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 Hedvig Tamman EMBO installation grant IG 5323 2023 - 2025
2 Toivo Maimets Doctoral School of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, ASTRA project of the University of Tartu PER ASPERA 2014-2020.4.01.16-0027 01.01.2016 -
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 Tiina Tamm Regulation of Viral IRES-Mediated Translation PRG1741 2023 - 2027
7 Maia Kivisaar Synthetic biology- guided engineering of Pseudomonas putida for biofluorination (SinFonia) H2020 (814418) 01.01.19 - 31.08.23
8 Jaak Truu Oil-degrading microbiome of the Baltic Sea PRG548 2019 - 2023
9 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)
01.09.2020 -  31.05.2023
10 Angela Ivask Bacterial Stress Responses and Physiological Adaptation on Antimicrobial Surfaces and Their Role in the Development of Antibiotic Resistance PRG1496 2022 - 2026
11 Priit Väljamäe Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases in degradation of recalcitrant polysaccharides PRG1540 2022 - 2026
12 Mariliis Klaas Interactions between the extracellular matrix and macrophages in the pathology of Dupuytren's disease PSG737 2022 - 2027
13 Toivo Maimets Alliance for Life Sciences: From Strategies to Actions in Central and Eastern Europe H2020 (964997) 01.05.21 - 30.04.24
14 Rita Hõrak Chromosomal Toxin-Antitoxin Systems – a Mechanism to Resist Phage Infection? PRG1431 2022 - 2026
15 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
16 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
17 Juhan Sedman Bioatlas Ltd and UT cooperation with enterprises 2022 - 2024
18 Maia Kivisaar BiotaTec Ltd and UT cooperation with enterprises 2021 - 2023
19 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
20 Juhan Sedman Experimental platform for DNA metabolism enzymes and large-scale production
UT experimental science project
2022 - 2023
21 Angela Ivask Surface Transfer of Pathogens (STOP) Horizon Europe (101057961) 01.09.2022 - 31.08.2026
22 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
23 Andres Ainelo
Mapping and analysis of the antiviral defense mechanisms of Pseudomonas putida
Estonian Research Council STP39 01.12.2023 - 30.11.2025
24 Maido Remm Liquid biopsy test for sepsis using microbial cell-free DNA sequencing RUP 01.10.2023 - 30.09.2026


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Estonian Academy of Sciences Foundation awarded scholarships to Ülo Reimaa and Angela Peeb

Doktoridiplomite kaaned Foto Andres Tennus

Doctoral defence: Kaspar Reier „Quantity, stability and disparity of ribosomal components in Escherichia coli stationary phase“


Guest seminar: Dr. Kalle Rytkönen "Transcriptomic and steroidomic studies of the uterine endometrium and decidua"