The Estonian Research Council (ETAg) manages different competitive R&D funding instruments.
The largest funding instrument is personal research funding.
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, cooperation with MOST Taiwan and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) or pan-European initiatives (ERA-NET, 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 the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS). ERA-NET Cofund programme funds pan-European cooperation and Baltic research programme fosters cooperation between researchers in Baltic countries and Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein.