The Organisation of Research and Development Act ensures the key role of research and technology as the factors promoting development in the Estonian economy.
Estonia’s Research, Development and Innovation strategy for 2007-2013 “Knowledge-Based Estonia" focuses on the sustainable development of society through research and development as well as innovation. It aims at helping to achieve the goals of the long-term development strategy "Sustainable Estonia 21" and the Lisbon Strategy (the strategy for economic growth and jobs). This strategy is a follow-up to the research and development strategy 2002-2006 “Knowledge-Based Estonia".
Research and development institutions
A research and development institution may be established as a state agency, a local government agency, a legal person in public law, an agency of a legal person in public law, or a legal person in private law, the principal activity of which is research and development and which is registered in the sub-register of research and development institutions.
Funded by the Estonian government, the Research and Development Council advises the Estonian government on research and development strategy issues.
Alongside R&D, innovation is essential for businesses to develop and stay competitive.
Intellectual property must be protected to encourage research.
Information on institutions associated with research and development grants are submitted to the sub-register through the register’s relevant input form within five working days after the information is created.
The Estonian Research Portal collects information on Estonian scientists, research and development institutions, and projects. The portal gives an overview on Estonian research and development policy, infrastructure and funding possibilities, resources for international and national cooperation, research statistics and the science grant database.
When looking for solutions for the development of business, universities should be kept in mind. For carrying out joint technical development projects, an entrepreneur can turn to universities and research institutions. Additional information:
Enterprise Estonia offers innovation voucher grants, which is support aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). With the innovation voucher grant, the SME, in cooperation with a university, test lab, or experts in the field of intellectual property, can research innovative solutions to development obstacles, test new materials, gather knowledge on technologies, carry out surveys in the intellectual property databases, etc.