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1 Institutional Mapping of Finland's National System of Innovation First Step

2 RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PARLIAMENT Science and Technology Policy Council COUNCIL OF STATE Ministries Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council promoting and supporting organizations Academy of Finland Tekes PUBLIC R&D ORGANIZATIONS Technical Research Universities Centre of Finland (VTT) National Research Institutes Research Units and departments of entreprises Joint institutes of enterprises Private nonprofit institutes PRIVATE R&D ORGANIZATIONS Scientific societies Private funds and foundations TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER Science/Technology Parks University/Research institute based technology transfer companies Centres of Epertise Regional Centres of Labour and Business Development VENTURE CAPITAL SITRA Private and mied VC organizations Industry Investment Ltd. Start Fund of Kera Ltd.

3 Description of institutions Parliament makes laws with the President of the Republic and approves the annual state budget. Oversees the State administration and the activities of public officials. Council of State (or Government). For the general governing of the State there is a Council of State, which consist of a Prime Minister and the necessary number of ministers (up to 17). The term is also applied to the whole formed by the Government and the 13 ministries. Science & Technology Policy Council is an advisory body to the Government in issues relating to science, technology and innovation policy. The Council is chaired by the Prime Minister and its membership consists of 5 other ministers and 10 high level epert members. Ministries Ministry of Trade and Industry Ministry of Education Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Ministry of Defence Ministry of Environment Ministry of Finance Ministry of Transport and Communications Ministry for Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Interior Ministry of Justice Ministry of Labour Prime Minister's Office Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FHEEC) assists universities and polytechnics and the Ministry of Education in matters relating to evaluation. The aim is to make evaluations an integral part of institutional practice and to enhance institutions' epertise in evaluation. The Council may also evaluate the impact of certain higher education policy solutions. The Evaluation Council is a coordinating and implementing epert body independent of both educational administration and higher education institutions. It does not make administrative decisions. The Council consists of 12 members invited by the Ministry of Education for a four-year term. Its Secretariat has 4 members. Academy of Finland advances scientific and its eploitation, develops international cooperation and serves as an epert body in matters concerning science policy. Funding includes the funding of high-standard and er training in fied-term projects and the creating of other preconditions for, such as participation in international cooperation and the publication of results. Epert tasks: The Academy has commissioned evaluations of fields of in Finland since In 1995 it started an evaluation of the overall state and standard of in Finland. The purpose of this evaluation is to provide an overall picture of Finnish, and some of its most important functions will be to prepare a basic charting of, for eample, the resources and organizational structure of science, the standard of and its social significance. The first evaluation of these will be completed in The

4 Academy is also responsible of the selection of Finnish er training programmes and in the designation of Centres of Ecellence in Research. Technology Development Centre (Tekes) promotes the technological competitiveness in Finnish industry. Activities should lead to an increase and diversification of industrial production and eports and an improvement of well-being in society. Tekes promotes technological and development and the cooperation of companies, universities and institutes within Finland as well as internationally. Main duties: 1) laying out technological strategies, 2) funding applied and development projects of industry (note especially Technology programmes which are a means of creating new technological know-how through the cooperation of companies, institutes and universities. Industry plays an active role in coordinating and defining and directing the content of the programmes. Currently there are 80 active programmes), 3) co-ordination and funding of international technology co-operation (promotion of Finland's participation in and development programmes of the European Union and cooperation with EUREKA, ESA, COST, IMS, IEA, OECD, the Nordic countries, USA, Japan and China) 4) information and technology transfer (especially sme). Finland has 20 Universities - ten multidisciplinary and si specialist institutions and four art academies - all of them State-run and engaged in both education and. The university network covers the entire country. The development of the university system was characterized by epansion from the 1960s to the 1980s by a rapid growth in resources and an increase in independent decision-making from the mid-1980s up to In 1990s, the functional independence of universities has continued to grow, while attention has focused increasingly on improving performance and quality. The ependiture of the university sector has also continued to grow after a slight decrease between due to the economic recession. The structural development of the higher education system taking currently place in Finland will result in the establishment of a distinct non-university sector of higher education by the end of the decade. Finland has the following universities located in 11 university town: University of Helsinki Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration Sibelius Academy University of Art and Design The Theatre Academy Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki University of Technology University of Turku Åbo Akademi University Turku School of Economics and Business Administration Lappeenranta University of Technology University of Tampere Tampere University of Technology University of Jyväskylä University of Joensuu University of Vaasa University of Kuopio University of Oulu University of Lappland.

5 3 Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) is an impartial epert organization that carries out technical and technoeconomic and development work. VTT develops technologies to improve both the competitiveness of companies and the basic infrastructure of society, and to foster the creation of new businesses. 9 Institutes :Electronics, Information Technology, Automation, Chemical Technology, Biotechnology and Food Research, Energy, Manufacturing Technology, Building Technology, Communities and Infrastructure. National Research Institutes The Research Institute for the Languages of Finland The National Board of Antiquities Geological Survey of Finland (GSF) The National Consumer Research Centre Agricultural Research Centre of Finland (MTT) Agricultural Economic Research Institute Finnish Forest Research Institute (METLA) Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute Finnish Geodetic Institute (FIG) National Veterinary and Food Research Institute (EELA National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (STAKES) National Public Health Institute (KTL) Finnish Institute of Occupational Health Finnish Centre for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (STUK) The Defence Forces Research Centre (DFRC) Finnish Environment Institute Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) Finnish Institute of Marine Research Government Institute for Economic Research National Research Institute of Legal Policy Joint institutes of enterprises. Central Laboratory (KCL). KCL is owned by four forest industry companies. Its task is to promote the competitiveness of these companies by carrying out their jointly funded. KCL also serves other companies. Research is conducted into the raw materials for pulp and papermaking, the processes themselves, as well as the end products, i.e. the entire chain from wood to the final coated, calendered and printed end product. About 25 % of all pulp and paper industry r&d work in Finland is conducted at KCL. Science/Technology Parks are located in the vicinity of universities or institutes. Judicial form is a limited company and shareholders consist of a miture of private (financial institutions, industry) and public organizations (communities, universities, science institutions). In addition to offering premises and a technically developed infrastructure science/technology parks offer a stimulating and innovative business environment. In addition to industrial companies and units different kinds of private and public/semipublic service organizations are located in the science parks. Science park often play an important coordinating or implementing role in various business development and regional development programmes. There are 12 science/technology parks in Finland: Innopoli (at Espoo), Otaniemi Technology Park (subsidiary of Innopoli), Helsinki Science Park Ltd, Carelian Science Park, Jyväskylä Science Park, Technology Centre Teknia, Finnmedi -Research Ldt., Kareltech Technology Centre, Oulu Technopolis and Medipolis, Tampere Technology Centre Hermia, Turku Technology Center (DataCity, BioCity, ElectroCity, EuroCity), Technology Center Merinova Ltd.

6 4 University/Research Institute based technology transfer companies (Aboatech Oy, HU Licensing OyFinntech Oy, Oulutech Oy, Tuotekehitys Oy Tamlink). The main function of these technology transfer companies is to commercialize the results of their owner institutions (SITRA, Technical Research Centre of Finland -VTT, Universities) in cooperation with foreign companies when needed. Activities are concentrated on publically financed innovations and projects. As private companies they are able to make commercial, development and eploitation agreements that the universities, VTT and ers are not willing to make because of liabilities or risks involved. In addition a technology transfer company is able to benefit the national and international public financing and private financing. Centres of Epertise. The objective of the national Centre of Epertise (CoE) is to enhance regional competitiveness and to increase the number of high-tech products, companies and jobs. To achieve this objective, the programme is used to -implement projects reflecting the needs of industry -encourage industry and the and training sectors to cooperate -ensure rapid transfer of the latest knowledge and know-how to companies -eploit local creativity and innovation -enable the establishment of knowledge-intensive companies -encourage regions to develop themselves and to participate in a joint strategy. The CoE Programme supports regional specialization and cooperation between CoEs thus generating a strong and functional CoE network in Finland. At the same time, the aim is to make CoEs attractive to foreign companies and investors. The programme is being coordinated jointly by the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Labour. Regional programmes are managed by the Regional Councils. In the individual CoEs, programmes are being implemented in cooperation with companies, cities, science parks, universities, institutes and other government bodies. Operatively the projects are usually headed by the respective science park companies in the regions. There are presently 12 Centres of Epertise in Finland. Regional Centres of Labour and Business Development. In 1997 the regional service units of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Tekes, Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry were merged to form 15 Regional Centres of Labour and Business Development. Their function is to advise and support entrepreneurs, to promote companies' technological development, eports and internationalization, agribusiness and rural sources of livelihood, take care of fisheries' administration at regional level, promote regional employment policy and adult education and to supervise employment offices. Other technology transfer organizations. 1) The Foundation for Finnish Inventions supports and helps private individuals and entrepreneurs to develop and eploit invention proposals both within Finland and internationally. The Foundation is at the forefront in advising, evaluating, financing, developing and marketing over thousand projects in different areas of technology every year. It serves as a link between inventors, innovators, consumers, businesses and industry in Finland or other parts of the world whether it is a matter of setting up production, licensing or any other means of eploiting an invention. Besides evaluation, protection, promotion and product development of inventions the Foundation's services include Financial support: Risk financing (Grants, Loans), Marketing and commercialization of inventions (Search for Finnish and/or foreign partners, Licensing offers, Information on inventions

7 5 and innovations through media coverage, seminars and relevant trade affairs, Legal and other assistance in licensing negotiations and preparing agreements). 2) A nation wide Business and technology development network of polytechnics and institutes of technology aims at the development of smes' competitiveness at regional level. The activity is focused on the development of production and eports. At the same time the institutes acquire eperience for the development of education and training. The services are custom made with emphasis on consulting, and development, application of know-how and cooperation. 30 institutes are presently included in the network. 3) There is a number of private companies in technology transfer business. Venture capital organizations can be divided into public and private organizations. There are three public organizations in venture capital business in Finland: Sitra, Start Fund of Kera Ltd and Industry Investment Ltd. 1) SITRA (The Finnish National Fund for Research and Development) promotes the stable and balanced development of Finland, qualitative and quantitative growth, as well as international competitiveness and cooperation, by working especially for the implementation of projects that contribute to more effective use of resources, raise the standard of and education, or chart alternatives for future development. Invests (equity, convertible loans, minority loans and full investments) in seed, start-up, epansion, buy-out and turnaround high tech companies and venture capital funds in Finland and abroad. Sitra also promotes technology transfer (it is a partner in the university/ institute based technology transfer companies described above) and finances interdisciplinary and innovative projects which support the national strategy and complement the mainstream academic. 2) The products of Start Fund of Kera Oy include equity investments and equity loans. Start Fund of Kera Oy concentrates on small and medium sized companies. 3) Industry Investment Ltd is principally a "fund of funds" making investment in equity funds in the form of share capital, convertible bonds, redeemables or other equity-related loans but it also makes syndicated co-investments in strategically important industrial ventures. There are 21 other (private or mied funds) in Finland.

8 Functional Institutional Matri FUNCTION INSTITUTION Counci l of State S T PC Mi n i s t r i e s FH EE C Ac a d. of Fin la nd T e k e s S I TR A U n i v. V T T Nationa l Researc h Insitute s Joint institutes of enterpr. Researc h units and departm. of enterpris es Science/ Technol. parks Univ./ Research Institute based Techn. transfer companie s Centres of Epertise Regional Centres of Labour and Business Develop. Other technolo gy transfer organiza tions Technology and innovation policy formulation, co-ordination, supervision and assessment Coordinates at regional level Coordinate s at regional Performing R&D -basic -pre competitive -applied Financing R&D -support to non-business institutions and organisations undertaking basic or applied -support of R&D projects in the business enterprise sector (direct and indirect) -support of special areas of independent from the institution or firm where it is undertaken. Promotion of human resource development and mobility Technology diffusion -improve the adoptation and adaptation of specific technologies -improve the general technology receptor capacity of firms -build the innovation capacity of firms Promotion of technological entrepreneurship -financing technology-based firms (eg.venture capital) -others Venture capital compani es

9 National r&d ependiture in the private and public sectors Year Private sector Public sector Total GERD/ GDP Universities Other public sector FIM million % of total FIM million % of total FIM million % of total , * ,60 *Estimate Allocation of government r&d appropriations by sector and within a sector (FIM million) Name of the Ministry Gov. r&d appropria tions Ministry Promoting and supporting organizations Universities, university central hospitals and other Resear ch centres No. of centres in the sector Ministry of Trade and Industry Ministry of Education Agriculture and Forestry Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Ministry of Environment Ministry of Finance Transport and Communications Other ministries Total

10 Research performing institutions: financial r&d resources, r&d personnel and main areas of activity Institution Budget FIM million No. of institutes Personnel Public r&d appropriations/ financing Main area of Universities Appropriations 1575 of which Operating costs 1497 Building 53 Other 25 - VTT 959 gov.appr. 287 jointly financed 276 commissioned Appropriations 287 Electronics,Informatio n Technology,Automati on, Chemical Technology, Biotechnology and Food Research, Energy, Manufacturing Technology, Building Technology, Communities and Infrastructure. National Research Institutes Appropriations Joint institutes of enterprises: KCL 119 basic res. funding62 contract 44 publically funded Publically financed 13 raw materials for pulp and papermaking and related processes and products Research units and departments of enterprises Total r&d ependiture of the private sector 8166 of which 6551 financed by the companies themselves and 1614 from outside sources - Total r&d personnel in companies of which in industry Total public financing of the private sector r&d ependiture 662 -process development 16 % -product development 79 % -other 5 %* * Basic or applied with no direct product or process development objective Technology and innovation promoting and supporting organizations: breakdown of r&d appropriations by objective and number of employees Institution Objective (FIM million) Employees Operating costs Research Product development Total Basic pr ojects International projects Applied technical Grants Loans Academy of Finland Tekes Total

11 Technology transfer organizations Institution Numb er of units Total turnover/budget (FIM million) Staff Science park premises (m2) Companies, units etc. hosted Number Staff Science/Technology Park companies (operative activity) +renting of premises appro (companies ) 2200 ( units) University/Research Institute based technology transfer companies Centres of Epertise 12 9 (operating costs) 300 (projects) 20 management (242 in projects 482 in advisory and epert groups) Regional Centres of Labour and Business Development The Foundation for Finnish Inventions (operating costs) 1 26 (of which 21,5 public support) Business and technology development network of polytechnics and institutes of technology Promotion of technological entrepreneurship Institution Target customers Investment in 1996 FIM million Investment decisions in 1996 Gov.support FIM million Equity Coverage of losses Industry Investment Ltd VC funds and strategic ventures 129 of which 90 in funds 39 in companies 8 of which 5 in funds and 3 in companies Share stock 64 equity Sitra technology based and growth companies; VC funds 237 of which 110 in domestic funds 53 in international funds 21 seed financing 51 growth companies and surplus from previous years 739 Gov. budget money transferred when needed; in 1996 FIM 20 million Start Fund of Kera Oy innovative sme growth companies 6 Total investments by the end of 1996: Total number of client companies by the end of 1996: 56 share stock 206 -

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