of your application, please submit a project plan. The plan can be either entered directly in the application form fields or attached to the application as a separate file.
Please detail at least the following items in your project plan:
Please submit the following financial information on your company with the application:
In order to make the funding decision, we may ask your company for additional information if necessary.
Business Finland can accept costs starting from the date the application was submitted, at the earliest. Costs related to acquiring, applying for, reinforcing or expanding IPRs cannot exceed 50% of the total project budget.
Examples of eligible costs within an Into project:
Advisory and support services, acquiring IPRs and intellectual property, purchasing specialized training.
Travel and salary costs
Travel and salary costs are eligible is they are linked to hiring a fixed-term expert or applying for a patent or another industrial property right.
Indirect personnel costs
Indirect personnel costs cannot exceed 50% of the paid salaries.
The following costs cannot be accepted as project costs
Plan a project and define its goals. Ensure the sufficiency of self-financing.
Submit your application through online services. Submit the additional information requested.
Business Finland will assess your application and notify you of its decision. Read the decision and its terms and conditions, and approve the decision in online services.
Arrange project accounting. Notify Business Finland of any changes.
Report your project's implementation and costs. Attach the additional information requested with your report.