Archimedes Foundation is an independent body established by the Estonian government with the objective to coordinate and implement different international and national programmes and projects in the field of training, education and research.
Archimedes Foundation is the implementing body of Erasmus+ and administers several national and international scholarship schemes for improving mobility, marketing Estonian higher education and research abroad.
Established in 2000, Enterprise Estonia promotes business and regional policy in Estonia and is one of the largest institutions within the national support system for entrepreneurship, providing financial assistance, counselling, cooperation opportunities and training for entrepreneurs, research institutions, the public and non-profit sectors. Its operations support the accomplishment of the long-term strategic objectives of the Estonian economy. To achieve this, it supports the development of export-capable enterprises that create higher additional value.
The Estonian Academy of Sciences was founded in 1938 as an association of top-level scientists and scholars with commitment and responsibility to advance scientific research and represent Estonian science nationally and internationally. The primary mission of the Academy is to assist in building a knowledge-based Estonia, fostering adaptation of new knowledge for economic growth and improvement of the quality of life in Estonia, enhancing public appreciation of science and scientific methods of thought.
The Development Fund is a state-run public institution that invests into young and growth-oriented technology companies together with the private sector. The fund is aimed to invest into knowledge-intensive and high-technology Estonian companies that are in launching stage, offering management-related support to the relevant operators.
The Estonian Research Council was established on 1 March 2012. It is is a governmental foundation that was established on the basis of the Estonian Science Foundation and combined with the Research Cooperation Centre, a department of the Archimedes Foundation, acting as a Seventh Framework Programme National Contact Point. Estonian Research Council was established to concentrate the funding of R&D and guarantee the better functioning of financing systems.
The main objectives of Innove is the implementation of educational/training and development programmes and projects as well as facilitation of the European Union Structural Funds.
Main activities to reach these objectives are:
The Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA) is a non-profit association established by the Republic of Estonia, the University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology, Eesti Telekom and the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications.
Fund KredEx was founded in year 2001 by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. KredEx is a financing institution helping Estonian enterprises develop quicker and expand more safely to foreign markets, offering loans, venture capital, credit insurance and guarantees with state guarantee. It also helps the Estonian people to improve their living conditions, offering loan guarantees with state guarantee for purchasing homes, as well as loans, guarantees and grants for solutions aimed at energy efficiency.
The Ministry's principal tasks are as follows:
The Ministry of Education and Research is a key authority in elaboration and preparation of policy documents, and pro-actively coordinates the respective policy consultations. Main partners in consultation process are the other ministries (the role of the Ministry of Finance is the most substantial) and public agencies, the State Chancellery and the Research and Development Council, and the R&D organisations.