International cooperation

Updated: 2019 02 22

European Union R&D policy

Horizon 2020

Lithuania's position concerning the European Union's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 is represented by national representatives and experts of the programme committees and National Contact Points.The European Commission has developed a national contact points (called National Contact Points - NCPs) network covering the whole of the European Union Member States, as well as the associated countries. The NCPs systems of the countries consist of the Horizon 2020 thematic NCPs that provide expert assistance to programme participants. The list of the Lithuanian National Contact Points in Horizon 2020 can be accessed here.

The contacts of Lithuanian representatives and experts of the Horizon 2020 Committees are here.

Measures to promote participation in the Horizon 2020 programme projects

In order to encourage institutions to actively participate in the Horizon 2020 programme projects, Lithuania has initiated the following measures:

· The Research Council of Lithuania provides support to higher education and research institutions that have prepared applications of the Horizon 2020 projects. The Support (depends on the applicant's role in the Horizon 2020 proposal, on the presentation of the application and its evaluation results – funds from 579 EUR up to 5792 EUR may be allocated. Funding intensity can be up to 100 percent of the cost financing requested.

· In order to promote cooperation between the three Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) to participate in joint projects of Horizon 2020, a "Baltic Bonus" scheme has been created. The "Baltic Bonus" scheme is based on the condition that the projects shall include a partner from at least one other Baltic country. On fulfilling the condition, the representatives of the parties shall receive a pecuniary incentive of 1000 EUR . From Lithuania’s side, the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology is the administrator of this national support scheme.

· In order to equip scientists and researchers from the academic and business sectors, also research managers, with the skills required to initiate and manage international R&D projects, the TYKU2 measure has been launched. The key activities are: training (for preparing Horizon 2020 applications) and international events (information days, partner search, consortia partner meetings, the European technology platforms, the joint programming initiatives, etc..);  TYKU2  is managed by the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology, – with the Research Council of Lithuania as partner.

· A measure has been created  in order to encourage enterprises and public institutions providing innovation support services (with the exception of higher education and research institutions) to participate in H2020 projects. Flat rate financing is applied depending on the applicant's contribution to the preparation of the application and the  application assessment results. Funds from EUR 750 to 7000 EUR may be allocated. In projects involving partners from at least one of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland), Israel or Japan, additional funding (the maximum amount of which is EUR 1000) may be allocated; funding intensity can be up to 100 percent of the costs claimed. The measure is managed by the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology.

LINO office is a part of EU structural funds project „The internationalisation of Lithuanian research – the development of RDI links (LINO-LT)“ financed through the specific measure dedicated to strengthening the researchers capacities 2016-2020. The project is implemented by the Research Council of Lithuania. The project also provides financial support for:
• Participation of Lithuanian researchers in meetings with potential partners, info-days, brokerage events, consultation events,
• Targeted foreign researchers visits to Lithuanian research institutions,
• Short-term missions of research managers.
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