Institutional Research Funding

Institutional research funding is support allocated for financing high-level research and development, and related activities (research themes) of an institution involved with the aforementioned activities. 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

Therefore, it is the function of institutional research funding to ensure the stability of financing research and development in an R&D institution by funding high-level research. The funded research themes should guarantee the consistency and sustainability of a research field in Estonia.

The awarding of institutional research funding is based on the provisions of the Organisation of Research and Development Act, which entered into force in 2012, and regulation number 73 “Conditions and procedure for applying for, awarding and amending the amount of institutional research funding”  of the Ministry of Education and Research.

The applications for institutional research funding are submitted to the Ministry of Education and Research via the relevant electronic environment of the Estonian Research Information System (ETIS) from 1 February to 20 March of the year preceding the year of application.

The evaluation of the institutional research funding applications is organized by the Estonian Research Council. The assessment is performed by the Estonian Research Council’s evaluation committee by means of international peer review.

Important: The holders of institutional research grants have to submit their continuance (follow-up) and infrastructure application from 1 February to 20 March 2018.

Guidelines for evaluating institutional research funding applications 2014-02-26


There will be no call for new applications in 2016 due to limited amount of funding available.