Research grants are funding allocated for a high-quality R&D project carried out by a person or a research group working at an R&D institution.
There are three categories of research 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
In 2020, the call for research grants (postdoctoral, start-up, and team grant) was opened from 1 March to 17:00 (Estonian time) on 7 April 2020.
Changes concerning the processing of research grants which stem from the state of emergency
- NEW! The PIs of the PUT, PSG, and PRG projects ending in 2020 have the possibility of applying for an extension of the final date of the project as well as for using the grant longer. It is possible to extend the period of the project up to three months, i.e., it is allowed to apply for extending the projects with the end date 31 December 2020 until 31 March 2021. The final report of the project can still be compiled at the usual time, but the deadline for submitting it will be extended for one month, yet not for more than 30 April 2021, for the projects with a later end date. NB! Please keep in mind that in case of a later end date, the grant amount will not be increased and if you will be awarded a new grant, this project can only begin once the previous project has ended (the end date of the new project will not be extended either). Choosing to use the possibility of extending the final date of your ongoing project is voluntary. The application for extending the period of the project has to be submitted to the Council (together with the confirmation of your institution) by 30 November at the latest.
- The deadline of the research funding call in 2020 has been extended by one week from 31 March to 7 April until 17:00. All applicants who are unable to gain access to the relevant sources (e.g., due to the suspension of the home lending service of libraries) or who are unable to submit the application by the set deadline owing to major impediments directly related to the state of emergency, please contact the Research Funding Officer in your field or the Head of the Department of Research Funding immediately.
- The Estonian Research Information System ETIS will remain open for submitting the final reports on institutional research funding and infrastructure funding until 20 April until 17:00, instead of 31 March.
- The deadline for making corrections to the interim and final reports on personal research funding can be extended, if necessary. Please contact the Research Funding Officer responsible for processing the interim or final report if you wish to request an extension.
- If any impediments related to the state of emergency occur during the implementation of ongoing projects (e.g., concerning the postdoctoral fellows staying abroad or about to move abroad, conducting clinical studies on patients, or carrying out fieldwork, etc.), please contact the Research Funding Officer in your field or the Head of the Department of Research Funding as soon as possible in order to discuss the relevant changes, incl. the necessity to temporarily suspend the project.
- If the grant has been used in accordance with the objectives of the project, but an event has been cancelled due to the state of emergency, it will not be necessary to transfer the costs back to the Estonian Research Council. Explanations regarding such costs have to be provided either in the grant contract, or in the interim or final report.
- Depending on the further developments of the state of emergency, the Estonian Research Council will, if necessary, introduce additional changes regarding the application process and inform the researchers as well as the R&D institutions immediately. Taking into account the fact that extending the deadline of the call may also result in the delay of the funding decisions, the imperativeness of the changes as well as possible negative consequences will be examined very carefully and individual solutions will be preferred over comprehensive changes whenever possible.
Head of the Department of Research Funding
+372 731 7381
+372 5342 0639
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 the research grant:
An acknowledgement of the research grant 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 the research grant in English:
This work was supported by the Estonian Research Council grant (PXX number).
Correct form of acknowledgment of the research grant in Estonian:
Uurimistööd on finantseerinud Eesti Teadusagentuur (PXX number).
Head of Department of Research Funding
Tel +372 731 7381