Tekes has granted funding to Dr. Jukka Kortela and Dr. Alexey Zakharov for the Challenge Finland competition.
Tekes has launched the Challenge Finland competition, in the search for new, commercialisable solutions for major problems. Such problems could be related to, say, clean technologies, health or digitalisation. Entry is open to Finnish top researchers and companies that want to improve the world and have the keys to a solution 'jangling in their pockets'.
The aim of the competition is to effectively combine top Finnish research with private sector R&D. This will bring Finland new export products and services.
The competition has two stages. In the first stage, we will fund research organisations that are gaining a deeper understanding of the designated problems and the related business potential.
Research enabling a solution will continue in the second stage of the competition, while the company participants use world-beating expertise to develop products and services that meet customer needs.
During the competition, Tekes will provide research organisations with funding totalling 30 million euros. In addition, Tekes will finance private-sector R&D projects through its normal loans and grants. Challenge Finland seeks to fulfil the goals of the Government's knowledge and education key project.
Refer to this link for more information: https://www.tekes.fi/en/whats-going-on/news-2016/challenge-finland-competition-for-top-researchers-and-companies-gets-under-way/