“It is glad to see that even during COVID-19 pandemic more applications were submitted than in previous rounds. The focuses are diverse: maritime, film, cyber security, bioinformatics and geophysics. The experts start evaluating the applications soon and the results will be available by the end of June,” said Anu Lepik, the Senior Specialist of the Scholarships and Grants’ Office of the Education and Youth Board.
Most applications were received by Tallinn University of Technology (5), University of Tartu (3) and University of Tallinn (2). One application was submitted by Tartu Health Care College, Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences (Mainor), Tallinn University of Applied Sciences and Estonian Free Church Theological Seminary. 1.5 million euros were applied for and the 400 500 euros are available for funding.
The current round is third and last. Eight projects have been funded in previous rounds. The total budget of the programme is 1.3 million euros.
The objective of the EEA/Norway grants is to increase economic and social equality in Europe and enhance bilateral relations between Estonia, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The Baltic Research Programme amounts to 8.35 million euros with Estonian contribution of which 7.1 million euros is foreign. Programme consist of activities in higher education, research and pre-defined projects.