Research grants

The French Institute’s Department for Scientific Cooperation provides mobility programmes. Our objective : foster creation of new scientific partnership and develop existing ones between Estonia and France. 

These scientific exchange programmes include trips and visits aiming at strengthening existing partnerships and seeking to create new opportunnities for future collaboration. 

Programmes and schedule :

  • Scientific missions : contact directly our Department for Scientific Cooperation (jordi(at)


To know more, do not hesitate to contact us : jordi(at)


The program Hubert Curien Parrot is a mobility award set up by the French Ministry of Research and Education, in partnership with the Estonian Research Council, the French Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.


  • foster high quality scientific and technology exchanges between laboratories.
  • create and strengthen European networks through cross-partnership.


  • applications are open to research laboratories attached to a universities, research institutes or companies.
  • all scientific disciplines are covered including social science and humanities.
  • applications must be sent simultaneously by both partners in their home country, to the agencies in charge of the program. Research partners in France must therefore ensure they have submitted their application too.


  • the grant covers travel expenses of both partners.
  • granted on a yearly basis, for two consecutive years.
  • after one year, the grant renewal shall be linked to a mid-way progress report’s approval.

Granted by France :

  • Travel and insurance expenses for French scientists visiting Estonia up to 450 €
  • Living expenses for Estonians scientists while in France (110 € daily rate), including accommodation and domestic travel costs.

Granted by Estonia :

  • Travel and medical insurance expenses for Estonian scientists visiting France up to 500 €
  • Living expenses for French scientists while in Estonia (80 € daily rate), including accommodation and domestic travel costs.


The 2017-2018 call for applications is open ! click on


Project title


Estonien partner

French partner

Smart electronic skin with touch and mechanical sensibility


IMS Lab, University of Tartu (Alvo Aabloo)

LPPI, Université de Cergy-Pontoise (Frédéric Vidal)

Process-based approach and enhanced technologies of treatment wetlands

Engineering science

Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu (Ülo Mander)

GEPEA, Ecole des Mines de Nantes (Florent Chazarenc)

Elaboration and electronic properties of novel oxide nanocomposites for optical materials resistant in highly ionised environments

Engineering science

Institute of Physics, University of Tartu (Eduard Feldbach)

LSPM, Université Paris 13 (Andrei Kanaev)

Control of U-CAT biomimetic underwater robot for shipwreck archaelogical inspection

Engineering science

Center for Biorotics, Tallinn University of Technology (Maarja Kruusmaa)

LIRMM, Université de Montpellier 2 (Ahmed Chemori)

Studies of perspective earth abundant materials for solar cells and development of solar cells structures based on them

Science and NICT

Department of material sciences, Tallinn University of technology (Maarja Grossberg)

IMEPLAHC, INP Grenoble (Frédérique Ducroquet)

Ecological strategy for nutrient control in rural landscapes

Earth and Universe science, Space science

Department of Geography, University of Tartu (Jaan Parn)

IRSTEA, Antony (Hocine Henine)

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