Tekes funding - instructions

Instructions on how to apply for funding

To make a funding decision, we need information on the applicant and the research and development to be funded. We always consult the customer before making a decision. Always talk to a Tekes expert before submitting a funding application. Such a discussion is the easiest way of identifying which funding and type of application are most suitable for your situation.  

Examples of application files

Present your idea before you submit a funding application

Please contact a Tekes expert before submitting a funding application to find the most suitable service for your situation.

Funding applications are submitted through the Online Services.

Attachments to the application

Project plan

To make a decision, Tekes will need a concise, clear description of the project's key content, aims, schedule and available resources. This plan will also be used for monitoring the project and evaluating its results. A well-crafted plan and application are signs of the applicant's project management expertise.

If you fill in the various fields of the application carefully enough, a separate project plan is not always needed. However, you are always free to send us an attachment. Attaching a project plan is obligatory in the case of, say, extensive company projects, funding for innovative start-ups and public research projects.

In addition to the project plan, an R&D cost estimate is needed. Tekes funding is based on two cost estimate models. The cost estimate is determined by the applicant's financing needs. For further information on this, please read the section “Cost estimate”. 

The progress of an application in Tekes

The scope and content of the project will affect the processing time of your application. We aim to process applications from SMEs within 60 days and from large corporations within 75 days of receiving them. We recommend that you contact Tekes experts before submitting your application.

Further information

You can edit your application in the Online Services section until your project officer locks it for processing. However, you cannot edit your application immediately after you have submitted it if it has not yet been registered by Tekes. This interval may last two to three days.

Service time pledge

The project officer appointed to handle your application is indicated in the Online Service. The project officer will make you a service time pledge within three weeks of receiving your application. The promised service time is also indicated in the Online Service.                                      


If necessary, the project officer will request further information through the Online Service and call the application's contact person by phone. As it is often easiest to handle things face-to-face, we recommend that you pay us a visit.                                                                                                  

Funding decision

Once the details of the application are complete, the project officer will enter it into the funding decision process. The project officer will notify you of the outcome of the funding decision as soon as possible after it has been made.                                                     

Funding decision

Favourable funding decision

Project costs can be accepted starting from the day the application has been received by Tekes. However, you should take care of project accounting and working time monitoring from the beginning of the project. Read more by clicking on “Project accounting and working time monitoring” in the adjacent column. We also recommend that you familiarise yourself with the general terms and conditions of funding.

Appeals for rectification

If you are dissatisfied with a Tekes decision, you can apply for reconsideration. Instructions for claims for rectification can be found in all announcements of decisions that we send to our customers. 

Funding cannot be granted if

  • the applicant is a natural person, including private entrepreneurs (commercial name)
  • the applicant is a ‘firm in difficulty’ as referred to in EU legislation (insolvent or has lost more than a half of its share capital)
  • the company has tax arrears, is behind in its repayments of earlier Tekes loans, has a poor credit history, delayed payments or other neglected financial obligations
  • the project plan is missing or too vague
  • the company does not have the funding (own or external) required for the project
  • the solution (product, service, etc.) to be developed is not new or does not have a sufficient competitive edge compared to solutions that already exist on the market
  • the project has only a small impact on the company's business
  • Tekes's funding would have no effect on the realisation of the project.