Connecting research and business


Development voucher

The development voucher is essentially a supporting measure for preliminary research. The results of the development voucher should enable the entrepreneur to gain comprehensive knowledge on whether their development idea has the potential necessary for continuing the development process in other stages.

Maximum grant 20 000 EUR
The maximum grant percentage from the entire cost is 70%

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Innovation voucher

The innovation voucher enables a small and medium-sized entrepreneur (SME) who is cooperating with a higher education institute, test laboratory, or intellectual property experts, to develop innovative solutions for development obstacles, carry out tests with new materials, gather knowledge on technologies, conduct studies in intellectual property databases etc.

Maximum grant 4000 EUR. The maximum grant percentage from the entire cost is 80%

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Access to analytical research facilities across the Baltic Sea Region (Baltic TRAM)

The Baltic TRAM project offers companies free access to state-of-the-art analytical research facilities across the Baltic Sea Region, providing technical and scientific expertise to help solve challenges associated with developing new products or services.

Baltic TRAM offers free consultations with experts in analytical research facilities and research institutes, free measurements of material samples on micro-, nano- or molecular scale.

Companies based in EU member states are eligible to apply through website …

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Enterprise Development Programme

The enterprise development programme aims to support well-thought-out development, improved action planning, innovation implementation and product development. In the course of the development programme, each participating enterprise will launch new products and services that are more profitable than their predecessors.

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Applied Research and Development in Agriculture 2015–2021

The objective of the applied research program is to give the Ministry of Rural Affairs a scientific basis on which to form politics, law-making, and national supervision as well as to coordinate and finance the participation in international scientific cooperation. The program helps to implement measures of the ministry’s operating areas, thanks to which the program can be used to fill the goals set in different spheres.

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Applied research specializations in smart growth areas (NUTIKAS)

The funding helps entrepreneurs commission applied research and product development necessary in smart specialization growth areas from public research and development institutions. The funding may be applied for projects with the duration of up to three years. This is a good opportunity for a company to carry out large-scale development projects in a relatively short period of time.
You may apply for the funds until 31 December 2016.

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Innovation in SMEs

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges.
Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.

Maximum grant 50 000 – 2 500 000EUR
The maximum grant percentage from the entire cost is 70%

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Environmental investments

There are different activities supported in environmental investments:  The fishery programme, the marine environment programme, development of water management infrastructure, recycling of waste and preparation for reuse,  the nature preservation programme, the forestry programme, the atmosphere air protection programme, the earth programme, .he management of environment programme, the environmental awareness programme.

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Support for Developing Products, Customs, Processes and Technologies

 The objective of the support for developing products, customs, processes and technologies is to sponsor single projects that improve cooperation and develop innovation primarily in the agricultural, food and forestry sectors as well as to provide solutions for problems connected to the production processes of specific manufacturers and processors. The projects must be directed at solving primary tasks set up by a company based on practical needs, not on financing single scientific interests. A sub-measure of the Estonian Rural Development Plan (ERDP) …

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The Leader programme is one of the most successful initiatives of the European Commission.

The aims of the RDP Leader measure are to promote local initiatives, to contribute to the enhanced competitiveness of agriculture and forestry, to improve the quality of life in rural areas, to diversify economical activities and to empower the local level through Leader Local Action Groups.


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