The Estonian R&D&I strategy “Knowledge-based Estonia” lists co-operation with the Nordic countries as one of the priorities of Estonian research co-operation. NordForsk is a platform for joint Nordic research and research infrastructure cooperation. The organisation was established in 2005 by the Nordic Council of Ministers in order to strengthen the Nordic research and Innovation Area. NordForsk’s mandate is to facilitate, i.e. to identify and respond to, strategic priorities for Nordic research cooperation, and thereby create Nordic added value. Estonian researchers can participate in NordForsk’s calls for proposals.
On 26 September, NordForsk launced a call for proposals for research and innovation projects on digitalisation of the public sector. The call has a budget of EUR 7,4 million and the deadline for submissions is 16 January 2020.
The Research and Innovation Programme on Digitalisation of the Public Sector is a collaborative effort between the Research Council of Norway, the Academy of Finland, the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte), the Innovation Fund Denmark, the Estonian Research Council, the Latvian Ministry for Education and Science, the Economic and Social Research Council (part of UK Research and Innovation), and NordForsk.
Full text of the call and application requirements can be found on the NordForsk website.
Applications can be submitted via NordForsk Application Portal.
The Estonian Research Council will be able to support the participation of the Estonian evaluated research institutions in the programme with a total of 400,000 euros. Estonian partners from other categories may be project partners, provided they cover the costs of their participation themselves. The national funding criteria can be found HERE.