Introduction

Estonian
Research
Council

(ETAg) supports research and innovation in Estonia. We maintain and develop a balanced, high-level and internationally successful research, development and innovation (RDI) system in Estonia, as well as a knowledge-based and sustainable Estonian society.

Research
funding

We provide research and mobility grants in order to:

  • facilitate high-level research projects in all fields to strengthen international competitiveness of Estonian R&D;
  • promote cooperation between the government, businesses and research institutions;
  • contribute to the internationalisation of research and support the next generation of researchers.

Support for
development and
implementation
of research and
innovation policy

  • We represent Estonia’s positions in international networks, assemblies and cooperation projects.
  • We support ministries in making knowledge-based decisions.
  • We ensure availability of research information to researchers as well as to the general public.
  • We manage the Estonian Research Information System (ETIS) as a hub of information on research and development institutions, researchers, research projects and activities.
  • We analyse research and development practices.
  • We organise evaluation of research and development activities.

Support for
international
research
cooperation

  • We educate and advise researchers, research institutions and ministries on the opportunities and criteria of participation in international research cooperation.
  • We represent Estonia in research networks and partnership programmes.
  • We support participation of researchers, research institutions, public organisations and businesses in international research initiatives.
  • We advise foreign researchers working in Estonia.

Domestic and
international
presentation and
promotion of Estonian
research

  • We foster science communication and promote the spread of scientific thinking.
  • We organise competitions for recognising school and university students, researchers and science promoters.
  • We fund science-promoting TV programs, such as “Rakett69”.
  • We present Estonian research to an international audience through the in Research in Estonia initiative.
  • We coordinate and support popularisation of research and engineering.

OUR
VALUES

Reliability

We keep our agreements and promises. We are persistent and energetic. We make objective and impartial decisions. Our decision-making processes are comprehensible, justified and transparent, and consistent with good international practice. In case of disagreements, we listen to all parties, we are open to debate, and provide a rationale for our positions.

Expertise

We are continually learning and developing as we plan our work and search for, and implement, new ideas. Our extensive knowledge and skills make us a valued cooperation partner and enable us to have a say on the development of our areas of activity.

Efficiency

We are committed to continuous improvement in our work and raising the quality of our services. We implement innovative ideas. We assess the effectiveness of our work and actions.

Openness and cooperation

The scientific community and cooperation partners are involved in our work and we consult with them on a regular basis. We are always open to cooperation with new partners, target and interest groups, like-minded parties and supporters. We maintain good relations, notice and value our colleagues, and work as a team. We are open to discussion and constructive criticism, and we are prepared to learn from relevant comments and proposals.

OUR
PEOPLE

Employees
64
Men
13
(20%)
Women
51
(80%)
Higher
education
97%
Master’s
degree
67%
Doctoral
degree
19%
Average length
of employment
6,8
YEARS
Average
age
42,8
YEARS

Our
organisation

Founder

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
AND RESEARCH

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION

BOARD OF THE ETAg

MANAGEMENT OF THE FOUNDATION

Director General
Executive Director

EVALUATION COMMITTEE OF THE ETAg

DEPARTMENT OF R&D ANALYSIS

DEPARTMENT OF THE ESTONIAN RESEARCH INFORMATION SYSTEM

DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

DEPARTMENT OF RESEARCH PROGRAMMES

DEPARTMENT OF RESEARCH FUNDING

DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH COOPERATION

SUPPORT SERVICES

Our
target groups
and partners

Science
promoters and communicators

Students,

University Students,

Teachers

Research institutions and public organisations
Entrepreneurs
Researchers
Politicians

ETAg
IN FIGURES

We allocate 51.2m euros per year in research grants.

We provide 1.4m euros of annual support for international research cooperation.

The science-promoting TV programs funded by us have, on average, over 96,000 viewers.

We present over 100 awards in different annual competitions.

We evaluate over 900 applications per year.

Estonian Research Information System – over 232,000 publications and over 40,000 users.