Personal research funding (PUT) means funding allocated for a high-quality R&D project carried out by a person or a research group working at an R&D institution.
Personal research funding comprises three categories of grants corresponding to the different levels of a research career:
- A postdoctoral research grant is a grant aimed at supporting the launch of a research career of the people with a doctoral degree obtained from an Estonian university at a foreign R&D institutions or among highly qualified research groups.
- A start-up grant is a grant aimed at supporting the researchers with initial research experience to launch their independent research career at an Estonian R&D institution, to set up their research group, and to contribute to educating the next generation of researchers (incl. doctoral students).
- A team grant is a grant aimed at supporting researchers in continuing their research career at an Estonian R&D institution, ensuring high-quality research, leading a strong research group, and educating the next generation of researchers (incl. doctoral students).
An acknowledgement of personal research funding:
An acknowledgement of the PUT funding in a publication is mandatory, unless limited by publishing restrictions, copyright, or intellectual property laws. Only the publications which include an acknowledgement will be taken into account when assessing the interim and final reports.
Correct form of acknowledgment of PUT funding in English:
This work was supported by the Estonian Research Council grant (PUT number).
Correct form of acknowledgment of PUT funding in Estonian:
Uurimistööd on finantseerinud Eesti Teadusagentuur (PUT number).
The application process and submission of reports in 2019
In 2019, the call for personal research funding (postdoctoral, start-up, and team grant) applications opens on 1 April and closes at 17:00 (Estonian time) on 30 April.
Since the reporting process has changed, it will not be necessary to submit the annual report or the application to continue funding from 2019 onwards. The decision to continue funding the project will be based on the contract which will be prepared in November-December 2019.
However, it will be necessary to submit an interim report on the four-year projects begun in 2017. The interim report shall be submitted via ETIS from 1 March to 1 April 2019 until 17:00 (Estonian time).
It will be possible to submit the final reports of the projects which ended in 2018 from 15 January to 1 April 2019 until 17:00 (Estonian time).
The holders of the postdoctoral grant will have to submit the final report no later than three months after the end of the project.
Head, Department of Research Funding
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