Estonia (EE)

Population per km² (2017) 30

Regional Innovation Performance (2019) Strong

Regional website

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

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.

Is the region looking for international/European/interregional collaboration opportunities? 

Yes - Collaboration in the field of validating healthcare services/devices based on personalised medicine.

Looking for best practices

Policy document (RIS3): Yes

Policy document PM@RIS3: Yes


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

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 

  6. Member 1+ million genomes initiative

  7. Pharmacogenetic Recommendations for Personalised Medicine 

  8. Regions4PerMed

  9. Estonian Rare Diseases Registry for Wolfram syndrome, Alström syndrome, Bardet-Biedl syndrome and other rare diabetes syndromes - contribuiting to EURO-WABB

  10. Access to Distant Markets in Health and Wellness 

  11. Developing Estonian - Latvian Medical Area 

  12. Future Digital Health in the EU

  13. Creating Healthy and Secure Environment for the Elderly with Dementia 

  14. Boosting cross border entrepreneurial collaboration in life sciences and biotechnology between Latvia and Estonia

  15. Promoting healthy lifestyles


  17. Aligning professional future-oriented training on health promotion to boost development and economic growth in Läänemaa and Helsinki-Uusimaa regions

  18. Innovative solutions in care of elderly citizens living at home

  19. Product Validation in Health

  20. Talsinki Metropolitan Incubation

  21. Digital Innovation Hubs:


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