PoDoCo Doctors Support the Renewal of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
The Post Docs in Companies program funded 17 new partnerships between doctors and companies in the fall round. As many as 134 young doctors have already supported the renewal of industry through PoDoCo program.
17 doctoral and business partnership projects are funded in the fall 2019 application round of the PoDoCo program. The program received 30 collaboration applications from companies and doctors who have recently completed or will soon complete their degree. A total of 134 grants have been awarded in the PoDoCo program since 2015.
– Especially small and medium-sized enterprises have been active and successful in the PoDoCo program. In this application round, 75% of the collaborative projects funded are focused on research and innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises, says Dr. Seppo Tikkanen, leader of the PoDoCo program.
The transition time from research to business is shorter than before in the currently funded collaborative projects, as nearly half of the PhDs have been completed this year or will be completed in the spring. PoDoCo program has played a major role especially in the recruitment of doctors with foreign background to the private sector. In this fall application round, almost half of the PhDs are of foreign background.
The funded projects represent a wide range of disciplines and sectors, from medical to material technology and from applications that support children’s emotional development to active magnetic bearing.
Weather forecasts with block accuracy
In the city, the weather conditions change from block to block. This is caused by different surface shapes. As the climate and environment change, it becomes even more important to understand the local weather conditions. Vaisala’s PoDoCo project is implemented in cooperation with the Finnish Meteorological Institute. Maria Filioglou explores in her research the wind forecasts of Helsinki using Vaisala’s new wind lidars for remote sensing of wind.
– The expected results of the project will provide information for the development of Vaisala’s Smart City business concept. The results will give a better understanding of how the best accuracy of urban environment weather forecasts could be best achieved on a block scale. Future citizen services, such as air taxis and drone-transport, need more accurate weather information to enable safer and more efficient operations, says Tapio Haarlaa, Head of Aviation, Strategy and Business Development, Vaisala’s Weather and Environment business area.
Studied plants for wall and table
Martina Angeleri, currently a Researcher of Plant Molecular Biology at the University of Turku, is studying the effects of light in small greenhouses in her PoDoCo collaboration with Plantui Ltd. The chemical composition and growth of plants grown in Plantui’s miniature greenhouses, which combine special light and aquaculture technology, has not been previously studied. The goal of the PoDoCo-project is to study the effects of changes in light conditions on the levels of vitamins and various antioxidant compounds as well sugars.
– In the project I am developing light conditions that affect the growth and taste of the plants. The idea is that everyone can enjoy the food they produce as they wish. I’ll start my research with lettuce, kale and tomatoes. The intention is to expand to other plants later. I look forward to the project because food science has always been close to my heart, and now I can integrate it into my research, Angeleri says.
Urban green infrastructure
Long Xie, a doctoral candidate from the University of Helsinki, has been researching microbial growth in vertical plants for six years. His PoDoCo research concentrates on the indoor and outdoor green walls and it is done in cooperation with a Finnish SME, InnoGreen.
According to Xie’s earlier investigations, beneficial microbes can have a major impact on the function of plant walls. In outdoor walls, especially stormwater management capacity is of interest.
– We hope that the results of the study will inspire consumer interest in plant walls and provide evidence of stormwater management in the new outdoor plant wall structure we have under development. The research is vital for InnoGreen in order to develop the best possible product for creating an urban green infrastructure and stormwater management. This lays the foundations for successful internationalization, says Mikko Sonninen, founder member of Innogreen.
Next grant application round in spring 2020
The next PoDoCo grant application round will be held March 1 – April 15, 2020. PoDoCo program is funded by Finnish Cultural Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Maa- ja vesitekniikan tuki ry, Svenska Kulturfonden, Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion, Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation, Foundation for Economic Education, KAUTE Foundation, The Paulo Foundation and Helsingin Sanomat Foundation. The total funding is up to million euros every year, which enables around 35 PoDoCo grants each year.
PoDoCo fall round grants:
|Angeleri Martina||Plantui Oy||Natural sciences – Biological sciences||28 000||Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation|
|Antin Kim-Niklas||TrueFlaw Oy||Engineering and technology – Materials engineering||28 000||Svenska Kulturfonden|
|Filioglou Maria||Vaisala Oyj||Natural sciences – Earth and related Environmental sciences||28 000||Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation|
|Gómez Millán Gerardo||Stora Enso Oyj||Engineering and technology – Chemical engineering||28 000||Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion|
|Jaatinen Pekko||The Switch Drive Systems Oy||Engineering and technology – Electrical engineering, Electronic engineering, Information engineering||28 000||Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion|
|Kallioniemi Pekka||Neverthink Oy||Natural sciences – Computer and information sciences||28 000||Helsingin Sanomat Foundation|
|Kihlström Minna||Finnadvance Oy||Medical and Health sciences – Medical biotechnology||21 000||Finnish Cultural Foundation|
|Kulmala Antti||Orion Pharma Oy||Medical and Health sciences – Medical biotechnology||28 000||Finnish Cultural Foundation|
|Li Shupin||Aittokoski Experience Ltd.||Social sciences – Educational sciences||28 000||Finnish Cultural Foundation|
|Mäkäräinen Meeri||OiOi Collective Oy||Natural sciences – Computer and information sciences||28 000||Foundation for Economic Education|
|Palomäki Tommi||Imagine Intelligent Materials Oy||Engineering and technology – Materials engineering||14 000||Foundation for Economic Education|
|Sharma Sumita||Ocllo Oy||Natural sciences – Computer and information sciences||28 000||Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation|
|Wang Ling||Teraloop Oy||Engineering and technology – Materials engineering||28 000||Finnish Science Foundation for Technology and Economics KAUTE|
|Virtakoivu Reetta||Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy||Medical and Health sciences – Clinical medicine||28 000||Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation|
|Vuojolainen Jouni||Aurelia Turbines Oy||Engineering and technology – Electrical engineering, Electronic engineering, Information engineering||28 000||Jenny and Antti Wihuri FoundationX|
|Xie Long||InnoGreen Oy||Agricultural sciences – Other agricultural sciences||28 000||Finnish Cultural Foundation|
|You Xiang||SciTech-Service Oy||Engineering and technology – Chemical engineering||28 000||Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation|