Public research networked with companies

Joint project

For whom?

The funding is intended for cooperation and joint projects between research organisations and companies. At least three companies must be involved in joint projects, on the basis of their own, Tekes-funded projects.


Tekes funds projects that are based on private sector needs, jointly conducted by companies and research organisations, and focused on a shared theme.


You want to engage in research in close cooperation with companies.

You have business partners simultaneously engaged in R&D of their own on the same theme as your research project. The companies can be of any size.

The challenges faced by the companies involved lie in research topics that may be of joint and general benefit. However, the research project cannot involve direct product development or purchase-service type research.

Through the research project, you are seeking results with clear impacts on the business sector.

The companies are seeking to expedite the utilisation of the research expertise and solutions in their innovation activities.

How to apply for funding

You can apply on a continuous basis.

We will be delighted to discuss projects that are at the planning stage.

Funding applications must be submitted via the Tekes online service.

What can the funding be used for?

Tekes may fund problem-oriented, internationally competitive research and researcher mobility involving research organisations.

How does the funding work?

Tekes's share of funding is typically 60% of the research project's total costs. Extensively, internationally networked projects may be granted 70% of the total project costs.

Evaluation of applications

Tekes experts evaluate the joint project as a whole. The evaluation also takes account of other, competing funding applications. Important evaluation factors:

  • the overall impact on the business development of the companies involved
  • the novelty value and challenging nature of the technology or competence to be developed via the research project
  • the resources, competence levels and international cooperation associated with the project

Utilisation of the results

  • The aim is the extensive utilisation of the results in the private sector and as a starting point for other research. Companies participating in the project have the primary right to negotiate over the research results.
  • A utilisation plan will be drawn up for the research project during the application stage. The plan must include measures for securing the utilisation of the results: e.g., agreement on IP rights.
  • The results will be made public after the completion of the research project. The beneficiary will be responsible for publishing and announcing the results.
  • When announcing the results, the funding recipient must ensure that the utilisation objectives are not jeopardised, for example the security of information intended for commercial exploitation must not be compromised by the premature and unplanned publication of the findings.
  • A data management plan promoting the transparency of public research information must be drawn up during the application stage.
  • The Steering Group must be consulted on the publication of the results.

Steering and monitoring

  • An accountable project leader, appointed by the beneficiary organisation, will be responsible for the scientific and research content of the project.
  • A Steering Group will be appointed for the project, with the task of assisting with the implementation of the project through an advisory role.
  • In addition to the beneficiary and project partners, external experts will be invited to join the Steering Group.
  • A Tekes representative will have the right to participate in Steering Group meetings. An invitation to the meeting and the related material must be submitted to Tekes in good time before the date of each meeting. Minutes must be taken at the meetings, which must be sent to the Tekes contact person in addition to the Steering Group members.
  • A report must be submitted on the research project, via Tekes' online service, 2-3 times a year.

Eligible costs

All costs that arise must be related to the implementation of the project. Eligible costs include:

  • wages and salaries
  • indirect personnel costs
  • indirect costs (overheads)
  • travel expenses
  • costs of materials and supplies
  • machinery and equipment purchases as direct costs
  • purchased services necessary for the implementation of the project

The following costs are not eligible:

  • gratuitous expenditure such as grants, donations, awards
  • the costs of financial activities
  • entertainment expenses (excluding meeting costs related to negotiations on the project)
  • advertising or marketing costs