Researcher mobility support enables both Estonian and foreign researchers to carry out research in a new research environment to exchange experience, expand their co-operation networks and obtain new skills.
The aim is to support the launch of research career for researchers with doctoral degree obtained from Estonian university to continue their independent research in foreign R&D institutions or among highly qualified research groups.
Support is provided for researchers who have earned their doctoral degrees abroad in coming to Estonia for postdoctoral research.
Support is provided for researchers (Estonian citizens or current/former Estonian residents) who have been working outside Estonia and would like to return to Estonia. The prerequisites are postdoctoral fellowship or an equivalent level of research completed abroad.
Mobility funding from Horizon Europe
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) focus on the development of researchers’ careers, not only through mobility but also by supporting excellent research and strong intersectoral cooperation.
International cooperation programmes provide also various options for funding researcher mobility:
- postdoctoral fellowship is provided by the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) for research in Japan;
- French-Estonian PARROT programme provides travel grants for science and technology cooperation between French and Estonian researchers;
- Taiwan-Estonia cooperation programme provides travel grants fot traveling to Taiwanese research institutions.
Mobility support schemes in the Mobilitas Pluss programme
** There will be no more calls for applications from the Mobilitas Pluss programme.
- Mobilitas Pluss postdoctoral grant– support for researchers coming to Estonia to carry out their research projects. The support is aimed at researchers who have defended theid doctoral degrees abroad (**).
- Returning researcher grant– support for researchers who have carried out their post-doctoral research (or research at least at the same level) abroad and return to continue their research in Estonia (**).
- Top researcher grant– support for top researchers who come from abroad to work in an Estonian R&D institution and to establish their own research group;
- Support for study visits and training abroad– support for researchers working at Estonian R&D institutions to participate in trainings and study-visits.
Previous researcher mobility programmes
The programme Mobilitas 2008-2015 with the total budget of 20.3 million euros (of which up to 85% was granted by the European Social Fund) provided grants for post-docs (127) and top researchers (18).
Programme ERMOS (Estonian Research Mobility Scheme) 2010-2015 strived to develop and diversify Estonian research potential through the mobility of researchers and exchange of experience, and promote the development of careers of young researchers (45). The programme was co-financed by EU in the framework of the FP7 Marie Curie COFUND scheme.