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Helsinki 27.11.2018

Funding Info Day for maritime sector, shipping, logistics and marine industries

Messukeskus Conference Center


Finnish maritime cluster has the potential to become a global leader, and a forerunner in sustainability and digitalization. Strong and continuous development is a requirement for the competitiveness of the maritime cluster. Our aim is to encourage actors in the maritime sector to create innovations through collaboration.

The Funding Info Day will present the upcoming funding opportunities offered by Business Finland, the EU programmes Horizon 2020 and CEF for maritime and transport projects, research and innovations, and investments.

Also, a brief introduction to the application processes and technical requirements of the applications will be presented. Invited speakers will share their experiences on both the national and EU Horizon 2020 and CEF funding application processes and project management.

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss their project ideas with the representatives of the EC as well as the national authorities.

The Funding Info Day will be organized by Finnish Maritime Cluster (FMC), in cooperation with Business Finland, Ministry of Transport and Communications, and Finnish Transport Agency.


Tuesday 27.11.2018, 9:30–16:30.

Messukeskus Conference Centre, Messuaukio 1. Meeting room will be informed later.


(The event if full)

There will also be a possibility to follow the presentations via live streaming from here.


09.30–10.00:   Registration and Coffee

10.00–10.05:   Introduction and Welcome, by Merja Salmi-Lindgren, Project Manager, Finnish Maritime Cluster

10.05–10.45:   National Maritime Innovation Funding Instruments Today

  • Smart Mobility – Introduction by Ulla Lainio, Head of Smart Mobility, Business Finland
  • Funding services of Business Finland by Juha Suuronen Senior Director, Business Finland

11.00–12.00:   Horizon 2020 Programme Opportunities for the Maritime Cluster, by Tom Warras, Executive Coordinator, Business Finland

  • Calls for 2019
  • Calls for 2020
  • Application process and project management

12.00–13.00:   Lunch and Networking

13.00–13.30:   Experiences

  • Case: Using National & EU Level Funding in Commercialization of Norsepower Rotor Sail, by Tuomas Riski, CEO, Norsepower
  • Case: EU Project Applications: Experiences and Lessons Learned from SEDNA and MIRROR, by Martin Bergström, University Lecturer, Aalto University

13.30–14.00:   MoS Support to Maritime Actions Under CEF, by Jaroslaw Kotowski, Senior Project Manager, European Commission, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA)

14.00–14.30:   CEF Application Process, by Finnish Transport Agency 

14.30–15.00:   Coffee and Networking

15.00–15.30:   Experiences

  • Case: NextGen Link – Upgrade of the Maritime Link with the Port Interconnections in the ScanMed Corridor, by Markku Alahäme, Development Manager, Port of Turku
  • Case: Finnlines' Experience on the Application Process and Acting as a Project Coordinator for MoS Projects, by Thomas Doepel, Head of Group Purchasing, Finnlines

15.30–16.30:   Discussion of Possible Project Proposals

  • How to contribute to a smart, sustainable and safe maritime sector?
  • Short introductions of companies who can help you in building the proposal and support in coordinating the project

16.30:   Closure of the Event


Marjukka Holopainen-Rainio, Arctic Maritime & Offshore from Finland Program Manager, Business Finland
Email: marjukka.holopainen-rainio(at)
Phone: +358 50 5710 038

Merja Salmi-Lindgren, Project Manager, Finnish Maritime Cluster
Email: merja.salmi(at)
Phone: +358 40 5160054