Research and Education

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Ministry of Education and Research - Estonia
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Programme Summary


Enhanced research-based knowledge development

Programme summary

This Annex sets out the operational rules for the programme. The programme agreement is based on the MoU, the concept note and comments made by the FMC. Commitments, statements and guarantees, explicit as well as implicit, made in the concept note, are binding for the National Focal Point and the Programme Operator unless otherwise explicitly stipulated in the annexes to this programme agreement.

The Programme Operator is the Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia. Certain tasks of the Programme Operator may be delegated to the Estonian Research Council (ETAg) and the Education and Youth Board, however this does not in any way reduce or restrict the responsibility of the Programme Operator. The Research Council of Norway (RCN), the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills (HK-dir) and the National Agency for International Education Affairs, Liechtenstein (AIBA) shall act as Donor Programme Partners.

The programme objective “Enhanced research-based knowledge development” shall be attained through three outcomes:  

  • Outcome 1: “Enhanced performance of Baltic research internationally”

The outcome will be supported by way of one open call for proposals.  The call will be a part of the “Baltic Research Programme”, to be implemented also under the Research programmes in Latvia and Lithuania, aiming at enhancing the performance of research in the Baltic Region.

  • Outcome 2: “Improved skills and competences of students and staff in higher education”

The outcome will be supported by way of three open calls for proposals and a pre-defined project. The projects will take the form of institutional cooperation projects and mobility projects between higher education institutions.

  • Outcome 3: “Competence of educational staff increased, related to working with special education needs (SEN)”

The outcome will be supported by way of one pre-defined project.

Programme Concerns

The possibility of joint calls for proposals together with the relevant designated Programme Operators in the Republic of Latvia and the Republic of Lithuania, on Joint Baltic Research and Education, shall be explored when developing the concept note. Approximately € 5,000,000 of the programme grant shall be made available for the programme area ''Research''.

Bilateral Ambitions

€100,000 shall be allocated to the programme from the fund for bilateral relations. This does not prevent the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds from allocating additional funds to the programme.

Information on the projects funded by the EEA and Norway Grants is provided by the Programme and Fund Operators in the Beneficiary States, who are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of this information.