Research funding in Estonia

The largest funding instruments are institutional research funding and personal research funding, both organized by Estonian Research Council. The financing is guaranteed by Ministry of Education and Research.

According to the new framework of research grants and baseline funding, personal research funding has been the main competitive R&D funding instrument since 2016.

Personal research funding is funding allocated for the research activities of individuals or research groups.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

In the context of Horizon 2020, the EC has launched a research data pilot. For those projects participating in the research data pilot, a more detailed data management plan (DMP) is mandatory within six months of grant confirmation.

Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon2020

OpenAIRE program launched in 2015 is going to implement Horizon2020 policies and it is the main infrastructure supporting open data pilot. OpenAIRE contact in Estonia is University of Tartu Library.