positively evaluated Estonian R&D institutions

The full list of positively evaluated Estonian R&D institutions is following:

BioCC OÜ. The focus of the competence centre is to enhance the industry’s competitiveness and profitability through innovative solutions, encompassing the whole chain (feed industry, cattle breeding and nutrition, dairy technology, human nutrition and medicine) of the production of healthy added-value milk and dairy products.

The Center of Food and Fermentation Technologies main scope and content of the research is the development of a systems biology platform for the study of microorganisms. This platform is applied to solve food technology and nutritional science tasks which are primary concerned to food quality, the stability of sensory and nutritional properties and to the relationships between food and health.

The Competence Centre for Health Technologies is a biotechnology company focused on research and product development in the fields of personal medicine, drug development and both human and veterinary reproductive medicine.

Cybernetica is a R&D intensive ICT company that researches, develops and manufactures software solutions, light signalling and telematics products, maritime surveillance and radio communications systems. They also investigate and apply theoretical and practical security solutions.

The Estonian Academy of Arts is Estonia’s most important centre of expertise in art, design, architecture, art history, cultural heritage and art education. The EAA is the leading university in Estonia awarding doctoral degrees in the arts, and is the main promoter and advocator of artistic and practice-based research.

The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (established in 1919) is the only institution in Estonia where academic research in musicology, music theory and ethnomusicology is integrated with university level teaching from undergraduate to doctoral levels.

From January 1st, 2018 University of Tartu has a new Institute of Genomics, which was established by merging Estonian Genomics Centre and Estonian Biocentre (joined University of Tartu January 1st, 2018). Institute of Genomics was established to promote greater synergy between genomic-based research, teaching and other scientific fields. This allows more effective collaboration with different research centres and universities and greater recognition among global scientific community.

Estonian Business School is the oldest privately owned business university in the Baltics. With more than 1500 students, the goal of EBS is to provide enterprising people with academic knowledge, skills and values for successful implementation. Researchers and doctoral students at EBS participate in international research groups, international scientific conferences, and publish joint articles with researchers and doctoral students in other countries.

The Estonian Literary Museum is the leading centre for Estonian Studies in Estonia. Its aims include the preservation of the Estonian language and culture, advancement of Estonian Studies and the participation in international research and development activities.

The Estonian National Museum preserves the essence of continuity and tradition. The museum is the generator and developer of cultural dialogue which links the past to the future. ENM`s role as a centre of ethnological research is to record, study and interpret culture as a way of life, taking into account its periodical, spatial and social diversity.

Research and development  activities of the Estonian Crop Research Institute support increase of efficiency and competitiveness of agricultural production, mitigate negative impact of agricultural production on the environment and help in the maintenance of agrobiodiversity.

The Estonian University of Life Sciences is the country’s centre for research and development in agriculture, forestry, animal science, veterinary science, rural life and economy, food science, biodiversity, nature protection, renewable natural resources and environmentally friendly technologies. 

The Institute of the Estonian Language is a research and development institution whose mission is to contribute to the survival and good health of the Estonian language, by the cultivation and advancement of standard Estonian, by compiling and editing dictionaries essential for the national culture and by the maintenance of relevant data collections, as well as by fundamental and applied research supporting the above activities. It also provides language-technological support.

The National Institute for Health Development is a government established research and development body collecting, connecting and providing reliable national information from a multitude of sources, related to the health of the Estonian population.

The National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics is an interdisciplinary research institute which carries out basic and applied research in materials science, genetic engineering and biotechnology, environmental technology, and in the field of particle physics and informatics.

Protobios is an Estonian biotechnology company founded in October 2003, and is positioning itself as a developer of new diagnostic tests as well as a service provider in the field of immunome analysis.

The Software Technology and Applications Competence Centre (STACC) is R&D organisation where companies can access expertise in (big) data analytics and co-develop visionary technology products in this field.

In Tallinn University (TLU) the research is conducted in five focus fields, through six institutes and two regional colleges. In order to support interdisciplinary and international cooperation, TLU has launched five centres of excellence, where researchers and teams with a shared interdisciplinary research focus are connected.


TalTech University (TalTech), the only technological university in Estonia, is the flagship of Estonian engineering and technology education. In TalTech a synergy between different fields (technological, natural, exact, economic and health sciences) is created and new ideas are born. TalTech is set to become one of the leading technological universities in the Baltic Sea region.

The principal area of activity for Tartu Observatory is the research and experimental development of natural sciences. Also, promoting science in the fields of astronomy, remote sensing and space technology; providing research-based services in these areas, being a reliable partner across international networks, training young scientists and extending the natural-scientific worldview. The University of Tartu Tartu Observatory is an institute of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Tartu. The observatory operates under the Universities Act, the University of Tartu Act, its own statute, and other acts.

Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences is an institution of research and development of the Estonian Academy of Sciences. Its mission is to study Estonian literature and the local written culture in general, both in historical and theoretical perspectives, within the context of historically multilingual Baltic space as well as world literature. 

The University of Tartu (UT) is Estonia’s leading centre of research and training. As Estonia’s national university, UT stresses the importance of international cooperation and partnerships with reputable research universities all over the world.