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Tampere University
Duration of project1.11.2018–30.11.2023

​​​​​​The CICAT2025 is a multidisciplinary project funded by Strategic Research Council (SRC) aiming to accelerate Finland’s intention to become the global leader in circular economy (CE) by 2025. CICAT2025 aims to assist CE actors to transform their innovations into profitable business. CICAT2025 research addresses firstly to diverse mechanisms – so-called catalysts – that can drive systemic change and secondly to multiple circular economy ecosystems. By examining technological, business, regulative and cultural catalysts of CE the project brings new knowledge to help boost the development of CE business ecosystems. CICAT2025 collaborates intensively with companies, cities, federations and councils, ministries, and national and international university partners.

Strategic research


​​​​The global sustainability transition and climate change pushes our society to change towards more resource-efficient circular economy. However, such systemic change is arduous and there is friction, and decision makers need new knowledge and tools on how to accelerate the change. The multidisciplinary CICAT2025 consortium combines contributions from technology, business, politics, art, linguistics, law and stakeholder interaction. The project will generate scientific contributions and concrete tools for advancing CE. Wider societal impacts are ensured by educating CE experts and supporting CE change-makers.

Funding source

Academy of Finland, Strategic research (STN)


​​​​​Tampere University, University of Turku, University of Jyväskylä, University of Eastern Finland, Tampere University of Applied Sciences and Turku University of Applied Sciences.