General and specific selection criteria for projects

The Monitoring Committee of the Innovation and skills in Finland programme approved the methods used in selecting projects and the selection criteria in its unofficial meeting on 15 October 2021. 

The selection criteria refer to the general selection criteria and the specific selection criteria. The methods and selection criteria used will be approved definitively once the Commission has approved the programme document (approximately in summer 2022). The methods and criteria presented on this page may therefore be further specified, however, no major changes are expected.

General criteria

The general selection criteria are requirements based on EU and national legislation, and the funding authority must control adequately that these criteria are fulfilled before the project approval procedure. If any of the general criteria is not met, the project is not eligible.
General selection criteria (The file opens in a new tab) in FInnish

Special selection criteria

There are three types of special selection criteria: content-related, horizontal and specifying criteria.
There are content-related special selection criteria for each specific objective. Rather than limiting the eligibility of projects, these criteria seek to select the best projects. Priorities or emphases that add special value to the programme have been highlighted as the selection criteria.

Of the horizontal selection criteria, the measures supporting equality, the principles of the EU Charter, sustainable development and the Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region concern all projects. In addition, the realisation of accessibility, non-discrimination and equity are evaluated in ESF+ projects.

The content of the call can be defined in more detail with specifying selection criteria. A specifying selection criterion may concern the emphases of the regional strategy, the national theme or agreements on innovation ecosystems. The content of the specifying selection criterion is defined in more detail in the call for project applications.

The funding authority evaluates the application by rating the content-related and specifying selection criteria on a scale of 0 to 5. The horizontal selection criteria are rated on a scale of 0 to 3.
Special selection criteria (The file opens in a new tab) in Finnish

If necessary, project participants obtain more information on the selection procedures and selection criteria from the funding authorities, in other words, from the regional councils, the ELY Centres and the Finnish Food Authority. Click here for more detailed contact information for each region.

Read more:
Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (Link to another website)
EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (Link to another website)