The University of Tartu recognised entrepreneurial researchers

The University of Tartu recognised its researchers, who made a major contribution to the development of an entrepreneurial university. The title of entrepreneurial researcher went to Professor Tambet Teesalu a visiting professor of Cancer Research Group and the Institute of Oceanology and Fisheries of the University of Tartu Professor Toomas Saat.

Professor Tambet Teesalu has been actively involved in the development of cancer medicine and has been working effectively with the business community.
Professor Toomas Saat has entered into entrepreneurial agreements related to environmental research as a result of his research.

The volume of entrepreneurial co-operation of the University of Tartu has been significantly influenced by the 2016 Applied research in smart specialisation growth areas (NUTIKAS) funding, through which 21 projects were funded by Archimedes Foundation in 2016 and 2017. Of these, 11 are implemented in cooperation with the University of Tartu. In 2017, the University of Tartu concluded research and development contracts worth 2.2 million euros under this measure.

Source: University of Tartu pressrelease “TÜ kõige ettevõtlikumad teadlased on Tambet Teesalu ja Toomas Saat”


Applied research in smart specialisation growth areas (NUTIKAS) support aims to contribute to growth in the research-intensity of the Estonian economy, supporting collaboration between R&D institutions and companies. Furthermore, the support will help to raise the capabilities of R&D institutions to carry out applied research needed for business in smart specialisation growth areas.
The funding is intended for a company registered in the Estonian commercial register, for the benefit of which a study or product development project in the smart specialisation growth area will be carried out by a research institution.

NUTIKAS measure is funded by European Regional Development Fund

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NUTIKAS success story: Selfdiagnostics OÜ

The Estonian company Selfdiagnostics brings laboratory-grade precision home medical testing to ordinary users and offers the world’s smallest application of PCR technology. This unique product paves the way for bigger changes in medicine in regard to patients taking the first steps toward diagnosing illnesses.

“Health care issues are a salient topic, and services in the field are certainly not as available to people as they would like. People are also used to making increasingly more decisions about their health themselves, and they are quite well-informed. Today people tend to try to take the initiative themselves as the first step toward understanding what the problem is and how it might be treated,” says CEO and co-founder Marko Lehes.

Selfdiagnostivs OÜ is a research and development company founded in 2008, its goal is to develop and market services and products necessary to prevent or control health care issues.

Read Marko Lehes interview on Connected Health website.


Applied research in smart specialisation growth areas (NUTIKAS) support aims to contribute to growth in the research-intensity of the Estonian economy, supporting collaboration between R&D institutions and companies. Furthermore, the support will help to raise the capabilities of R&D institutions to carry out applied research needed for business in smart specialisation growth areas.
The funding is intended for a company registered in the Estonian commercial register, for the benefit of which a study or product development project in the smart specialisation growth area will be carried out by a research institution.

NUTIKAS measure is funded by European Regional Development Fund

Grant recipient: Selfdiagnostics OÜ
Researcher: UT Institute of Technology
Grant sum: 1 616 013 €

Summary of the survey on the use of NUTIKAS support

The Estonian Research Council conducted a web poll on the use of the NUTIKAS support measure from 7th to 24th of September 2017. The purpose of the survey was to map out the possible reasons that would prevent companies from asking for support. 82 companies responded to the survey.

Survey summary is available in full volume on The Estonian Research Council’s website.

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