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Call for projects

Twice a year – in May/June and Nov/Dec – an expert panel of faculty and industry advisors reviews proposals submitted from across the academic and clinical landscape. Finalists are invited to present to the panel before final selections are made. On top of that we have partner programs – the first one is a Finnish version of BioDesign – from which we have a separate path to SPARK.

In open calls SPARK Finland looks for projects targeting on new solutions in health tech and life science space. Eligible applicants are from Helsinki, Tampere, Turku, Kuopio and Joensuu regions – faculty, scientists, clinicians, students – from our member institutions.


  1. Use SPARK application form and send the two-page application to apply(at)
  2. Be selected and get invited to pitch your project
  3. Selected projects will receive full spectrum of our support. 


Selection criteria

Calls are targeted for wide spectrum in health tech and life science field; from drugs and vaccines to diagnostics and med tech – all the way to bioinformatics and healthIT.

The solution of the proposed project must:

  • address an unmet need in area of life science, medicine and health
  • utilize a novel approach (preferably with opportunity to IP)
  • have the potential to advance to clinic, clinical trials or commercialization within 2-3 years

If you have already an operating company then you will receive support from existing business development service providers (incl. accelerators, incubators…).