Oulu Region R&I sta­ke­hol­ders (hig­her educa­tion ins­ti­tu­tions, com­pa­nies, public aut­ho­ri­ties and research orga­ni­sa­tions) are acti­ve par­tici­pants and cont­ri­bu­tors in Euro­pean pro­gram­mes and ini­tia­ti­ves. The sta­ke­hol­ders from Nort­hern Ostro­both­nia (Oulu region) have an excel­lent track record and have been invol­ved in some 176 Horizon 2020 pro­jects and recei­ved 87 mil­lion euros of EU fun­ding.

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Sig­ned H2020/Horizon Euro­pe grants keywords

In addi­tion, we par­tici­pa­te in seve­ral eco­sys­tems and hubs at EU, natio­nal and regio­nal, level. The region has 3 Euro­pean Digi­tal Inno­va­tion Hubs (EDIH), Robocoast, LIH and Health Hub Fin­land as well as 6 natio­nal Digi­tal Inno­va­tion Hubs (DIH) which aim to ensu­re that SMEs will bene­fit from advanced digi­tal tech­no­lo­gies (inclu­ding Arti­ficial Intel­li­gence, High Per­for­mance Com­pu­ting, Cyber­secu­ri­ty and Digi­tal skills. Oulu region par­tici­pa­tes in nine the­ma­tic Smart Specia­li­sa­tion (S3) Part­ners­hips under Industrial moder­ni­sa­tion, Agri-Food and Ener­gy. The region is lea­ding the Wire­less ICT part­ners­hip which aims to help to deve­lop and imple­ment a com­mon stra­te­gy enabling invest­ments in the field of fast and ener­gy- and resource-efficient wire­less ICT.

Oulu Inno­va­tion Alliance (OIA)

Oulu Inno­va­tion Alliance is a stra­te­gic coa­li­tion of orga­ni­sa­tions and an acti­ve round­table of lea­ders who aim to pro­mo­te inno­va­tions and sus­tai­nable growth both local­ly and glo­bal­ly.

Whet­her you are loo­king to invest in Oulu’s talent or have an inno­va­tion to get out to the world, Oulu Inno­va­tion Alliance is here to help you achie­ve your goals.


In Prin­toCent, com­pa­nies get easy access to new busi­ness deve­lop­ment and pilot manu­fac­tu­ring resources for the int­ro­duc­tion of prin­ted intel­li­gence com­po­nents, sys­tems and pro­ducts, from pilot pro­duc­tion to ear­ly mar­ket trials. Applica­tion focus areas ran­ge from rapid dis­po­sable diag­nos­tics, smart flexible ligh­ting and wea­rables to Inter­net-of-Things with sen­sors and ener­gy har­ves­ting. Prin­toCent has wide glo­bal reach with its inter­na­tio­nal mem­ber com­pa­nies and part­ners. In Oulu region more than 300 experts are avai­lable in research and in industry.

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NUVE-LAB pro­vi­des research, deve­lop­ment, and tes­ting capa­bi­li­ties from pas­sa­ge cars to hea­vy uti­li­ty vehicles. It is desig­ned to ser­ve ener­gy efficient and auto­no­mous vehicle research and deve­lop­ment. The lab con­tains a plat­form for model­ling actual envi­ron­ments in vir­tual rea­li­ty. Our modern labo­ra­to­ry helps deve­lop vehicles that meet the futu­re mar­ket requi­re­ments.

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UAM Oulu

Urban Air Mobi­li­ty Oulu (UAM Oulu) is the stra­te­gic ini­tia­ti­ve aiming at cont­ri­bu­ting to the deve­lop­ment of the Unman­ned Airc­raft Sys­tem (UAS) domain.

The ulti­ma­te objec­ti­ve of UAM Oulu is to achie­ve city-wide cove­ra­ge as a UAM living lab pro­vi­ding single ent­ry and one-stop ser­vice point for any mat­ters associa­ted with busi­ness acti­vi­ties wit­hin the City of Oulu.

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6G Flags­hip

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu is the home of the world’s first lar­ge and still glo­bal­ly lea­ding 6G RDI pro­gram, 6G Flags­hip. Eco­sys­tem has 500+ aca­de­mia part­ners from 71 count­ries and 400+ industrial part­ners from 31 count­ries.

The ove­rarc­hing goals of 6G Flags­hip are to sup­port industry in fina­liza­tion of 5G, deve­lop the fun­da­men­tal tech­no­lo­gy nee­ded to enable 6G and speed up digi­ta­liza­tion in socie­ty.

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Allied ICT Fin­land

Allied ICT Fin­land (AIF) is the lar­gest Nor­dic ICT-network of uni­ver­si­ties, digi­tal inno­va­tion hubs and com­pa­ny eco­sys­tems turns high qua­li­ty research into mar­ket applica­tions. We are loo­king for coo­pe­ra­tion with research ins­ti­tu­tions and com­pa­nies in Fin­land and abroad, as well as EU-level col­la­bo­ra­tion and part­ners­hips.

AIF is a network which was found by Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu, Oulu Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sciences and Business­Oulu. Today, led by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu, it covers 20 uni­ver­si­ties and research orga­ni­sa­tions, 12 regio­nal busi­ness deve­lop­ment orga­ni­sa­tions and 51 sha­red R&D envi­ron­ments.

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Oulu — Euro­pean Capi­tal of Cul­tu­re 2026

Oulu is the Euro­pean Capi­tal of Cul­tu­re for the year 2026. The Capi­tal of Cul­tu­re year will bring inter­na­tio­nal visi­bi­li­ty to both Nort­hern and the who­le of Finland’s cul­tu­re.

The main the­me, Cul­tu­ral Cli­ma­te Chan­ge means com­bi­ning and con­nec­ting dif­fe­rent, even surpri­sing, things toget­her. Through the means of cul­tu­re and art, people are brought toget­her, inte­rac­tion as well as tech­no­lo­gy are impro­ved, and art and natu­re are con­nec­ted in unfo­re­seen ways.

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The main objec­ti­ve of TRINITY is to crea­te a network of mul­ti­discipli­na­ry and syner­gis­tic local digi­tal inno­va­tion hubs (DIHs) com­po­sed of research cen­ters, com­pa­nies, and uni­ver­si­ty groups that cover a wide ran­ge of topics that can cont­ri­bu­te to agi­le pro­duc­tion: advanced robo­tics as the dri­ving force and digi­tal tools, data pri­vacy and cyber secu­ri­ty tech­no­lo­gies to sup­port the int­ro­duc­tion of advanced robo­tic sys­tems in the pro­duc­tion proces­ses.

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Digi­tal Inno­va­tion Hub networks of Oulu region

Oulu region sta­ke­hol­ders par­tici­pa­te in the fol­lowing digi­tal inno­va­tion hubs and networks of hubs.

Rural RDIH

The Rural Industry Digi­tal Inno­va­tion Hub is a strong natio­nal deve­lop­ment and sup­port cen­ter, Boos­ting digi­tal Trans­for­ma­tion in spar­se­ly popu­la­ted areas.

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Arc­tic Dro­ne Labs DIH

Arc­tic Dro­ne Labs is an Unman­ned Airc­raft Sys­tem Inno­va­tion eco­sys­tem based in Fin­land and acc­re­di­ted Digi­tal Inno­va­tion Hub (DIH) and ATI Cen­ter (Advanced Tech­no­lo­gies for Industry) by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion. We col­lect and nou­rish exper­ti­se, tools and inno­va­tions to boost dro­ne and UAS rela­ted busi­ness, research and educa­tion.

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Oulu­Health is one of the lea­ding digi­tal health inno­va­tion eco­sys­tems in Euro­pe. Mem­bers of the Oulu­Health eco­sys­tem repre­sent the who­le spect­rum of health and social care, inclu­ding specia­li­sed medical care, pri­ma­ry health and social care, health and well­being industry and com­merce, health tech­no­lo­gy research and educa­tion, and citizens.

The main sta­ke­hol­ders of Oulu­Health are Oulu Uni­ver­si­ty Hos­pi­tal (OYS), Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu, Oulu Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sciences, VTT Tech­nical Research Cent­re of Fin­land, and Business­Oulu and the Depart­ment of Healthca­re and Social Wel­fa­re of the City of Oulu. The Oulu­Health eco­sys­tem also encom­pas­ses more than 600 health and life science com­pa­nies, at least 240 of which are high-tech com­pa­nies

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Supe­rIoT and Ana­ly­tics+ alliances are non-pro­fit orga­ni­sa­tions that cater world class inno­va­ti­ve IoT and AI com­pa­nies and research ins­ti­tu­tes to build end-to-end solu­tions. The alliances give fast access to inte­gra­ted solu­tions enabling ascen­sion in value chain, impro­ving work efficiency and brin­ging new pos­si­bi­li­ties for mone­tizing gat­he­red data. With compre­hen­si­ve digi­ta­liza­tion, we deli­ver comple­te solu­tions from sen­sors to data ana­ly­tics seam­less­ly and cyber secu­red with latest tech­no­lo­gy inno­va­tions, inte­gra­ted into exis­ting proces­ses, tools and plat­forms.

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5G Test Network Fin­land

5GTNF is a 5G tech­no­lo­gy and ser­vice tria­ling infra­struc­tu­re compri­sing of mul­tiple intercon­nec­ted sites around Fin­land. The col­la­bo­ra­ting sites form a joint inno­va­tion plat­form and eco­sys­tem, which aims to ser­ve the needs of both industry and aca­de­mia. 5GTNF offers tes­ting, tria­ling and pilo­ting ser­vices as well as pos­si­bi­li­ties for bila­te­ral coo­pe­ra­tion wit­hin the eco­sys­tem. With varying focus areas at dif­fe­rent sites, 5GTNF can cover a lar­ge varie­ty of ver­tical industry use cases by pro­vi­ding sup­port for high data rates, low latencies, reliable com­mu­nica­tions and mas­si­ve amount of devices. 5GTNF is a joint ini­tia­ti­ve between Fin­nish public and pri­va­te sec­tors.

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