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Programme for applied research

The programme for applied research supports the development of innovative products and allows you to grow your company’s income by developing new or significantly enhanced technologies, processes, products or services.

The programme consists of advising companies and supporting applied research.

The support applied for by the projects should be between 250,000 and 2 million euros.
The total amount of funds for the application is 15 million euros.

In order to be a part of the applied research programme, companies must first attend a mandatory preliminary consultation.

The last deadline for submitting projects that have passed the preliminary consultation to receive a preliminary assessment is 22.03.2024.

The submission deadline for applications for the projects that have received a positive preliminary assessment is 05.04.2024 16:00.

Name
Programme for applied research
Maximum grant
2 000 000
Self-financing
20% - 75%
Status
Open

Who is the programme for?

  • This programme is for companies that wish to develop innovative technologies, processes, products or services, test new materials or gather knowledge about technological feasibility.
  • A company will be able to apply independently or in cooperation with other companies, scientific establishments, testing laboratories or intellectual property experts.
  • The programme is open for all companies registered in the Estonian business registry, regardless of their size or years of operation. The company must not be in difficulties.

Feedback

Ruth Oltjer
Ruth Oltjer
Manager and owner of Chemi-Pharm

The applied research programme helps entrepreneurs bring their ideas to the market quickly – it’s a real launchpad for Estonian innovation and the Estonian economy!

What kind of projects are we expecting?

artificial intelligence, machine learning, the internet of things, anything cyber-related

personal medicine, e-health

wood, food, coal and nanotechnological approaches to materials technology

What qualifies for a grant?

Proportion of applied research grant depending on the size of the company:

  • 70% (small business)
  • 60% (medium business)
  • 50% (large business)

Proportion of applied research grant depending on the size of the company in the context of effective cooperation:

  • 80% (small)
  • 75% (medium)
  • 65% (large)

Proportion of experimental development grant depending on the size of the company:

  • 45% (small)
  • 35% (medium)
  • 25% (large)

Proportion of experimental development grant depending on the size of the company in the context of effective cooperation:

  • 60% (small)
  • 50% (medium)
  • 40% (large)

We will grant support for conducting feasibility studies as a preliminary step for conducting applied research or developing products. Grants are only given to feasibility studies that precede applied research or experimental development activities.

  • 70% (small)
  • 60% (medium)
  • 50% (large)

Primary protection of intellectual property can be applied for only if the project also contains applied research or experimental development activities.

  • The percentage of support for this grant is 50%

What will change in the company?

An increase in income through scientific activities and product development

An increase in international competitiveness

Increased number of employees involved in R&D

Preliminary consultation

In order to be a part of the applied research programme, companies must first attend a mandatory preliminary consultation. The preliminary consultation provides feedback on the contents of the project and on how well it complies with the technical requirements of the programme. The companies will also receive suggestions on the improvement and development of the project. The preliminary consultation will also reveal whether there is a need for international expertise. The preliminary consultation will end with a preliminary assessment.

Registration for preliminary consultations: [email protected]

Submitting an application

The application can be compiled and submitted in the online E-toetus environment.

 

Video instructions for filling in the application (in Estonian)

Group membership scheme (if the applicant is a part of a group and the group’s data is not viewable in the business registry) (in Estonian)

Power of attorney sample (if the signatory of the application is not a representative of the applicant)

Instructions for determining level of technical preparedness:
Determining level of technical preparedness in projects (in Estonian)
Determining level of technical preparedness in IT-projects (in Estonian)

 

submit application

Evaluation of applications

The applications will be assessed by experts and the assessment committee.

They will look at all relevant materials and perform an assessment of the project. The assessment will be based on the contents of the project as well as other data that is available in public databases.
Additional information may be requested if necessary. Enterprise Estonia will make the decision to fund or not fund the project based on the recommendations of the assessment committee. You will be notified in writing when a decision has been made.

Read about the application assessment method (in Estonian):

Project implementation

  • Support recipients must declare their research and development activity in their yearly report collected by Statistics Estonia.
  • If the applying company purchases research and development services, the service providers can only be companies and scientific organisations that have references acknowledged in their field. The service provider can be from Estonia or from a foreign country.

Detailed terms of the grant are provided in the grant regulations:

Reporting

Submit your project reports and requests for payment through the online E-toetus (e-grant) system.
We are always here to help you with any questions!

submit report

How to apply?

In order to be a part of the applied research programme, companies must first attend a mandatory preliminary consultation. The preliminary consultation provides feedback on the contents of the project and on how well it complies with the technical requirements of the programme. The companies will also receive suggestions on the improvement and development of the project. The preliminary consultation will also reveal whether there is a need for international expertise. The preliminary consultation will end with a preliminary assessment.

Registration for preliminary consultations: [email protected]

The application can be compiled and submitted in the online E-toetus environment.

 

Video instructions for filling in the application (in Estonian)

Group membership scheme (if the applicant is a part of a group and the group’s data is not viewable in the business registry) (in Estonian)

Power of attorney sample (if the signatory of the application is not a representative of the applicant)

Instructions for determining level of technical preparedness:
Determining level of technical preparedness in projects (in Estonian)
Determining level of technical preparedness in IT-projects (in Estonian)

 

submit application

The applications will be assessed by experts and the assessment committee.

They will look at all relevant materials and perform an assessment of the project. The assessment will be based on the contents of the project as well as other data that is available in public databases.
Additional information may be requested if necessary. Enterprise Estonia will make the decision to fund or not fund the project based on the recommendations of the assessment committee. You will be notified in writing when a decision has been made.

Read about the application assessment method (in Estonian):

  • Support recipients must declare their research and development activity in their yearly report collected by Statistics Estonia.
  • If the applying company purchases research and development services, the service providers can only be companies and scientific organisations that have references acknowledged in their field. The service provider can be from Estonia or from a foreign country.

Detailed terms of the grant are provided in the grant regulations:

Submit your project reports and requests for payment through the online E-toetus (e-grant) system.
We are always here to help you with any questions!

submit report

Assistance for applicant

Mart Toots

Programme development lead for applied research

[email protected]

+372 5649 9651

Read more about the terms and conditions in the grant regulation:

Grant regulation

Find more information about the previous projects and the grants they received here: