Call for research proposals – Business from digitalisation

Application period: Wed 11.03.2015 - Thu 17.09.2015

Who is this call for?

The Tekes call for proposals "Business from digitalisation" is for both joint research projects with business enterprises and to multi-disciplinary research projects. Two types of projects can participate:

1. Research projects carried out by companies:
Research projects carried out by companies may incorporate parallel research and product development projects of both mid-sized businesses and large companies. A research organisation's project may exist in parallel with the company's projects if it supports the company's research topic and its results can be applied extensively.

2. Public research networked with companies:
Public research networked with companies takes the research and innovation needs of businesses into account. The objective is to generate wide-ranging research projects based on the needs of businesses for expertise.

What is being researched?

The projects promote the creation of products, services, business models and production processes that utilise digital technology and comprise novelty value. The projects study how digital business activities can be promoted by revamping management, working methods and employee participation. The projects may also be related to the new technological solutions required by digital business activities.

Project research topics may include themes as:

  • Value from data and new business models, e.g. how unique competitive advantages, new types of customer understanding, and new types of business models can be created by utilising Big Data.
  • Customer-driven production, logistics and services.
  • New business ventures, radical alteration of operating methods and new revenue logics.
  • The reliability, security, fault tolerance, speed and capacity of digital systems and services.
  • The energy-efficiency of digital systems, e.g. with regard to extensive, software-based systems.
  • New-generation mobile solutions, e.g. 5G
  • Optics and photonics in industrial internet applications
  • Digital revolution of healthcare: utilising digitalisation in health and wellbeing solutions (e.g. in above-mentioned themes)

Research projects promoting digital business activities and their preconditions that fall outside the aforementioned parameters can also be funded through this call for proposals.

How will projects be evaluated?

1. We fund projects that are challenging and innovative in terms of research – ones that create entirely new innovations in the market – within the field of the call for proposals.

2. Plan your projects in cooperation with enterprises. Build a research plan around the shared research needs of cluster of companies. Avoid resolving cases that are close to the product development activities of individual enterprises.

3. Participation notices submitted by businesses play an important part in the project evaluation process. Businesses participating in projects must answer the following questions:

  • What are the most important needs for expertise identified by the business that will ensure its ability to reinvent itself and make it competitive in this field internationally?
  • How will the results of the research project increase the business's expertise?
  • How will the business make use of the outcomes of the research project in practice?
  • Businesses must submit their project participation notifications to Tekes as appendices to their applications (rtf, in Finnish) by 17 September 2015.

4. Make a clear and versatile plan for utilising results. We support the planning of projects that promote the growth and renewal of medium-sized businesses' international activities.

5. Acquire corporate funding that covers at least 10 percent of the approved costs of public research networked with companies.

6. We do not provide funding for research that overlaps with the activities of the Strategic Research Council, the Academy of Finland, or the Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation.

How to apply?

The application process features only one stage. Applications must be submitted to Tekes by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday 17 September 2015 via the online service. Select "Digihaku 2015" (Proposals for business activities 2015 in the menu located in the basic information section of the application form.)

The majority of the decisions on project to be funded will be made by the end of 2015.

How to obtain further information?

An info event and workshop concerning the application process will be held between 12:00 noon and 4:30 p.m. at Messukeskus Helsinki. This event is also available as a webcast; this recording can be viewed on the event website after the fact. A "sparring clinic" where you will be provided with individualised feedback on your plan will be arranged in connection with the workshop.

How to secure EU funding for a project?

Information on participation and project preparations is available on the Tekes Horizon 2020 office website. Requests for advance information on proposals for 2016–2017 should be aimed at Tekes experts.

Who to call for further information?

Marko Heikkinen, Strategic Programme Manager (proposals in general, Industrial Internet and 5thGear)
+358 50 5577 773
marko.heikkinen (at)

Mika Klemettinen, Programme Manager (5thGear programme, cyber security)
+358 50 5577 647
mika.klemettinen (at)

Kari Penttinen, Programme Manager (Industrial Internet programme)
+358 50 5577 916
kari.penttinen (at)

Nuppu Rouhiainen, Programme Manager (Liideri programme, management and business models)
+358 50 5577 949
nuppu.rouhiainen (at)

Jaana Auramo, Director (proposals in general)
+358 50 5577 689
jaana.auramo (at)

Kimmo Ahola, Senior Adviser (digital systems)
+358 50 5577 756
kimmo.ahola (at)

Kari Markus, Senior Adviser (digital systems)
+358 50 5577 864
kari.markus (at)

Pekka Ollikainen, Senior Adviser (digital systems)
+358 50 5577 758
pekka.ollikainen (at)

Sampsa Nissinen, Senior Adviser (business models)
+358 50 5577 687
sampsa.nissinen (at)

Auli Pere, Programme Manager (Bits of Health programme)
+358 50 5577 799
auli.pere (at)

Harri Ojansuu, Senior Adviser (digital healthcare and wellbeing solutions)
+358 40 8374 322
harri.ojansuu (at)

Teppo Tuomikoski, Senior Adviser (digital healthcare and wellbeing solutions)
+358 50 5577 749
teppo.tuomikoski (at)

Tekes Senior Advisers for EU research and innovation programmes. (