The Research and Development Council

The Research and Development Council advises the Government of the Republic in matters relating to research and development strategy, thereby directing the systematic development of the national research, development and innovation system.

The Research and Development Council consists of 15 members and its membership is approved by the Government of the Republic for up to three years. The Prime Minister is the Chairman of the Research and Development Council.

The work of the Council is supported by two permanent committees that focus on the research and development policy and innovation policy. 

Current members of the council

  • Chairman: Prime Minister
  • Members:
    • Minister of Education and Research
    • Minister of Finance
    • Minister of Foreign Trade and Information Technology
    • Arto Aas
    • Jaak Aaviksoo
    • Toomas Asser
    • Tiit Land
    • Toomas Luman
    • Gunnar Okk
    • Maive Rute
    • Mart Saarma
    • Tarmo Soomere
    • Toomas Tamsar
    • Oliver Väärtnõu
he Research and Development Council meeting October 1, 2019 at Stenbock House. Photo: Jürgen Randma

The tasks of the Research and Development Council

  • advises the Government of the Republic on matters relating to research and development strategy;
  • presents its opinion to the Government of the Republic on national research and development programmes presented by the ministries;
  • submits a report on research and development in Estonia and the objectives of research and development policy for the forthcoming period to the Government of the Republic each year;
  • advises the Government of the Republic on the preparation of the draft state budget in respect to the amounts prescribed for research and development and with regard to the different ministries and types of financing for research and development;
  • advises the Government of the Republic on the establishment and reorganisation of research and development institutions and the termination of their activities;
  • advises the Government of the Republic on establishing the conditions and procedures for the evaluation of research and development;
  • performs other functions assigned by law or by the Government of the Republic.

Last updated: 01.10.2020