Project information

Index: 1210R4
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Innovation, research and technology development
Location ESTONIA EESTI Tartu Eesti Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2003
End: -

Topic of the practice

applied research, support for R&D projects

Good Practice Information

Competence Centres (CCs) are research organisations which focus on the long-term cooperation between research institutions and companies in applied research. The Competence Centre Programme was initiated by the public sector, and it aims to increase the international competitiveness of companies by facilitating their cooperation with research institutions.
CC Programme aims to raise the international competitiveness of companies by strengthening the strategic R&D cooperation between companies and research institutions. The Programme supports R&D projects in one or a small number of technological fields.The CC Programme is run by the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication, and implemented by Enterprise Estonia.

Evidence of success

Currently there are 8 CCs in Estonia, four out of which are working in the field of biotechnology. Today the CCs involve almost 100 companies, a big part of the SMEs, and all the leading Estonian universities. Tangible results include creating high-qualification jobs, publications and intellectual property. Some CCs achieved to produce commercially viable products or services.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Siim Espenberg

City of Tartu

Annex completed on: 09-17-2014

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