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1 Tekes research call 2015 for sustainable growth themes Kimmo Kanto, Director Information event

2 Agenda and presentation content Background for the call Tekes strategy in natural resources and resource efficiency Sustainable Growth campaign Call for research proposals 1. Collaboration between companies and research groups Call guidelines and evaluation principles 2. Public research networked with companies Call guidelines and evaluation principles Application process Q&A

3 Focus areas of Tekes strategy Tekes as an active and visible playmaker in selected fields New business ecosystems Market access Bioeconomy Digitalisation Cleantech Intangibility and value creation Natural resources and resource efficiency Digitalisation renewing business and industry Wellbeing and health

4 Collaborative research with enterprises Research organizations develop new knowledge and competences needed by businesses. Enterprises participate in the project through co-funding and potential exploitation of the research results Three main thematic calls Most common instrument for Tekes research funding Strategic research openings To create new high-level competences in areas expected to be important for businesses in the future. No new calls New knowledge and business from research ideas To develop a research idea further while preparing for its commercialization into new business Calls March & Sept 2015 (tbc)

5 FiDiPro Innovationpolicy research EAKR EU structural funds European programmes Enabling distinguished international researchers to work and team up with the 'best of the best' in Finnish academic research. Call open (phase 1) Research that produces topical analyses of how innovations emerge and how they change industries and society. EU structural funds are used to complement Tekes national research funding Support and guidance into international research funding programs, e.g. EU Horizon

6 Tekes research calls 2015 Collaborative research with enterprises New year 2015 December (2014) calls published February health & wellness September - Digitalisation renewing industries April - Natural resources and resource efficiency Summer

7 General policy and research funding context National strategies and funding calls boosting growth in the field of natural resources and resource efficiency Tekes calls: Focus areas of Tekes strategy National strategies in the fiel (Finnish Bioeconomy Strategy, Cleantech etc) Horizon 2020 Strategic Research Council Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation (SHOK) Academy of Finland

8 Tekes research funding what, how, when

9 Team Finland's Sustainable Growth campaign Tekes and its partners are looking for new types of projects that will create entirely new innovations for the cleantech and bioeconomy markets. Research projects must be planned in close cooperation with companies and the business world. The projects contents and goals must be based on commercial research needs. Tekes call for proposals 1. Tekes funding for companies, special focus for SME projects. 2. Parallel projects between companies and research organisations 3. Multidisciplinary research projects that are carried out by research institutions (universities, research institutes and polytechnics) and networked with industry (10% co-funding required).

10 Research projects carried out by companies: Projects by individual companies and joint projects by company consortia Companies and company consortia are encouraged to apply for funding for research, development and innovation projects the aim of which is international growth and business renewal. In particular, Tekes encourages building new business ecosystems, increased customer-orientation and piloting of new solutions in real-life settings. Tekes standard funding criteria and funding levels for company projects will be applied. There has been changes starting ! More information:

11 Research projects carried out by companies: Collaboration between companies and research groups -Parallel projects Companies are encouraged to execute the research project in collaboration with another company or research group. Tekes can fund projects as parallel projects. When the partner is a university or a research institute, Tekes requires that companies' needs serve as a starting point for the project plan. Every partner send it own application to Tekes Please contact Tekes advisers already when planning the project

12 Collaboration between companies and research groups -Parallel projects The motivation of joint projects arise from companies' research and business renewal needs. A joint project includes companies' own R&D projects and a parallel public research project conducted by research organizations. In joint projects, companies' total costs must be at least 50% of the total joint project volume, if company partners are SMEs (min. 3 company partners needed) In joint projects, companies' total costs must be at least 70% of the total joint project volume if company partners are large corporations In addition to each partner s own project plans, a shared general level description about the aims, tasks and results of the joint project must be included lisätietoa rinnakkaisprojekteista

13 Multidisciplinary research projects Public research networked with companies Projects must be planned in close cooperation with companies and the business world. The project s contents and goals must be based on commercial research needs. Companies' needs serve as a starting point for the project plan. Target is to create new knowledge and competence to serve as a basis for companies future business Interest expressed by businesses in the project contents is a precondition for being granted Tekes research funding. The research project can not do direct product development for a company. Participating companies fund 10% of the project costs lisätietoa elinkeinoelämän kanssa verkottuneista projekteista

14 Call guidelines, specially for multidisciplinary research projects Projects should be planned in close cooperation with companies and the business life. Project contents and goals must be based on commercial research needs. Companies indicate their commitment and interests to a project by filling in the Notification of participation in project (rtf) form. Special questions for utilisation of the new knowledge and the results of the project. The application must specify the concrete ways in which discussions will take place with enterprises and sectors of industry interested in the research.

15 Call guidelines, specially for multidisciplinary research projects, Project execution plan describing objectives, tasks, resources and key milestones that are essential for the utilization of research results has to be included in the application Utilisation plan of the new knowledge and the results must be included to a project plan. A steering group with representatives from companies and other parties important from the viewpoint of utilization of the research results shall be appointed to follow up each project. Tekes funding share is 60% or 70% of the project's total costs.

16 Evaluation principles All proposals are evaluated by Tekes standard evaluation principles how novel and ambitious is project s technology and competence development the impact of the project to future business opportunities and the society companies' role in the project and in utilizing the research results project resources, competences, international cooperation Ensuring the commitment of companies potentially utilizing the results and their active participation in the project's steering group. in the preparation of the project project management and work of the steering group 10 % co-funding required, in-kind contributions do not replace s

17 Application process Call published Information event Applicant s days (sparrauspäivät) in March 2015 Helsinki, Oulu and Tampere Individual min meetings with Tekes advisers to get feedback and guidance, appointments to be booked in advance A summary of the proposal must be provided in advance; structured template will be provided. Call deadline Full application with all appendixes: project plan, participation and co-funding statements from companies / other organizations

18 Practicalities about the application submission Joint projects (multiple applicants) must have a common project title/heading. All partners in joint projects (multiple applicants) must submit their application before the deadline. In the application forms, select participation in the Green Growth program all applicants! Application and project plan can be written in English or Finnish Notification of participation in project (rtf) forms from the companies must be in Tekes

19 Thank you! Q&A Networking

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