The Estonian Research Council (ETAg) manages different competitive R&D funding instruments.

The largest funding instrument is personal research funding. Personal research funding is funding allocated for the research activities of individuals or research groups.

The funding of post-doctoral research is organized through personal research funding, and the Mobilitas Pluss (2014-2020) programme. Mobilitas Pluss is cofunded by the European Regional Development Fund.

In the framework of the Mobilitas Pluss programme, the Estonian Research Council also funds top researchers who have come from abroad to work in an Estonian R&D institution with the purpose of creating one’s own research group, and returning researchers who have left Estonia and now intend to return to work in an Estonian R&D institution or entreprise.

International cooperation projects are funded by the Estonian Research Council in the framework of either bilateral (the PARROT programme with France, memoranda with the Russian Humanitarian Scientific Foundation and the US Civilian Research and Development Foundation) or pan-European initiatives (EUROCORES, ERA-NET, ARTEMIS, EMBO).

International cooperation programmes provide various options for funding research cooperation. For example, the Parrot programme offers travel grants for cooperating with French researchers; post-doctoral grants are provided by both the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) as well as University College London (UCL SSEES) . New calls for proposals are soon to be expected within the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014 – 2021 Baltic Research Programme


Dr. Siret Rutiku
Head, Department of Research Funding
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