Joint call for proposals for the Innovative Cities programme and the Six City Strategy

Application period: Tue 08.03.2016 - Fri 10.06.2016

Tekes is launching a call for project proposals centred around the themes of the Innovative Cities programme and the Six City Strategy. The call is targeted at Finnish businesses that are planning to expand into or that are in the process of entering international markets. Proposals are welcomed from both individual businesses and consortia. The call also applies to businesses outside the six biggest cities (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu).

The aim is to find proposals that could solve challenges associated with the concept of smart cities and bring new innovations to the market. The participating cities will provide businesses with opportunities to test their solutions in real urban environments.

Tekes is particularly interested in proposals that promote the internationalisation of SMEs.


  • Smart urban environments – suburban development
  • Circular economy and industrial symbioses
  • E-services
  • Health and well-being

See the annex (pdf, only in Finnish) for more information on the priorities.

Several information events will be organised around the call for proposals. Registration will open on this page in due course:

  • 4 April: Kuopio
  • 4 April: Oulu
  • 5 April: Tampere
  • 11 April: Turku
  • 20 April: Capital region

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 10 June 2016. Applications must be submitted via Tekes's online services portal at In the "Project details" section, applicants should specify that their applications relate to Tekes's Innovative Cities programme.

Decisions on the projects to be funded will be made in August/September.

Six City Strategy

Six City Strategy – Open and Smart Services is a strategy for sustainable urban development in Finland's six biggest cities: Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu. The strategy is for the years 2014–2020 and its aim is to create new know-how, business and jobs in Finland.

Innovative Cities

Innovative Cities (2014–2017) is a programme aimed at supporting the establishment of competitive high-tech businesses and thereby promoting the creation of innovation clusters in Finland.

Further information

See the annex (pdf, only in Finnish) for contact persons for specific themes and cities. For more information about the call in general, please contact:

Markku Koponen, Programme Manager, Innovative Cities
markku.koponen (at), tel. +358 50 5577 646

Suvi Sundquist, Director, Digital SMEs
suvi.sundquist (at), tel. +358 50 5577 675

Minna Torppa, Programme Manager, Six City Strategy
minna.torppa (at), tel. +358 40 556 2125