Contact at Estonian Research Council
Katrin Piller
Phone: +372 731 7382


Joint programmes launched in cooperation with NordForsk

NordForsk is an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers that provides funding for and facilitates Nordic cooperation on research and research infrastructure. Nordic cooperation involves Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden as well as the three autonomous areas, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands. Cooperation with the Nordic countries has been important to Estonia both historically and strategically. The national R&D&I strategy also envisages further strengthening of research cooperation with the Nordic countries. Since 2019, the Estonian Research Council has participated in the development of several joint programm in cooperation with NordForsk and other funding organizations.


The Estonian Research Council participates in the financing of NordForsk joint programmes on the basis of a virtual common pot funding scheme, which means for the applicant that the Estonian research group is funded (only) by the Estonian Research Council according to its budget agreed with the participating partner organizations.

ETAG's total budget for various NordForsk calls has been 150,000–400,000 euros, which will be distributed among all projects involving Estonian researchers that have reached the top of the overall ranking and have been decided to fund in the programme. Nordic funding organizations participate in NordForsk calls based on either the common pot or the virtual common pot scheme.

Project consortia

Participation in NordForsk calls requires the formation of a consortium of research teams from at least three participating countries. At least 2 Nordic countries must be represented in the consortium.


Applications are submitted through the NordForsk Application Portal. The application is submitted by the project promoter, who can only be a research institution. The principal investigator of the project promoter must have a doctoral degree. As a rule, one principal investigator can submit only one application in one call for proposals.

All the necessary forms to attached to the application can be downloaded from the NordForsk portal. The application form must be completed in English. It can also be reviewed without logging in to the portal. The application must be accompanied by a letter of confirmation from each partner institution.


The assessment is organized by NordForsk. Applications are usually assessed by an evaluation panel of international experts. NordForsk will later provide feedback to all applicants in the form of individual reviews or a consensus evaluation report.