Proof-of-Concept Grant

A proof-of-concept (PoC) grant is a competency-based research funding instrument for experimental development in order to test and/or create conditions for the commercialization of research outcomes. Experimental development is systematic work, drawing on knowledge gained from research and practical experience and producing additional knowledge, which is directed to producing new products or processes or to improving existing products or processes. The PoC grant is aimed to enhance technology transfer, application of research outcomes in enterprises and in society, as well as strengthen the societal and economic impact of research.

Prerequisite for applying proof-of-concept grant is the previous research of the applicant, in which technology readiness level at least 4 has been achieved (descriptions of TRL adapted for Social sciences, and Humanities and Arts). Funding period of a proof-of-concept grant is up to one year and the maximum amount is 150 000 euros.

The priority of the call of 2023 is the development of the key areas of the Estonian Green Policy. These areas are energetics, knowledge-intensive and internationally competitive green economy, transport and mobility, sustainable food system, circular economy and waste, spatial planning and buildings, biodiversity, land use and valorisation of bioresources, and adaptation to climate change. The key areas of the Estonian Green Policy are pointed out in the report by the Green Policy Expert Group.


The proof-of-concept grant call of 2023 has ended.

You can find statistical overview here.

Regulations for 2023 call:

Conditions and Procedure for Proof-of-Concept Grants 2023

Guidelines for Evaluating Proof-of-Concept Grant Applications 2023

Application Form Template for Proof-of-Concept Grant Application 2023




Eveli Laats
Head of the Unit of National Research Grants
Mob: 51 911 737