Research funding

The main instruments of the Estonian R&D funding system are institutional research funding and personal research funding. Institutional research funding is used to finance high-level research and development (R&D) and related activities (research topics) of research and development institutions . Personal research funding is a contribution to the costs of innovative or high-risk research projects carried out by researchers or small research groups.

Personal research funding

A personal research funding is a contribution towards the costs of innovative or high-risk research projects carried out by researchers or small research groups. Personal research funding is applied for in a public competition on the conditions and pursuant to the procedure established by the Estonian Research Council and approved by the Ministry of Education and Research. Funds allocated for personal research funding are allocated to the Estonian Research Council through the budget of the Ministry of Education and Research. The Estonian Research Council organises the assessment of applications for personal research funding and the assessment is carried out by the Evaluation Committee of the Estonian Research Council with the help of foreign experts.

Further information is available at the Estonian Research Council home page

Institutional research funding

An institutional research funding is allocated for financing high-level research and development, and related activities (research topics) of a research and development  institution. The aim is to ensure the consistency of the research and development of an R&D institution, and to upgrade, supplement and maintain the infrastructure necessary for this purpose. Institutional research funding is provided from the state budget by the directive of the Minister of Education and Research.

Institutional research funding can be applied for by research and development institutions whose science and development activities have received regular positive evaluation in at least one research field as of the application date. The evaluation of the institutional research funding applications is organised by the Estonian Research Council and carried out by the Evaluation Committee of the Estonian Research Council with the help of foreign experts. The amount of annual institutional funding is established by a directive of the Minister of Education and Research on the recommendation by the Estonian Research Council.

A core infrastructure is an infrastructure belonging to a research and development institution, which was established in the public interests for the purpose of pursuing research themes and which can be used by other persons on the terms and conditions established by the research and development institution. An application for core infrastructure support is submitted together with an application for an institutional research funding.

Further information about applying for institutional research funding is available at the Estonian Research Council’s home page

 

Last updated: 22 December 2015