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).
The application process and submission of reports in 2020
Since the reporting process has changed, it will not be necessary to submit the annual report or the application to continue funding. The decision to continue funding the project will be based on the contract which will be prepared in the end of the calendar year.
The holders of the postdoctoral grant will have to submit the final report no later than three months after the end of the project.
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).
Head of Department of Research Funding
Tel +372 731 7381