Proof-of-Concept Grant

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 100 000 euros.

In 2021, the applications for the projects beginning in 2021 as well as in 2022 will be processed. The position in the non-field-specific ranking list of the applications as well as the wishes expressed by the applicants to start the grant period in 2021 or in 2022 will be taken into account when making a proposal to award the grant.

The call for preliminary PoC grant applications was opened from 4 January 2021 until 17:00 (Estonian time) on 22 January 2021.

The call for full PoC grant applications was opened from 8 February 2021 until 17:00 (Estonian time) on 26 February 2021.

Application Form Template for PoC grant full application 2021


Regulations for 2021 call:

Conditions and Procedure for Proof-of-Concept Grants 2021

Guidelines for Evaluating Proof-of-Concept Grant Applications 2021

Application Form Template for PoC grant preliminary application 2021

Frequently asked questions

Information webinar on PoC grant
In 2021 the information webinar on the application process of PoC grant took place on 8 January here (in Estonian).

Rebekka Vedina
Research Funding Officer
Tel +372 5697 6673