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

Our financing decisions are independent and our actions impartial. Our decisions are comprehensible, transparent and consistent with good international practices. We keep to our agreements and promises.

Expertise

We rely on thorough knowledge and skills in all areas of activity. We are continually learning and improving ourselves.

Efficiency

We use resources carefully, economically and responsibly. Our work is efficient and of high quality.

Openness and cooperation

We are open to innovation. We value our cooperation with our partners and we work as a unified team.

OUR
PEOPLE

Employees
67
Men
17
(20%)
Women
50
(80%)
Higher
education
100%
Master’s
degree
59,7%
Doctoral
degree
25,8%
Average length
of employment
5,8
YEARS
Average
age
42,3
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 71.8m 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 250,255 publications and over 40,000 users.