The European Union's objective has been to increase spending on research and development to at least 3% of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2010.
Patent applications in Finland is one of the highest in the world in proportion to population. Knowledge and research and their use contribute significantly to economic growth, job creation and wellbeing in Finland. In Finland, science policy is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and Culture.
The aim of science policy is to reinforce knowledge and expertise, as well as the international level and visibility of Finnish science.
Ministry of Employment and the Economy (TEM), the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) and the Academy of Finland are the main public research and development organisations in Finland.
Alongside R&D, innovation is essential for businesses to develop and stay competitive.
Intellectual property must be protected to encourage research.
Research.fi is an information service dedicated to science and technology.
HighTech Finland is a technology publication, available in print form and online.
Suomi.fi on julkinen verkkopalvelu, johon on koottu tietoa useista aiheista, muun muassa tieteestä ja tutkimuksesta.
The Technical Research Centre of Finland, VTT, is a research institution belonging to the Ministry of Employment and the Economy offering technology and research services to Finnish and foreign public and private sector customers.
EnterpriseFinland offers information to businesses and entrepreneurs on setting up, expanding, going international and taxation.
The Finnish Funding Agency of Technology and Innovation (TEKES) finances and activates challenging research and development projects developed by businesses and public research units. Annually, TEKES has some 600 million euros at its disposal, to be used as financial support and loans for development projects involving technology and innovation.
A funding application form can be found on the Tekes website.