Estonia (EE)

Estonia is a country on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea in Northern Europe, it has a population of 1.3 million. The countries S3 priorities include e-health; biotechnology; ICT: industry, robotics and embedded systems; ICT: e-governance and data science; materials technologies and enhancement of resources. The country has a national strategy for health research and innovation, and a strategy for e-health.

Regional website

Ministry of Social Affairs


The country is interested in collaboration in the field of validating healthcare services/devices based on personalised medicine.

Policy document (RIS3): No

Policy document PM@RIS3: No


However, the country have specified smart specialisation growth areas. These will be amended, the most recent one is:

Policy documents

  1. National: e-health strategy for 2020  

  2. National: Research and innovation for health. Research, Development and Innovation Strategy for the Estonian Health System 2015–2020

  3. National: Human Genes Act

Major initiatives

  1. Population-based collection of samples to build a biobank with genomic data. Estonian Gene Bank

  2. Clinical validation of genomic risk scores for prediction of cardiovascular diseases and breast cancer

  3. Realisation of information from genomic data to healthcare services. ERF funding for project "Realisation of personalised medicine in Estonia"

  4. Genotyping facility

  5. HPC. High performance computing Computing Centre


Is the region represented in: Horizon2020; Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy Platforms/Partnerships (RIS3); EIT Health/InnoStars/Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS); other?


  1. 1+ million genomes initiative

  2. Horizon2020

  3. Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy Platforms/Partnerships (RIS3)

  4. EIT Health/InnoStars/Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS)

  5. Horizon 2020 funded CSA-s: IC PerMed, ERA PerMed

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium