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Call 30.9.2021-31.1.2022

Partnership model funding call for companies and research organizations

Partnership funding for research, development, and innovation projects in leading companies' ecosystem themes.

Further information

ABB ecosystem 

Simo Säynevirta
simo.saynevirta (at)

Sini Uuttu
sini.uuttu (at)

Jarkko Piirto
jarkko.piirto (at)


Fortum and Metsä Group ecosystem 

Heli Virkki
heli.virkki (at)

Katariina Kemppainen
katariina.kemppainen (at)

Tuomas Lehtinen
tuomas.lehtinen (at)

Mikko Kiiskinen
mikko.kiiskinen (at)


Kone ecosystem

Jaana Hyvärinen (research partnerships)
jaana.hyvarinen (at)

Mikko Mattila (other partnerships)
mikko.mattila (at)

Sakari Karppinen
sakari.karppinen (at)

Rauli Hulkkonen
rauli.hulkkonen (at)


Neste ecosystem 

Juha Leppävuori
juha.leppavuori (at)

Kari Keskinen
kari.keskinen (at)

Markku Lämsä
markku.lamsa (at)


Nokia ecosystem 

Jarkko Pellikka
Jarkko.pellikka (at)

Kari Leino
kari.leino (at)

Kimmo Ahola
kimmo.ahola (at)


Sandvik ecosystem

Miika Kaski
miika.kaski (at)

Kari Koskela
kari.koskela (at)

Rauli Hulkkonen
rauli.hulkkonen (at)

Business Finland offers partnership funding for research, development, and innovation projects in leading companies' ecosystem themes. Funding is intended in particular for joint projects between companies and joint projects between companies and research organizations. Funding may also be granted to individual companies or research organizations or to joint projects of research organizations.

Leading companies can participate in the joint projects, but they are not eligible for funding. Therefore, the participating leading companies do not have to apply for funding for their own share. Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2022. Several calls are opened annually. Cut-off dates for the other 2022 calls are: April 14, 2022 and September 30, 2022

In 2020, Business Finland challenged leading companies to solve significant future challenges and to increase their research, development and innovation (RDI) investments in Finland. Six projects from seven leading companies were selected as the winners of the challenge competition. The leading companies are ABB, Fortum and Metsä Group, Kone Neste, Nokia and Sandvik.

The objective of Business Finland is to increase innovation activities and the competitive advantage of Finnish companies in international markets with partnership funding.


Applications for funding may be submitted for projects relating to the subjects described in leading companies' roadmaps. Roadmaps set out leading companies’ views on the solutions, technologies and competences needed to achieve the defined missions.

See roadmaps (pdf):


Companies can apply funding for:

  • A Co-Innovation joint project between companies or between companies and research organizations.
  • Their own research and development project.

Research organizations can apply funding for:

  • A Co-Innovation joint project between the research organization and companies.
  • An individual research project or a joint research project. Research projects require international cooperation and at least three companies must participate in the project steering group. These companies may also include leading companies.

Read more about Business Finland’s R&D funding:


Before submitting the funding application, please discuss the content and implementation of the project with Business Finland and the contact persons of the leading companies (see contact information). However, this is not a prerequisite for funding. Business Finland makes funding decisions according to the normal funding criteria.

Call declaration and instructions (pdf)

Call summary (pdf)

Read more on the funding for leading companies and ecosystems

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