Public research networked with companies

Research project

For whom?

Funding is intended for research organisation projects that will benefit companies


Tekes funds research organisation projects involving the creation of new competencies and solutions for the identified needs of companies. A competitive advantage based on new competencies creates a foundation for long-term international growth.


When you want to research topics that are relevant to the business sector and want to network with companies.

With your research project, you are seeking results with clear impacts on the development of private sector competencies and international growth and, thereby, society.

Your project has at least three, committed private sector partners that want to participate as both co-funders and members of the Project Steering Group.

When a project is not seeking to solve the concrete challenges of a single company. The research project cannot involve direct product development or commissioned research for the companies involved.

How to apply for funding?

Three theme-based calls for applications each year. Find out more about the annual funding application schedule and calls for applications.

We will be delighted to discuss projects that are at the planning stage. The contact information of Tekes staff can be found in calls for applications.

Funding applications must be submitted via the Tekes online service.

What can the funding be used for?

Create new knowledge and expertise, which requires considerable R&D from the beneficiary before the product or service enters the markets.

How does the funding work?

Tekes's share of the funding is typically 60% of the project's total costs.

Companies fund at least 10% of the project's total costs. The research organisation commits to 30% self-funding.

Evaluation of applications

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

  • the novelty value and challenging nature of the technology or competence to be developed via the research project
  • the project's impacts on the development of the business and on society
  • the role of businesses in the realisation and steering of the project and the utilisation of its results
  • 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.
  • The research organisation will own the IP rights for the results, whereas the private-sector co-funders of the project will have the primary right to negotiate on their utilisation.
  • 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: agreement on IP rights etc.
  • The results will be made public after the completion of the research project. The funding recipient 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.
  • The Project Steering Group must be consulted on the announcement of the results.
  • A data management plan promoting the transparency of public research information must be drawn up during the application stage.

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 co-funders, 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