Processing personal data at the Estonian Research Council

Personal data are any data on the basis of which a person can be identified. The processing of personal data is any act performed with personal data.

As a rule, the Estonian Research Council processes personal data to perform its obligations arising from law and other legal acts, primarily to finance basic and applied research as well as research and development activities, assess the efficiency and impact of grants, organise participation in international research programmes, analyse the public availability of the outcome of research and its societal impact, organise science communication and develop international research cooperation.

More information about personal data processing related to performing the duties of the Estonian Research Council is available in the relevant subsections.


Overview of processing personal data

The overview of processing personal data specifies the categories of personal data processed to perform the Estonian Research Council’s main tasks and supporting activities, the purpose of the processing, persons to whom data is transferred, and the storage terms of the data by reference to the Estonian Research Council’s list of documents. The overview does not cover the accidental and insignificant processing of personal data.

The overview on processing personal data can be found here.

The following is an overview of the conditions and circumstances under which the Estonian Research Council processes personal data.

Upon responding to a request for explanation and information or in other correspondence

In contracts under the law of obligations

Upon processing applications for research funding

Upon providing grants from programmes Mobilitas Pluss, RITA, and TeaMe+ and other funding

In organising science communication competitions and contests as well as providing grants and support

In the process of international research cooperation

In the Estonian Research Council’s hiring process

Upon organising events

Upon visiting the Estonian Research Council’s web page


A person is, at any time, entitled to:

  • request access to their personal data
  • request the rectification, completion or erasure of their personal data
  • request the restriction of the processing of personal data
  • request the transfer of personal data
  • file a complaint with the Estonian Data Protection Inspectorate.

 Data protection officer

Kati Uusmaa
ph +372 7317 342