Open call for companies 2019 – Oulu Region

Ene 17, 2019

inDemand is looking for European companies to solve 4 challenges identified by healthcare professionals from Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District in Oulu (Finland). 

Deadline: 16th April 2019 [CLOSED]

If awarded, you will:

  • Co-develop and validate the solution within the Oulu University Hospital and its healthcare professionals.  
  • Receive funding up to 40,000 €.
  • Business support to improve commercial and financial traction delivered by BusinessOulu.
  • Intellectual Property is yours.
  • A first commercial reference to sell the solution elsewhere after the pilot.

Competitive call at a glance:

  • The funding organisation, Council of Oulu Region, has launched a competitive call to select one IT company for each challenge.
  • Economic support: The maximum grant for this first call is 60% of the eligible costs, with a maximum of 40.000 € per beneficiary. Eligible costs are:
    • Personnel costs.
    • Overheads (25% of the personnel costs).
  • Application deadline: 16th April 2019
  • Who can apply? Any Small and Medium Enterprise (consortiums not allowed) headquartered in the European Union. Besides, the following countries can also apply: Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Israel, Moldova, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Ukraine, Tunisia, Georgia and Armenia.
  • Language: Application forms can only be filled in English. Working language during the co-creation will be in Finnish.
  • Evaluation criteria: Excellence, fit with the inDemand challenge, potential impact, work-plan viability, team experience and business sustainability.


What are the challenges to tackle in Oulu Region?

↓Challenge 1: Intelligent Screening – Using smart application in patient screening for MRI-scans

The need for magnetic imaging is constantly on the rise. Currently, the screening of risk information consumes a significant amount of human resources, so that MRI studies can be conducted safely and the process involves the manual reviewing of patient records and reading narrative texts. X-ray reports are also read in cases where the patient has had a previous MRI study. If the risk screening is conducted by smart application, less human resources are required. Possible implants will show up in the record system and the AI will analyse the make and model of the patient’s implant against an international MRI-Conditional list. The information provided by the application will help recognize if an MRI study can be conducted on the patient, and what is the appropriate magnetic imaging device to use.

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Challenge 2: Respiratory Rate Monitor – Machine vision in respiratory rate monitoring 

A quick and reliable method of measurement and monitoring of an unmonitored patient’s respiratory rate would be particularly useful in a busy hospital emergency room environment. With this new solution, it would be possible to detect and take care of situations such as a sudden crash in a patient’s condition or an incrementally decreasing condition of a patient in follow-up. A real-time monitoring of respiratory rate would enable the detection of patients with a risk of deterioration in the waiting area and the urgency of care assessment in the so-called triage area. An instrument, which enables the measurement of the respiratory rate of unmonitored patients would ease and quicken the treatment and urgency of care assessments of patients and increase the safety of patients in queue. A respiratory rate measuring instrument for unmonitored patients would also have numerous other applications in emergency room environments and emergency care.

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Challenge 3: Smart Pain Manager 

There is a need to develop a Finnish language mobile application, which would enable the following actions: self-assessment of pain through different measures, a toolkit of drug-free pain treatment methods, psychoeducation (explaining the causes of pain alleviates the experience of pain), a trigger function for the timing of medicine consumption, etc. There is also a need for enabling communication between the professional and the patient. A desired function for the application is strong electronic identification. (Optionally, the application could interact with the patient record system.)

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↓Challenge 4: Orientation game for healthcare professionals and students 

The interactive orientation game could motivate students to actively familiarise themselves with hospital operations, and thus conserve human resources. The orientation game will feature the contents of the general information sessions. The information content will proceed according to the structures of the hospital’s responsibility areas and departments. The game will also contain e.g. a data protection and security exam, pharmacy calculation exercises, a video introduction to the patient record system, an alphabet for documentation, information about collegialism, basic hygiene rules for infection control, a video about hand washing, and a welcome video from the organisation. The application will also have an exam for students and reporting tools, e.g. a printing tool for printing results. Additionally, the game will include checkpoint tasks that must be completed in order to continue to the next section. The application should be available in Finnish and English.

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I’m interested! Tell me more about the process

This call is launched in the framework of the EU project inDemand. There are a number of official documents to be considered and it’s important for you to read all of them carefully before applying.

Find below a brief description of what you will find in each document. Note there are 5 links to documents to be downloaded.


Guide for applicants contains the basic information needed to guide you in preparing a proposal for the first inDemand Open Call and becoming a Sub-Grantee of the inDemand Project. It gives instruction on how to structure your proposal, how to submit it, and the criteria on which it will be evaluated as well as the way the selected projects will be managed.


*Would you prefer to take a quick look at the call? Find here a summary of the Guide for Applicants.

The Application Form describes the information requested to SMEs from the beneficiaries of the inDemand Open Call, against which, they will be evaluated and selected.  


The Declaration of Honour is the declaration made by the company as a statement on oath  


The Sub Grant Agreement model contains the basic information for the contract signature to provision of financial resources from inDemand to a third party (the SME). It must be signed by the SME to receive the grant. The funds received by the Sub-Grantee are owned by the European Commission. The Contractor is merely the holder and manager of the funds.


The Co-creation and Business Support Services handbook contains the basic information on the co-creation and business support services that will be provided by inDemand


If you have any questions, check our FAQs.

If you can’t find the answer, please FILL THIS FORM.


* Please, note you need to register F6S to submit your proposal



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