Each year, the Estonian Academy of Arts Department of Research and Development, in conjunction with the Tallinn City Enterprise Department, holds an Applied Research and Development Projects Competition aimed at motivating the Academy’s members to apply to a greater extent the results of their academic and research activity in the public, business and third sectors, raise the quality of the know-how provided by the Academy to companies and the public, and to raise public awareness of the application of the Academy’s knowhow in the economy and society.

The competition will determine the work with the most outstanding economic effects with regard to generating benefits to one or more companies or institution (800-euro prize), and the work with the most outstanding potential with regard to bettering social well-being and/or the living environment (800-euro prize). In addition, a special prize of 600 euros has been instituted. It can be awarded in either category to a worthy runner-up.

The members of this year’s competition jury are Jaanus Vahesalu of the Tallinn City Enterprise Department; Maria Jäärats and Kelli Turmann from the Estonian Academy of Arts Department of Research and Development; Sille Pihlak from the Faculty of Architecture; and a teacher from the Academy’s Design and Engineering speciality, Ruth-Helene Melioranski. Changes may be made to the jury members if the entries include work by any of their students.

The competition is well-suited to Academy of Arts students whose final thesis has attained applied output – where the result of the work may be commercialized or used in other organizations.

To enter a work in the competition, a completed form along with the additional materials specified on the form must be sent by email to by 

8 September 2017, the subject including the word “Competition” and the name of the author. The e-mail addresses of all who participated in the conducting the work must be included among the e-mail recipients.


The jury will review the materials and select a winner by 22 September 2017. The award for effect on business activity will be handed out at an award ceremony taking place at Tallinn Entrepreneurship Day in early October.

The competition is co-financed by the Tallinn Enterprise Department

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Posted by Kelli Turmann