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Call 23.8.2021-31.3.2022

Low carbon built environment: Innovation funding call

The funding call applies to the built environment and construction, including design, planning, permit processes, construction, the design and manufacture of building products, the built heritage, building systems, property maintenance, the real estate business and building management, connections to the infrastructure and energy efficiency, and service providers. 

Further information


Virpi Mikkonen
Business Finland


Ilmari Absetz
Business Finland


Sini Uuttu
Business Finland


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The goal is to boost the deployment of technologies, services and operating models that combat climate change and support low carbon practices in the construction sector, change operating methods, and increase productivity.

Buildings, building products and construction constitute a significant sector in responding to questions related to climate change mitigation, low carbon practices, and the circular economy. Projects may be associated with energy efficiency, climate and environmental solutions, new energy solutions or the low carbon built environment, and related digital solutions. Responding to challenges calls for cross-sector expertise and networks between different parties.

For which projects can funding be applied?

In the funding call for a low carbon built environment, Business Finland provides funding for new creative research through aid. The aid is intended for independent research projects of companies or co-innovation projects conducted with research organizations. Municipalities and other public procurement units can apply for support for innovative public procurement.

Projects funded through aid:

  • create new competence and information for companies and partnership networks
  • take greater risks than normal and, if successful, involve a high market potential
  • often require more development afterwards to commercialize the results

How to apply for funding?

Basic applicant and application information is completed in Business Finland's online service.

  • Select the funding service.
    • Companies: “Research, development and piloting” or “Co-innovation”
    • Research organizations: “Co-innovation”
    • Public service providers: “Innovative public procurement”
  • Under “Programs and other connections”, select “RRF – Finland’s Sustainable Growth Programme” for your application and then the “RRF – Low carbon built environment” identifier in the menu.
  • Respond to the questions related to environmental impact. Every project provided with RRF funding must fulfill the “Do No Significant Harm (DNSH)” requirements. The EU RRF requires that no measures do any significant harm to the environment.

Funding schedule

According to the preliminary plan, a total of EUR 32 million of funding will be granted in 2021, 2022 and 2023. Business Finland will make funding decisions following normal selection criteria. Applications must be submitted by 15 October 2021 for funding granted in 2021, and by 31 March 2022 for funding granted in 2022.

Projects provided with RRF funding must be completed no later than December 2025.

Read more about Finland's program for sustainable growth