Research Funding

Research grants are aimed at supporting high-quality R&D projects and the accompanying research activities.

All researchers who work at positively evaluated Estonian R&D institutions, regardless of their citizenship or country of origin, can apply for research funding. The grants are financed from the Estonian state budget. The calls are organised by the Estonian Research Council. The Evaluation Committee of the Estonian Research Council is responsible for the evaluation of the applications as well as for making the funding decisions.

The division of the research grants is as follows:

  • Personal research funding(PUT) is aimed at supporting high-quality R&D projects carried out by a researcher or a research group working at Estonian R&D institutions. According to the new framework of research grants and baseline funding, personal research funding has been the main competitive R&D funding instrument since 2016.
  • A proof-of-concept grant is aimed at supporting the implementation of experimental development projects at Estonian R&D institutions.
  • Institutional research funding (IUT) is aimed at supporting high-quality R&D projects of the researchers working at Estonian R&D institutions, the accompanying research activities, and the continuity of Estonian R&D institutions as well as upgrading, supplementing, and maintaining the research infrastructure. As of 2016, no new institutional research funding grants will be awarded.


Siret Rutiku
Head of Department of Research Funding
Tel +372 731 7381