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Call 30.9.2021-13.4.2023

Partnership model funding call for companies and research organizations

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

Further information on ecosystems


Simo Säynevirta
simo.saynevirta (at)


Sini Uuttu
sini.uuttu (at)


Borealis Polymers

Jari Lehtinen
jari.lehtinen (at)


Tuomas Lehtinen
tuomas.lehtinen (at)


Fortum & Metsä Group

Maiju Miettinen
maiju.miettinen (at)


Katariina Kemppainen
katariina.kemppainen (at)


Tuomas Lehtinen
tuomas.lehtinen (at)



Ulla Tikkanen
ulla.tikkanen (at)


Mikko Mattila
mikko.mattila (at)


Sakari Karppinen
sakari.karppinen (at)


Meyer Turku

Ilkka Rytkölä
ilkka.rytkola (at)


Riku Mäkelä
riku.makela (at)



Charlotta Risku
charlotta.risku (at)


Jarmo Raittila
jarmo.raittila (at)



Teija Laitinen
teija.laitinen (at)


Maarit Kokko
maarit.kokko (at)


Nokia 5G 

Jarkko Pellikka
jarkko.pellikka (at)

Kari Leino
kari.leino (at)


Nokia Edge

Jarkko Pellikka
jarkko.pellikka (at)


Sixten Sandström
sixten.sandstrom (at)



Jani Kivioja
jani.kivioja (at)


Jöns Tuomaranta
jons.tuomaranta (at)



Miika Kaski
miika.kaski (at)

Kari Koskela
kari.koskela (at)



Christian Sundell
Christian.Sundell (at)


Timo Sorsa
timo.sorsa (at)



Janne Pynnönen
janne.pynnonen (at)


Kari Koskela
kari.koskela (at)



Kenneth Widell
kenneth.widell (at)


Tero Ijäs
tero.ijas (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. Several calls are opened annually. Next cut-off date for the 2023 calls: April 13. Other cut-off dates for 2023: September 13th.

In 2020 and 2021, Business Finland challenged leading companies to solve significant future challenges and to increase their research, development and innovation (RDI) investments in Finland. The leading companies are ABB, Borealis Polymers, Fortum, Kone, Metsä Group, Meyer Turku, Neste, Nokia, Sandvik, TietoEVRY, Valmet and Wärtsilä.

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

What themes are eligible for 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):

What projects are eligible for funding?

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:

How to apply for 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.

Partnership model funding call instructions (pdf)

Read more on the funding for leading companies and ecosystems

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