Tekes funds high-quality scientific research associated with a vision of possible applications in business or society. Tekes funding can be applied by Finnish research organisations.

Funding for research organisations

Public research networked with companies

Tekes' most common funding instrument for research projects carried out by universities, polytechnics and research institutes. The funding is targeted to research projects that create new competence and solutions for identified  needs of businesses and industries.

New knowledge and business from research ideas

In this project type research organisations develop an idea further while preparing for the commercialisation of the idea into new business.

Strategic research openings

Strategic research openings create new high-level competences in areas expected to be important for businesses in the future.

Horizon 2020 funding

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding from 2014 to 2020. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Funding for Horizon 2020 project preparation

Prepare a project, or promote Finnish companies' Horizon 2020 participation.

Do you aim to

  • take your research to  the top international level?
  • create new business opportunities?
  • commercialise your results?
  • test ideas with a multidisciplinary group?

We fund research projects carried out by universities, polytechnics and research institutes in Finland.

Tekes funding covers generally 60% of the project costs.  Companies take part in projects by funding part of the project costs or by participating in the project's steering group. The project results are public.

The Tekes funding is especially targeted to extensive research projects with close international cooperation that bring together research groups or fields of science. Costs derived from working abroad can also be included in the project. 

How to apply

Research organisations can apply for Tekes funding during application periods connected to different research themes. Most calls for applications are linked to a Tekes programme. 

Joint projects with companies

Companies and research organisations can create a joint R&D project together. In this case the starting point of the project must be companies' research needs. In joint projects the applications can be submitted to Tekes at any time.