facts and figures

In this section, you can find facts and figures, that describe the best of Estonian research fields.
  • Estonian research belongs to the upper 50% in the world in all 22 fields of research specified in the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database.
  • The most cited fields (compared to global average of the field) according to Web of Science are clinical medicine; molecular biology and genetics; physics; plant and animal sciences; and psychiatry and psychology (export date 26.04.2019).
Most cited research fields in Estonia. Source: WoS (InCites) 2010-2020.
  • For the publications published in 2009-2016 by Estonian authors, 9.99% reached the 10% of the world`s most cited publications. This indicator places Estonia #13 in the EU in terms of scientific impact. Source: European Innovation Scoreboard 2019.
Scientific publications among the top 10% most cited publications worldwide as percentage of total scientific publications of the country.
  • There are 10 influential Estonian researchers who are among the world’s top 1% researchers by citations for their field and year according to Clarivate Analytics.
Clarivate, a company monitoring the world’s research, published their list of top researchers for 2020. This time it includes ten researchers related to Estonia, eight of whom work at the University of Tartu. Source: Clarivate Analytics
  • Research in Estonia is primarily financed on the basis of quality competition. Financing comes mainly from the state budget; but also form companies, foreign funds (mainly the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020), and other EU initiatives. Estonian Research Council (ETAg) is the main body responsible for the funding of R&D, supports researchers’ mobility and external cooperation offering various segment of grants.
Expenditures on R&D by source of funds 2019 (mln eur). Sources: Estonian Statistics, Ministry of Education and Research
  • Estonia is holding a very good position within the EU in view of its successful participation in Horizon 2020. If we compare the proportion of the awarded funds to a country’s GDP, Estonia exceeds the European average 2.5 times. Such success is evidence of the high level and competitiveness of Estonian researchers and entrepreneurs in the European research and innovation market. Since participation in the EU Framework Programme generally requires co-operation, success also indicates that our researchers and entrepreneurs are valued partners. With regard to this indicator, Estonia ranks #2 in the European Union. Source: eCORDA, Eurostat and calculations by the Estonian Research Council.
EU financial contribution for participants from a country in relation to GDP (EU28=100%). Sources: eCorda, Eurostat
  • Estonian research has become more international. For example, from 2008 to 2018, the number of foreign researchers in institutional non-profit sectors has grown by 3,2 times (to 9% of researchers) (Source: Statistics Estonia). The share of international PhD students in Estonia has risen to 25.5% in the 2019/2020 academic year (Source: Haridussilm).
Number of foreign researchers in institutional non-profit sectors over the years.