Open call for companies – Oulu Region

Feb 27, 2018

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

Deadline: 28th May 2018

If awarded, you will:

  • Co-develop and validate the solution within the Oulu University Hospital and its healthcare professionals.  
  • Receive funding up to 30,000 €.
  • 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 30.000 € per beneficiary. Eligible costs are:
    • Personnel costs.
    • Overheads (25% of the personnel costs).
  • Application deadline: 28th May 2018
  • 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: A solution supporting resource planning for more efficient implementation of rooms

An electronic application is needed for real-time monitoring of the occupancy rate of hospital rooms so that when staff and patients vacate a surgery, it will be available for others. Oulu University hospital requires such an application as probably do also most other hospitals in Finland. Both public screens in the unit and work terminal displays should allow the monitoring of occupancy rate of the rooms. The application shall be integrated into the hospital information system to enable necessary transfer of data.

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Challenge 2: Remote controlled mobile solution for hospital clients (case: children’s asthma examination)

A mobile control application for young clients is yet to be developed for mailing easy-to-use guidance materials (including videos, game apps) without the client having to log in. The application should be accessible for various mailing purposes of guidance materials relating to hospital care pathways. In the case of children and young people, login without a banking code or other certificate is important. A mobile apps should include good technical properties for modification of content and adding material. The application shall be clear and easy to use to encourage client’s motivation to use it.

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Challenge 3: Electronic guidance and advice pass (case: breastfeeding guidance)

Breastfeeding guidance pass (in paper) is, at the moment, a tool promoting communication relating to breastfeeding guidance between the hospital (Oulu University Hospital) and mother and child clinic (City of Oulu), and encouraging and supporting families learning to care for their healthy newborn. The objective is to upgrade the breastfeeding guidance pass into a digital guidance method, a mobile application, which is easy to use and provides easy access to all breastfeeding-related material (texts, links and videos).

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↓Challenge 4: Electronic services before and after an outpatient clinic appointment (case: pediatric and adolescent diabetes care pathway)

There is a need for the development of electronic communication platform for children and young people with diabetes and their families for the guidance of initial care practices. The platform shall allow saving real-time blood glucose and tissue glucose monitoring data, mealtime carbohydrate quantity and insulin dose counting as well as other insulin doses used in therapy. Moreover, the platform should contain the essential diabetes education materials and information about physical activity in relation to changes in blood glucose levels and a chat option for questions and guidance (once the client is transferred to home care).

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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


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