Research and Development Projects

The corner stones of the Estonian research funding system are national financial instruments, which are supplemented by the European Union and other external financing schemes.

In the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology research and development are financed both from the Estonian Research Agency's starting, postdoctoral and team grants as well as from the EU's financial instruments (Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe, other schemes) and other foreign financial schemes.

In addition we have cooperation projects with enterprises.


Current research and development projects
No Principal Investigator Title of the project Number of the project Duration of the project
1 Maia Kivisaar American Society for Microbiology grant Foreign financial scheme 01.07.12 -
2 Toivo Maimets Doctoral School of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, ASTRA project of the University of Tartu PER ASPERA 2014-2020.4.01.16-0027 01.01.16 -
3 Maia Kivisaar Molecular mechanisms of evolution of bacteria under stressful conditions


2020 - 2024
4 Jaanus Remme Ribosomal RNA modifications in peptide bond formation PRG1179 2021 - 2025
5 Arnold Kristjuhan Regulation of DNA replication initiation and transcription-coupled genomic stability in budding yeast PRG757 2020 - 2024
6 Viljar Jaks Elucidating the role of extracellular matrix in liver tissue repair and pathologies PRG57 2018 - 2022
7 Maia Kivisaar Synthetic biology- guided engineering of Pseudomonas putida for biofluorination (SinFonia) H2020 (814418) 01.01.19 - 31.08.23
8 Margus Leppik The biological function of pseudouridines in eukaryotic mRNA PUTPSG295 2019 - 2022
9 Jaak Truu Oil-degrading microbiome of the Baltic Sea PRG548 2019 - 2023
10 Priit Väljamäe Development of chemical and biochemical valorization technologies for bleached chemithermomechanical pulps (BCTMP) and secondary woody biomass sources RESTA11 (Supporting resource valorisation through R&D)

(leading partner Tallinn Technical University, Tiit Lukk)
01.09.20 - 31.05.23
11 Angela Ivask Bacterial Stress Responses and Physiological Adaptation on Antimicrobial Surfaces and Their Role in the Development of Antibiotic Resistance PRG1496 2022 - 2026
12 Priit Väljamäe Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases in degradation of recalcitrant polysaccharides PRG1540 2022 - 2026
13 Mariliis Klaas Interactions between the extracellular matrix and macrophages in the pathology of Dupuytren's disease PSG737 2022 - 2025
14 Toivo Maimets Alliance for Life Sciences: From Strategies to Actions in Central and Eastern Europe H2020 (964997) 01.05.21 - 30.04.24
15 Rita Hõrak Chromosomal Toxin-Antitoxin Systems – a Mechanism to Resist Phage Infection? PRG1431 2022 - 2026
16 Toivo Maimets Inhibition of AHR signaling in pancreatic cancer to increase susceptibility to PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors and chemotherapy via ELAVL1 pathway
More about the project from the webpage of the promoter.

Norwegian and the EEA financial mechanisms


01.01.21 - 31.12.23
17 Indrek Teino Methylation of mRNA at Adenosine N6 Supports Dopamine Neuron Survival – New Small-Molecule Compounds for Parkinson’s Disease Therapy PUTJD1101 01.02.2022 - 31.01.2025
18 Maido Remm Diagnostic test for fast identification of Listeria monocytogenes sequence types Proof-of-concept grant (EAG), project EAG129 2021 - 2022
19 Juhan Sedman Bioatlas Ltd and UT cooperation with enterprises 2022
20 Maia Kivisaar BiotaTec Ltd and UT cooperation with enterprises 2021 - 2023
21 Tiina Tamm ProProtein Ltd and UT cooperation with enterprises 2021 - 2022
22 Hedvig Tamman The role of stringent response alarmone ppGpp in phage-resistance of Pseudomonas putida Mobilitas Pluss returning researcher grant (MOBTP), project MOBTP1017 2021 - 2023
23 Juhan Sedman Experimental platform for DNA metabolism enzymes and large-scale production
UT experimental science project
2022 - 2023
24 Angela Ivask Surface Transfer of Pathogens (STOP) Horizon Europe (101057961) 01.09.2022 - 31.08.2026
25 Maia Kivisaar BIOS: The bio-intelligent DBTL cycle, a key enabler catalysing the industrial transformation towards sustainable biomanufacturing Horizon Europe (101070281) 01.10.2022 - 30.09.2026


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