European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) projects 2014-2020

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Benefits for Estonian Society from Space Research and Application

2016 - 2022     KOMEET       2014-2020.4.01.16-0029

Project duration:  01.01.2016-31.08.2022

Project budget: 591 620 EUR, ERF contribution  562 039 EUR

General objective of the project: Tartu Observatory's mission is to give benefits for Estonian society from space research and application.   The project will increase the research quality of Tartu Observatory and expand an international cooperation, which provides sustainability of space science and related business activities in Estonia.


Dark Side of the Universe

2016 - 2023     TK133           2014-2020.4.01.15-0004

Project duration: 01.01.2016 - 01.03.2023 

TO role in the project: partner

TO budget in the project: 1 206 711EUR, ERF contribution  1 146 376 EUR

Annotation: Recent measurements show that dark matter and dark energy yield 95% of the energy content of the Universe. Despite the extensive experimental effort, the nature, properties and origin of this dark sector remain concealed. The current paradigm portrays dark matter as a relic density of weakly interacting massive particles. Whereas the planned next generation dark matter direct and indirect detection experiments, as well as the LHC, may still validate this picture, it is necessary to prepare for possible different outcomes. In this new perspective, the dark sector may potentially be as complicated as the visible sector, consisting of different types of particles and governed by nontrivial dark interactions. This CER aims to explore the consequences of an interacting dark sector considering both conventional and nonconventional models of new physics, and studying its possible experimental signatures within particle physics, astroparticle physics and cosmology in an exhaustive way.

An automated information system for mowing detection

2016 - 2017   SATIKAS         171074 IT

Project duration: 31.05.2016−31.12.2017

Project budget: 440 385 EUR

Annotation: In the project an automated information system is developed, which will apply Copernicus Sentinel satellite data for mowing detection. As a result of the project the quality of the mowing requirement validation process will increase; the validation will be more objective and basis for solving disputes will be established; functionality for informing the applicants prior sanctions will be created; subsidy validation process time and money consumption will be reduced; payments for applicants, who violate the requirements, will be eliminated; the need for in situ inspections will be reduced as more checks will be carried out with remote sensing tools; satellite data based validation system platform will be created, where additional functionality could be added in the future (e.g. greening and crop rotation checks).