The results of the French-Estonian cooperation program PARROT travel grant competition

The French-Estonian science and technology cooperation program “G.F. PARROT ”organized the 10th application round in 2020.

A record number of applications were submitted in this application round – 20. There were 10 applications from researchers of University of Tartu, 9 from researchers of Tallinn University of Technology and 1 application from researchers of the Estonian University of Life Sciences. The applications were divided into the following areas: Natural Sciences and Technology 14, Environmental and Life Sciences 4, Social Sciences 1 and Humanities 1 application.

The researchers had to submit an identical application in English to both French and Estonian funding organizations. This ensured that experts from both countries evaluated exactly the same application. The applications  were first evaluated by the national evaluation panels, each of which formed its own ranking. The Estonian Evaluation Committee was formed from the members of the expert committees of the Evaluation Council of the Estonian Research Council, the French Evaluation Committee from their local experts. The Estonian-French Joint Commission decided the funding based on the ranking.

This year, the cooperation program “G. F. PARROT ” Joint Committee decided to finance 9 Estonian-French co-operation projects over the next two years, one co-operation project is currently on the reserve list.

Funded projects

Title of the project            Estonian partner                                       French partner

CarboWet: Carbon balance in peatlands and constructed wetlands Ülo MANDER

Tartu Ülikool  Ökoloogia- ja Maateaduste Instituut


INRAE UR Hydrosystèmes Continentaux Anthropisés


Study of metal nanoparticles for Biomedical applications and application in nanomedicine Erwan RAUWEL

Eesti Maaülikool Tehnikainstituut

Hamideh SALEHI

Université de Montpellier

Laboratoire Bioingénierie et Nanosciences

SElf-Assembled Nanostructures from Sustainable Surfactants as Novel Antibacterials (SEANS2) Yevgen KARPICHEV

Tallinna Tehnikaülikool Keemia ja biotehnoloogia Instituut

Jean-Manuel RAIMUNDO

Centree interdisiplinaire de Nanoscience de Marseille UMR 7325

Optimization of Atomic Layer Deposition methods for growing metal oxide thin films Lauri AARIK

Tartu Ülikool Füüsika Instituut


Laboratoire des Matériaux et du Génie Physique (LMGP)

Security, Resilience and Innovation in the post-COVID world Implications for France, Estonia and the EU Andrey MAKARYCHEV

Tartu Ülikool Johan Skytte poliitikauuringute instituut

Caroline DUFY

Centre Emile Durkheim

Emergence and divergence of plant viruses on cereals: Sobemoviruses – a case study Cecilia SARMIENTO

Tallinna Tehnikaülikool Keemia ja biotehnoloogia Instituut


UMR Interactions Plantes Microorganismes Environnement

Development of VIsion-Guided sOft micro Robot for diagnosis of otitis media Alvo AABLOO

Tartu Ülikool Tehnoloogiainstituut


Université Polytechnique Hauts de France IMN

(q, σ,τ)-differential graded algebras and  shifted (σ,τ)-twisted curved Lie algebras Viktor ABRAMOV

Tartu Ülikool Matemaatika ja statistika Instituut

Abdenacer Makhlouf

Université de Haute Alsace Département Mathématiques

Mechanochemical preparation of MOFs: from energy to biomedical applications (MOF-MECH-API) Allan NIIDU

Tallinna Tehnikaülikool Inseneriteaduskond, Virumaa kolledž


Institut Charles Gerhardt de Montpellier


ETAG covers the travel expenses of the Estonian researchers to France (up to 500 euros per visit) and daily allowance (110 euros per day).

Next application round for the years 2023-2024 will be announced in March 2022.


Maarja Soonberg