Research is conducted at universities and other higher educational institutions, and at research centres institutes subordinate to the state. Cooperation with other institutions all over the world plays an important role.
Estonian Academy of Sciences
The Estonian Academy of Sciences is an association of scientists, scholars and researchers charged with the function of developing and representing Estonian science and research and to continue to the implementation of scientific results in the interests of improving the general quality of life. The Academy gives independent professional recommendations and expert evaluations, take part in drafting legal acts pertaining to research and development and coordinates research-related cooperation both within Estonia and internationally.
Estonian Research Council
The Estonian Research Council (ETAg) is a foundation governed by the Ministry of Education and Research that was established in the public interests for supporting the execution of national science policy. The Research Council acts as a partner for scientists, research and educational institutions, entrepreneurs and the state.
Estonian Research Information System
The Estonian Research Information System (ETIS) is a storehouse of information regarding research and development institutions, scientists, scientific projects and the results of various research activities. ETIS is simultaneously a channel for submitting various applications and for reviewing submitted applications as well as for approval of applications and projects.
International research cooperation
International research-related cooperation is coordinated by the Ministry of Education and Research solely at the national level. The result is international research and development related cooperation agreements. At the level of establishments and researchers, international research cooperation is coordinated by the Estonian Academic Foreign Exchange Fund, which operates at the Estonian Academy of Sciences. It is possible to finance international research cooperation both in the framework of targeted financing for specific research topics and the Estonian Science Foundation’s research grants. The Estonian Research Council represents Estonia in international organisations, coordinates participation in cooperation programmes, and supports international cooperation through counselling as well as financing.