Estonia: ETAG

Name of Funding agency

Estonian Research Council, ETAg

Geographical coverage (national/regional)


Name of the programme/initiative


Programme website

Programme owner


Program manager (executing funding organisation)


Contact person(s) (e-mail, tel.)

Margit Suuroja

+372 731 7360

Funding Commitment

150 000 EUR

Anticipated number of fundable research partners


Maximum funding per grant awarded to a partner

100,000 € per project for Partner,

150,000€ per project in case the coordinating partner is from Estonia

Type of research eligible for funding: eligible TRL range


Funding rates (approx.)


Major eligibility criteria
(e.g. types of organisations, thematic restriction, cost types and caps)

1. Project Participants

1.1 The Principal Investigator is a researcher who acts as the Estonian team leader in the project proposal. The Principal Investigator is responsible for how the Estonia’s part in the grant budget is allocated and how Estonia’s part in the project is executed in case of a positive funding decision.

The Principal Investigator:

1.1.1.must have an updated public profile in the Estonian Research Information System (ETIS) by the submission deadline;

1.1.2.must hold a doctoral degree or an equivalent qualification. The degree must be awarded at the latest by the submission deadline of the grant application;

1.1.3.must have published or received formal acceptance for at least three articles that comply with the requirements of Clause 1.1 of the ETIS classification of publications, or at least five articles that comply with the requirements of Clauses 1.1, 1.2, 2.1 or 3.1, within the last five calendar years prior to the proposal submission deadline.

1.2 The Host Institution may be any legal entity that is registered and located in Estonia.

The Host Institution must confirm to the Estonian Research Council (with a confirmation letter after the submission deadline) that the project can be carried out on their premises and that they will employ the Principal Investigator during the proposed project, should the project receive funding.

If the Host Institution is a for-profit institution, then State aid and de minimis aid regulations must be taken into account.

2. Requested Budget

2.1 Research expenses consist of direct costs, indirect costs and subcontracting costs. The research expenses must be used to carry out the project and be separately identifiable.

2.2 Direct costs

2.2.1 Personnel costs are monthly salaries with social security charges and all the other statutory costs of the project participants, calculated according to the person’s commitment and in proportion to the person’s total workload at their Host Institution.

2.2.2 Scholarships may be paid to master’s and doctoral students.

Alternatively, remuneration can be paid as salary to students. All payments to the students should be done according to the usual practices of the Host Institution, following the Estonian legal acts.

2.2.3 Travel costs may cover expenses for transport, accommodation, daily allowances and travel insurance.

2.2.4 Other direct costs include:

- consumables and minor equipment related to the project;

- publication and dissemination of project results;

- organising meetings, seminars or conferences (room rent, catering);

- fees for participating in scientific forums, conferences and other events related to the project;

- all other costs that are identifiable as clearly required for carrying out the project (e.g. translation, copy editing, webpage hosting, etc.).

2.2.5 Subcontracting costs should cover only the additional or complementary research related  tasks (e.g. analyses, conducting surveys, building a prototype, etc.) performed by third parties. Core project tasks should not be subcontracted. Subcontracting costs should not be included in the overhead calculation. The activities and budget should be described in the proposal. Subcontracting costs may not exceed 15% of the total requested budget.

2.4 Indirect costs are overhead costs, which may not exceed 20% of the eligible (requested) direct research costs and should cover the general expenses of the Host Institution. Costs for equipment and services intended for public use (a copy machine or a printer that is publicly used, phone bills, copy service, etc.) should be covered from the overhead.

2.5 Double funding of activities is not acceptable.

Submission of the proposal at national/regional level (schedule, cut-off dates, deadlines, etc.)

No submission needed at national level

Submission of financial and scientific reports at the national/regional level


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