Applied research funding

The aim of applied research is to find solutions to practical problems within a relatively short period of time. The Estonian Research Council supports applied research through the following measures:

Applied research in smart specialisation growth areas – NUTIKAS

The support aims to contribute to growth in the research-intensity of the Estonian economy, supporting collaboration between R&D institutions and companies. Furthermore, the support will help to raise the capabilities of R&D institutions to carry out applied research needed for business in smart specialisation growth areas.

The funding supports companies in commissioning necessary applied research or product development projects from universities or research institutions.

The volume of funding in a call for proposals is up to 9 million euros, the maximum volume of funding per project is 2 million euros, whereas the minimum amount is 20 thousand euros. The company contributes to the study with its own financing depending on the size of the company, and whether product development or an applied study is involved

Funding is applied for through open calls for proposals organised by the Archimedes Foundation. The Estonian Research Council is assisted by a steering committee that evaluates applications and oversees the support measure overall.

Viktor Muuli
Manager of Smart Specialisation
+372 7 300 325
+372 517 7697

Support for sectoral R&D – RITA

We support the pursuit of socio-economical applied research, guided by the needs of the Estonian state in order to increase the role of the state in the strategic steering of research and the capabilities of R&D institutions in carrying out socially relevant research.

The Ministries select the topics for applied research based on their sectoral needs. Research and development institutions carry out research as planned. RITA aims to strengthen the capabilities of the Ministries in commissioning applied research needed by the state. Moreover, the programme will improve the capabilities of R&D institutions to conduct such research, thereby further strengthening the collaboration between state and R&D institutions.

No basic research will be supported under RITA. The objective is to tackle, through applied research, major interdisciplinary social problems which are faced by society and which are within the jurisdiction of several Ministries, or issues of national importance that require speedy intervention.

If you wish to have information in English about on-going Calls, please contact Ms Liina Eek,

Liina Eek
RITA Programme Manager
+372 731 7383
+372 5300 1912