2020 target grant

From 1 to 15 July 2020, an exceptional research funding call for target grants related to solving the problems caused by the SARS-CoV-2 infection was opened. A total of 2.1 million euros is to be distributed to fund applied research and experimental development projects for developing the prototypes for innovative solutions, products, and services in five thematic areas:

  • materials and surface treatment agents inhibiting the spread of the virus;
  • new types of personal protective equipment;
  • technological solutions for the reduction of virus particles in indoor air;
  • technological solutions to reduce the workload on the health care sector;
  • solutions based on data analysis to assess the spread of the virus and to predict the impact of the measures.

The thematic areas of the call have been defined by the Ministry of Education and Research, based on the outcomes of the idea collection organised by the Estonian Research Council.

The interim results of the funded target grant projects, which are due in December 2021, were presented in two parts on 22 September at 17 PM at PROTO Invention Factory in Tallinn and on 23 September at 17 PM at Science Centre AHHAA in Tartu. Afternoon Tea in the style of a researchers’ café took place in the frame of the Researcher’s Night Festival (mainly in Estonian). Click the picture below to see the list of presentations.

The following grant conditions and procedure, and evaluation guidelines have been established by the Directive No 1.1-4/20/77 of the Board of the Estonian Research Council on 16 June 2020.

2020 target grants

Conditions and procedure Evaluation guidelines Budget tool

Differentiating applied research and experimental development

Technology readiness levels (TRL)

TRL in humanities and arts, and social sciences

Guidelines for research ethics self-assessment for grant application

Members of the Expert Panel (Directive in Estonian)