Programme activities are carried out by the Estonian Research Council (ETAG) in accordance with Decree No. 1.1-2/15/481 of the Minister of Education and Research of 30 December 2015. It lays down the conditions for the provision of grants under the ‘Internationalisation of research and support for mobility and the next generation’ or Mobilitas Pluss programme.
The budget for Mobilitas Pluss is 35 373 770 euros, 83.5% of which is covered by the European Regional Development Fund.
The programme aims to:
improve the international visibility of Estonian research, business and higher education and Estonia’s attractiveness as a destination country for study and research;
strengthen the international competitiveness of Estonian researchers and research performing organisations, including companies;
support opportunities for Estonian research institutions and companies to collaborate with transnational research organisations and networks, including through synergy with Horizon 2020 actions;
expand international collaboration and professional development opportunities for the state, R&D institutions, higher education institutions, companies, students and academic staff by improving intersectoral and international mobility and cooperation (opportunities).
ETAG reimburses the costs of Estonian R&D institutions, companies and higher education institutions successfully participating in the initiatives of the European Research Area, Innovation Union and Horizon 2020. The effective functioning of several Horizon 2020 measures presume that projects will also involve Structural Funds, in addition to the Horizon 2020 funds. The activity aims to expand opportunities for Estonian researchers and entrepreneurs to participate in Horizon 2020 projects and increase the impact of existing projects by supporting additional activities.
As a result of the activity, we will achieve greater cohesion and synergy with the initiatives of the European Research Area, Innovation Union and Horizon 2020. Furthermore, the involvement of Estonian researchers and institutions in the above initiatives will increase.
ETAG reimburses the costs of those partners who have ongoing Horizon 2020 EIT projects.
In the case of EIT, reimbursement is provided for costs related to participation in the work of a KIC consortium for which a partner is not reimbursed in any other manner and which in particular include travel and staff costs.
For the reimbursement of costs, the action plan, also including the budget, has to be submitted to the Estonian Research Council on the relevant form.
The costs of KIC core partners will be reimbursed up to 50 000 € per year for up to 4 years after becoming a core partner of a KIC. The costs of associated partners of KICs will be reimbursed up to 30 000 € per years for up to 4 years. The costs of other types of KIC partners will be reimbursed 30 000 € per year for up to 2 years. The costs will be eligible until 31.12.2022.
Activities are carried out simultaneously with partners’ participation in EIT projects.