Tekes is the most important publicly funded organization for financing research, development and innovation in Finland.
Tekes boosts wide-ranging innovation activities in research communities, industry and service sectors. Tekes promotes a broad-based view on innovation: besides funding technological breakthroughs, Tekes emphasizes the significance of service-related, design, business and social innovations.
Tekes works with the top innovative companies and research units in Finland. Every year, Tekes finances some 1,500 business research and development projects, and some 500 public research projects at universities and other research organizations. Tekes can also finance R&D projects undertaken by foreign-owned companies registered in Finland. International companies with R&D activities in Finland do not need to have a Finnish partner to be eligible for funding. The financed project should, however, contribute to the Finnish economy. With a view to promoting international R&D cooperation, Tekes funds collaborative research and development projects and facilitates researcher mobility.
Research, development and innovation funding is targeted to projects that create in the long-term the greatest benefits for the economy and society. Tekes does not derive any financial profit from its activities, nor claim any intellectual proprietary rights.
Tekes is based in Helsinki and has offices in six locations abroad. In the United States, Tekes is located in Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley.