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Estonian Research Council, Estonia

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Acronym: ETAg

Country: Estonia

Role in CIRCLE-2: Task member in several WP



Estonian Research Council (Eesti Teadusagentuur, ETAg), established on 1 March 2012 is a successor of Estonian Science Foundation (Eesti Teadusfond, ETF), which was supplemented with the Research Cooperation Centre of the Archimedes Foundation and reorganized. The Council is a private body fulfilling public functions, responsible to the Ministry of Education and Research.

The forerunner of ETAg, the Estonian Science Foundation, has been established in July 1990 by the Estonian Government as an expert research funding organisation with the main goal to support the most promising research initiatives in all fields of basic and applied research including humanities and social sciences and to use state budget appropriations to award peer-reviewed research grants on a competitive basis. As a research founding body, the objectives of the Council are not only to foster the development of basic and applied research and support the most qualified and successful researchers and research groups, but also involve post-graduate and doctoral students in active research and facilitate international cooperation and the mobility of researchers. This has been attained mainly by the annual call for research project proposals and different programmes for post-docs' (ERMOS) and researchers' mobility (MOBILITAS).

Another priority of ETAg is to facilitate Estonian researchers' international collaboration with foreign colleagues. Council represents the Estonian scientific community on an international level being a member of the European Science Foundation (ESF) and a founding member of Science Europe.

Within the Framework Programmes (FP) ETAg participates as a partner in several ERA networks (BONUS, BiodivERsA, ERA-CAPS, NORFACE, HIVERA etc.) and fulfils rather demanding tasks in some of them. ETAg has made funding commitments in most of the mentioned ERA-NET joint calls, has funded the Estonian research groups successful in other joint calls, but represented by some other organization. Council has also joined several EUROCORES initiatives and is running some other international, bi- and multinational cooperation programmes.

ETAg acting as a FP7 National Contact Point offers counselling on the Seventh Framework Programme and Horizon 2020, coordinates participation in the COST network and consults mobile researchers through the EURAXESS network

Estonian Research Council is also the authorized processor of the Estonian Research Information system, the information channel for submitting and processing grant applications, as well as submitting and confirming project reports.

Key Personnel

photo Toomas Meressoo    

photo Aare Ignat