Innovation Research Call theme Platform Economy Innovation ecosystems for digital revolution

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Innovation Research

Call theme 2015

Platform Economy – Innovation

ecosystems for digital revolution


Innovation research call themes 2011-2014

New sources of renewal and growth for Finland?


System innovations and transitions’

Link to Green Growth- program


’Intangible value creation and policy’

Link to F€€LINGS program

2013 ’Ecosystems, spillovers and new policy approaches’

Link to Witty City and Wellness programs

2014 ’Renewal of manufacturing’

Links to Industrial Internet and 5th Gear

programs Collaboration with


Reasoning behind the call 2015

Call 2015 combines practically (earlier addressed) ecosystem and digitalization themes

• Focus shifting deeper from phenomena level towards questions in business development on system level

• These aspects are realized in platform economy which is the overall theme of call

• Research topics goes deeper into mechanisms which drive and inhibit value creation, and to role of innovation policy

• Funded projects should be relevant to innovation policy and development of our innovation ecosystem to better support emergence of new platform businesses

Only high quality research projects will be funded

• This means high level of competition between applicants and especially demanding selection criteria

The role of stakeholders is emphasized in the call (in research agenda, methods and dissemination)

• Implications and impacts to innovation policy and business must be shown clearly

Call theme: “Platform Economy - Innovation ecosystems for digital revolution

What is Platform Economy and why it is important ? (a short-list of general references) •




• Platform economy as a phenomenal level concept • Processes which are relevant (aggregation)

• Topics that do have a role in the process (as drivers or inhibitors)




• facilitates the aggregation of information • Aggregation of information

• deepens customer relation

• diversifies and strengthens value proposition • New value

• defines the positioning

• strengthens market dominance • sustainable competitive advantage • development of multi-sided market


and knowledge


• Methods of aggregation

• Security and risk in development • Investments in Finland

•Business model innovations • Performance management • Ownership of data (i.e. MyData) • Legislation

• BigData analytics • Global value networks • Standardization

Relevant challenges and


Call topics 2015 -



Two research themes – Motivation for call


Competencies of tomorrow’s platform economy

How do the platforms and their ecosystems function and what mechanisms drive value creation in them and how it happens.

We need to develop our capability to create cloud based ecosystems which are able to create value in new ways by offering new customer experiences that are valued globally. This research topic challenges to think strategies, methods and competencies that are needed for a success.

The main purpose of this call is development of new world class expertize for creating and capturing value trough platform ecosystems. This target can not be reached without deep dialogue with companies, those that are already in the game and those that are seeking their way to success.


How to leverage ecosystem development by innovation environment

Where are the potentials for Finland which could be developed further and how should we do that.

We should understand how these ecosystems work, which is not even nearly enough, because we need to understand how to leverage their development. What kind of operation environment could foster the development in potential ecosystems. What kind of means there could be to speed up the development?  What would make ecosystems attractive for foreign investments to propel vigorous platform

economy. How could we utilize learnings from global success stories in platform economy to create new success stories. Which ways could drive foreign investments to these developing ecosystems. We need to understand how to boost the developing platform economy in Finland by being attractive target for foreign investments. The aim would be to bring value to the developing ecosystems and creating a better exit market for local start-up companies.

The bottom line is; We need to know how to manage innovation environment to create growth through developing platform economy.


Theme I

: Competencies of tomorrow’s platform economy


How do platforms and their ecosystems function – i.e. roles and functions for different actors in ecosystems


What mechanisms drive value creation, and how, in platform ecosystems (i.e. aggregation, engagement, impact assessment and business models)


What capabilities and competencies are involved to reach win-win-win and traction


Interaction based strategy – How to best utilize influence points and flows of information


New ways of connecting users and resources (preferable “idle”) - How to engage previously “idle” assets productively


How innovation ecosystems can be transformed into business ecosystems (role of platforms)

Development of new world class expertize in future platform economy for creating and

capturing value in innovation ecosystems. Development of new competences for


Theme II


How to leverage ecosystem development by

innovation policy (in platform economy)


Where are the potentials which could be developed further


How Finnish companies could create and capture more value through new ecosystems


What developments in our innovation environment would release the potentials, or create new possibilities


Implementation of smart regulation – possibilities in self-regulating ecosystems and how to support their implementation


How self-regulation could support emergence of new business in context of copyright / ownership, privacy and security


What is the impact of Tekes funding and services on the Finnish innovation environment


What new potentials could be achieved through active policies for supporting foreign investments in this context


What would make ecosystems attractive for foreign investments to create a vigorous platform economy in Finland

How to manage innovation environment to create growth with developing platform

economy? How to boost the developing platform economy in Finland?


Multidisciplinary approach in dealing with themes

All projects have to deliver




results in


of the

given research themes:


Competencies of tomorrow’s platform economy


How to leverage ecosystem development by innovation environment corresponding theme I

Subsets under two main themes are intended to work as guidance for

constructing the research agenda and a help for building a structured dialog

with relevant stakeholders

Relevance to call topics is evaluated against the named sub-themes (topics)

Project abstract should give a clear picture of how project addresses call themes and given topics

Project Utilization Roadmap should give a clear picture of how research would benefit relevant stakeholder groups and how they will be engaged to the research, and what methods will be used for dissemination of results.

Team CV is good place to show this multidisciplinary expertise and credibility which comes from networks of individual researchers

Value add from international dimension of project networks is appreciated highly. This value must be shown explicitly.


Evaluation criteria - What will be appreciated in evaluation


Impact and Relevance (minimum requirement)

 Quality and credibility of utilization roadmap with implications to business and policymakers  Relevance to the call themes

 Relevance to themes of governmental spearhead projects (hallituksen kärkihankkeet)


Quality and volume in international collaboration (minimum requirement)

 Collaboration with international top research groups

 International collaboration is intended for supporting the development of a global platform for start-up engagement


Multidisciplinary research agenda (minimum requirement)

 Addressing both of the given themes correctly will need multidisciplinary approach and cross cutting view to the subject. Teams must be build on multidisciplinary approach.


In-kind contributions from companies and especially start-ups are highly appreciated

 Contributions must have a clear added value to research agenda (addressing specified tasks in work packages)  Show real commitment to the project research questions (companies must describe added value in L3 forms)  Must be reported separately form project budget (price tag and cost break down)


Parallel projects joint with company R&D projects


Call 2015

Tools for project co-creation =


Reserve enough time for the Call Process

Prepare for Tekes sparring session


Elements of Utilization Roadmap

Research Agenda to serve business development and stakeholder perspectives

Roadmap for Utilization – tools for impact delivery

Verified Research Questions Empirical methodology to connect with drivers Tools for Socio-Economic Transition Company related Policy related Market related Policy Briefs Round Tables Forums for transition Business Drivers Stakeholder Needs


What will be needed for the application?

Prepare three documents for the Tekes sparring session in August (week 34)

1. Abstract (max two pages)

2. Utilization roadmap – partially co-produced with identified potential beneficiaries (max two pages)

3. Team CV (max two pages)

Compile a full project plan before the call dead line in case sparring discussions support it

1. Description of planned work

 including different works streams and related milestones

 template for work package descriptions in a project plan (in order to get an idea of the required level of detail)

2. Funding plan

 Including description of supplementing funding (by other stakeholders)

 Stakeholder commitments on L3 forms (preliminary indications for commitment)

Notice. Contents of the abstract equals with the on-line application form (and evaluation frame)


Project plan summary - Abstract

Content of the abstract


The core idea of the project with couple of sentences


Novelty, impact and feasibility of the project by using the NABC frame (i.e. Tekes application format)


Basic information about the consortium and the needed funding

Abstract summarizes project outcomes and utilized resources

in terms of the used evaluation frame for the call


This is just a well documented co-creation process

Needs from stakeholder groups Co-created research agenda Utilization roadmap

Utilization Roadmap (max two pages)

Content. a short description of where the project gains it’s relevance and how it will be utilized.

Reminder. Company related (not publicly disseminated) industrial research and market studies must be done out side of the publicly funded project with company funding (see criteria for public research).

Describes measures for

co-creating the research agenda together with stakeholders

dissemination of results (among potential stakeholders)

utilization of results by relevant stakeholder groups

engaging wider public discussion on Policy Brief topics (important)

And their relevance by showing connections between

Research topic and development of Finnish economy

Stakeholder needs and selected research questions

Research methods and key stakeholder involvement

Research outcomes and relevant stakeholder groups (benefits for each)

Research results and individual stakeholders (their own description in L3)

Roadmap gives an explicit view to targeted project outcomes and their potential value. The purpose of utilization roadmap is to

support project team to focus in essentials and illustrate the true potential in project . This will give substantial base for writing the project abstract (NABC frame) and it will work as source of credibility in the evaluation process.


Team CV


Showing the key expertise in the team (what)


Showing the team’s edge and motivation (how)


Listing 2 most relevant publications regarding the study topic for each member (why)


Showing the stakeholder experience (with whom)

Visualizes research teams credibility to tackle the vision of the project in two pages by


We are


Call 2015


Practical information for applicants - Summary

Engage discussions with stakeholders immediately after launch (June)

Document these discussions for the basis of utilization roadmap

Contact Tekes advisors for promoting your idea and for getting feedback (as soon as possible)

Prepare well for the sparring discussions in August (week 34) by providing:

Abstract for the project (one pager)

Utilization roadmap (two pages)

Team CV (max. two pages)

Reserve a time for sparring discussion for your group (annukka.kohonen(at)

You will be provided with feedback and traffic lights indicator for assessing the potential in competition

Uptake feedback from Tekes sparring to finalize the project planning

Call will close 9.9.2015

Fully finalized applications are expected accompanied with L3 forms

Maximum length is 20 pages (including abstract, roadmap and CV)


Tekes will fund high quality projects with highest impact potential


Funding levels and related basic requirements

The selected top projects which are successfully filling the set minimum criteria are

eligible for 60% funding of project total costs.

Those organizations which produce public research, but are not publicly financed are eligible for 95% funding

Projects with extended and tightened international collaboration are eligible for 70%


By extended collaboration are meant well sized (> 5 man-years) projects that combine multiple different expert ices and research groups

By tightened collaboration are meant projects that project


include researcher exchange > 2 man-years with a substantial relevance to the build-up of new expertise for applicant or


is composed of international parallel projects (of which Tekes is funding Finnish counterparts)

All funded projects and organizations have to fulfil the general requirements for public



Practical help for applying

Registering to Tekes on-line service (link to application and helpful information)


On-line application (template)


General terms for funding are described in following document


L3 forms to be attached


FAQ and help videos


A template for work package descriptions in project plan


Select a correct tag for this call in on-line application (important)


panostusalue = Innovaatiohaku 2015


Stakeholder engagement and Policy Briefs

Tekes has own publication series for Innovation Research findings. This tool is suitable

for publication of those results that benefit from wider discussion

Policy Briefs are an important tool for making good innovation policy and they work as a

good platform for initiating dialogue between different stakeholder groups

They are seen as one important method for dissemination of results and engagement of

stakeholders in innovation ecosystem to further discussion

Reporting of the projects mid-term results in this way is seen as a good method for

getting traction from stakeholder community

Examples of Policy Brief’s (ask for a template)

Project teams are encouraged to develop agendas for public discussion and to

facilitate it with round table discussions, work shops, seminars and policy briefs.

This type of activities should start as early as possible in the projects, in order to

produce continuity in discussion around the topic. The related costs can be


Contact information

Mr Tuomo Suortti

Advisor Product manager / Innovation Research Tel. +358 50 5577 855


Mr Jari Hyvärinen Advisor

Tel. +358 50 5577 803 jari.hyvarinen (at)

Mr Pekka Pesonen Chief Advisor

Tel. +358 50 5577 804 pekka.pesonen (at)

Find out more @


Innovation Research


Public research

networked with



joint calls

Tekes funding for research organizations






New knowledge

and business






Tekes research funding 2/2

Other opportunities


Finland Distinguished Professor Programme funds

projects recruiting top scientists, who can commit to

long-term cooperation with a Finnish research

organization. Application round once a year.

Thematical calls for research projects that bring up

new knowledge about innovations, how they

originate and renew businesses and the society.

European Union’s Structural Fund supplements Tekes

innovation funding. ERDF funding can be applied in

all Tekes research funding application rounds.




The purpose of innovation research is to

serve key stakeholders of innovation environment

Innovation research has a focus on the

determinants, patterns,

commercialization and impacts of innovation broadly defined

Innovation research typically analyses

processes and phenomena that contribute to industrial and socio-economic renewal and growth *

Tekes innovation research calls are giving strategic support for innovation policy making and renewal of businesses

Innovation research differentiates by capability of offering policy relevance in addition to business relevance

and by forums for development of innovation environment

* See e.g. Fagerberg J. and Verspagen . B. 2009. Innovation studies – the emerging structure of a new scientific field. Research Policy 38, pp. 218-233.

Builds an evidence-base for strategy

and innovation policy

 Learning from the present - for the future

 New phenomena

 New indicators

Supports absorptive capability,

cultivates a community

 Researchers

 Companies

 Industry associations

 Policy stakeholders

Contributes to impact analysis and


 Identifies new issues and impact pathways

 Supports foresight work related to renewal of businesses

 Supports development of business strategies for renewal


Value add from Innovation research to different stakeholders

Innovation research seeks logics behind different development paths, supports innovation

processes and speeds them up

 It is able to create understanding of processes and trends behind different development paths for innovation. This is important for a successful innovation policy.

 This helps to focus resources to activities with most value add. This is important for planning of new programmatic

interventions. – Strategic information on business


 And most of all, innovation research helps Finnish

companies to fully utilize new business opportunities by creating new expertise and networks. – Innovation ecosystems around emerging topics

 Innovation research applies methodologies that create multi-stakeholder communication forums in innovation environment for enhancing the propagation of new innovations and new practices. – Transition arenas for new breakthrough innovations

 Innovation research is supporting the uptake of new practices and business models there where new policies and legislation will be needed – Catalyzing the uptake of new innovations

Impact on Economy and Society • Economic Renewal • Wellbeing and Health • Natural resources and efficiency a

• New firms, business areas and services

• Productivity

• Utilization and spillovers of new knowledge and know-how

• Innovations: products and services, processes, organization and methods • New firms, business areas

and services


R&D and innovation activities • Education

• New methods and networking


Investment in intangible and tangible capital • Existing knowledge, information and know-how







Impact assessment for innovation research calls


Outputs / results in Finland

Innovation research / Project activities


Innovation funding with annual total volume with maximum of Meur N (i.e. max 5-10 world class research projects)

Competence base sourced from innovation environment actors, Tekes programs and services

* The Figure is based on Tekes impact logic model as a basis for developing impact indicators and methodologies

• Top-level innovation environment: Finland's innovation

environment proactively increases its competitiveness in global context and is able to attract more international investments • Globally competitive business and industry

• New sources for growth are developed

• Overall increase in productivity and competence • Overall increase in employment and well-being

• The quantity and quality of innovation research increases and meets the global context

• Exchange of know-how between research sector and companies is enhanced to support renewal of businesses • Finnish innovation environments capabilities to catalyze

emergence of new business and boosting growth increases

• Companies get new tools for diversifying their business through new business models and emerging new innovation ecosystems

• New companies and businesses are established

• Finnish companies which take part actively to the research projects gain access to new value networks in a global context

Project activities / funding criteria

• Challenge based research agenda and relevance to business • Utilization roadmaps with system level impact

• Team CVs for credibility and development of research groups

• Policy Briefs for creating basis for dialogue between stakeholder groups • Round Table Discussions for supporting the dialogue

• Transition Arenas for creating new innovation ecosystems

Tekes activities / value-added services

• Annual research funding challenge based calls • International collaboration

• Collaboration with Team Finland partners • Co-ordinated activities with Tekes programs • Round table discussions to create national agendas • Events for dissemination and match-making • Facilitation for Transition arenas




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