The system of research funding in Estonia is diverse. Main national research funding instruments are as follows:Baseline funding finances R&D institutions that have received positive evaluations with the aim of realizing strategic development goals, co-financing foreign and domestic projects and opening up new directions for research.Institutional research funding (up to 6 years) is allocated for financing high-level research and development, related activities and infrastructure at an institution involved with these activities.Personal research funding (up to 4 years) is a contribution to the costs of high-level R&D activities carried out by researchers or small research groups. Personal research funding comprises two categories of grants: exploratory research grants and start-up research grants.National R&D programmes are financed from the state budget through the expenditure of the particular ministry overseeing the programmes.National centres of excellence the measure funds research groups of internationally high repute, working under common leadership and with clearly defined common goals. The Minister of Education and Research designates the centres of excellence by a directive for seven years. Out of 12 Centres of Excellence, the University of Tartu leads six and participates as a partner in four.
Ms Kristel Mikkorkristel.mikkor [ät] ut.ee
Phone: +372 737 5508
Additional information can be found in the UT internal website.
See also Research in Estonia portal.
Research and development funding can also be obtained for specific purposes from EU structural funds, including research infrastructure, applied research in smart specialisation fields, various mobility programmes and for popularising research.
Contact: Ms Anne Tenno
Office of research and developmentanne.tenno [ät] ut.ee
Phne: +372 737 5617
The main International research funding instruments in EU level are covered by Horizon 2020 - research and innovation framework programme and other European Commission grants. Other international research cooperation and partnerships of the European Union include Joint Technology Initiatives (JTI), Joint Programming Initiative (JPI), ERA-Net networks, COST, COSME etc.
In addition there are numerous cooperation schemes and instruments for funding international cooperation involving both the public and the private sector, pan-European initiatives and bilateral collaboration.
Contact: Ms Kadri Raav
Phone: +372 737 5614kadri.raav [ät] ut.ee
Additional Information from Europa website
The authorship in Estonia is protected by the Copyright Act. The legal protection to the objects of industrial property is regulated by Patents Act, Utility Models Act, Trademark Act, Industrial Design Protection Act and international treaties. All universities have their own detailed IPR principles following the international and state legislation. The author has copyright in the work as of the creation of the work. An author also has copyright in the results of the intermediate stages of creating a work (drafts, sketches, plans, figures, chapters, preparatory design material, etc.)
Contact: Mr Siim Kinnas
Head of Intellectual Property Unit
Tel: +372 737 6546, + 372 520 4864,siim.kinnas [ät] ut.ee.
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