A proof-of-concept (PoC) grant is a competency-based research funding instrument for experimental development in order to test and/or create conditions for the commercialization of research outcomes. Experimental development is systematic work, drawing on knowledge gained from research and practical experience and producing additional knowledge, which is directed to producing new products or processes or to improving existing products or processes. The PoC grant is aimed to enhance technology transfer, application of research outcomes in enterprises and in society, as well as strengthen the societal and economic impact of research.
Prerequisite for applying proof-of-concept grant is the previous research of the applicant, in which technology readiness level at least 4 has been achieved (descriptions of TRL adapted for Social sciences, and Humanities and Arts). Funding period of a proof-of-concept grant is up to one year and the maximum amount is 150 000 euros.
The priority of the call of 2023 is the development of the key areas of the Estonian Green Policy. These areas are energetics, knowledge-intensive and internationally competitive green economy, transport and mobility, sustainable food system, circular economy and waste, spatial planning and buildings, biodiversity, land use and valorisation of bioresources, and adaptation to climate change. The key areas of the Estonian Green Policy are pointed out in the report by the Green Policy Expert Group.
The proof-of-concept grant call of 2023 is open in ETIS from 1 February to 17:00 (Estonian time) on 28 February.
Regulations for 2023 call:
Head of the Field of National Research Grants
Tel +372 731 7363