The main principles of R&D in Estonia are defined in the Research and Development Organisation Act (adopted in 1997), which stipulates the bases for the organisation of R&D and secures the legal means for the preservation and further development of scientific and technological work as a part of the Estonian culture and economy.
This area is also regulated by:
- Universities Act;
- National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics Act;
- Estonian Academy of Sciences Act.
The most important regulations of the Minister of Education and Research are:
- Conditions and Procedure for Base-line Funding of Research and Development Institutions;
- Conditions and Procedure for Targeted Financing of Research Topics of Research and Development
The most important regulations of the Government of the Republic are:
- Conditions and Procedure for Evaluation of Research and Development Institutions;
- Statutes of the Estonian Research Portal.
All acts and regulations governing this field can be reviewed through the electronic version of the State Gazette (www.riigiteataja.ee).