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. Funding can be applied continuously. An exception to this are those applications that only involve research organizations. These applications should be submitted by September 30, 2021.
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:
Research organizations can apply funding for:
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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.
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