Research and Development

Working life-oriented research, development and innovation (RDI) work is one of the basic tasks of Universities of Applied Sciences. The aims of the RDI activities include both renewing competence within Jamk and improving competitiveness in the working and business life. 

Jamk's growing volume of RDI

Jamk plays an important role in the implementation of RDI activities and Jamk is one of Finland's largest research and development actors in the field of universities of applied sciences. RDI activities respond to the demands of the operating environment by offering the latest information and expertise for the use of partners.

RDI activities are implemented in cooperation with customers and partners in Central Finland, elsewhere in Finland, and in international fields.

€20,3 million

total volume of RDI Activities,
of which the share of external funding €16,5 million


RDI projects,
of which 50 international projects


of which 414 experts participated in RDI activities


co-operated with the RDI activities

Jamk's Focus areas

Jamk has chosen the focus areas based on the needs of the operating environment and the gathering of the competences of Jamk and its partners into competitive centres of excellence. The focus areas are multidisciplinary, combining several of Jamk’s competence areas. The focus areas are growing and known at the national and partly also the international level. Each focus area has a significant education task, focused RDI activities and professional service business activities.

Automation and robotics

We help companies navigate and develop through automation, robotics, machine vision and closely related technologies.

Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation

We act as a forerunner in rehabilitation, developing the best rehabilitation solutions in collaboration with working and business life.


Jamk is a developer of business and promoter of export activity within bioeconomy. It creates new material economy and circular economy saving natural resources. Several areas of expertise are connected to bioeconomy.

Innovative Learning

On this focus area Jamk develops, innovates, and researches work-oriented learning and pedagogical solutions that support it. We serve as your development and research partner in the work-oriented learning ecosystem!

Applied Cybersecurity

Today's world relies strongly on digital services and information. We are at the forefront of technological development, and the preparedness for modern cyber threats.


We educate experts in responsible tourism and develop the tourism industry in collaboration with businesses and our other partners.

Contact information

Mika Karjalainen

Vararehtori, Vice Rector
Konsernin hallinto, Administration
Korkeakoulupalvelut, University Services

Petri Moilanen

T&K-päällikkö, R&D Manager
Kehittämispalvelut, Research and Development
Korkeakoulupalvelut, University Services

Juha Hautanen

Päällikkö TKI, Head of Department R&D
Jatkokoulutukset, Further Education
Ammatillinen opettajakorkeakoulu, Professional Teacher Education

Piia Honkanen

Päällikkö TKI, Head of Department R&D
Teknologian kehittämispalvelut, Technology Development Services
Teknologia, School of Technology

Mirva Leppälä

Päällikkö TKI, Head of Department R&D
LIKE T&K, Research and Development
Liiketoiminta, School of Business

Kare Norvapalo

Päällikkö TKI, Head of Department R&D
HYVI T&K, Research and Development
Hyvinvointi, School of Health and Social Studies