The Creation of National Open Source Scientific Communication Centre.

Contact person 
Monika Usevičiūtė
PE "Sunrise Valley"
Do you want to share an instrument/policy or a knowledge Transfer practice? 
Innovation instrument(policy)
What are the following keywords/priorities which better fit the instrument/policy?  
Research Infrastructures
Indicate the country from which the instrument (or policy) is 
What is the title/name of the instrument/policy? 
The Creation of National Open Source Scientific Communication Centre.
Indicate the target group/beneficiaries of the instrument/policy 
All companies
Business organisations (Chambers of Commerce…)
Consultancies and other private service providers (non-profit)
Higher educations institutions research units/centres
New technology based firms/new knowledge intensive service firms
Other non-profit research organizations (not HEI)
What is the aim/objective? 
The measure aims to contribute to the task of strengthening public and private R&D infrastructure, as foreseen in the Operational Programme for Economy Growth 2007-2013. Specifically, the aim of the measure is to develop the National Open Source Scientific Communication and Information Centre. The activities supported under the measure are related to the creation and development of the centre, namely: the construction, reconstruction of the centre facilities, acquisition of equipment and development of information infrastructure. The budget of the measure is about €29m. It is administered by the Central Project Management Agency (CPVA). The measure was launched by the Ministry of Education and Science (ŠMM). The single project funded by this measure is implemented by Vilnius University. Funding is allocated according to the procedure of State planning - there is no competition as the project was planned in advance. By January 2012, 48% of the total funds were allocated to the project implementing institution (Vilnius University).
Give an overview of the instrument 
Competitiveness of the economy on an international scale and economic growth are directly related to public and business investments in high-quality R&D. However, in Lithuania at present both capacities and infrastructure of R&D (in both public and private sectors) are in an unsatisfactory state, while research as a knowledge-intensive service is obscure to most businesses of the local industry and other sectors. Low innovativeness of the Lithuanian economy is mainly caused by insufficient investments in R&D, in particular in the private sector, relatively small share of high and medium-high technologies in the economy, low rates of formation of new technology businesses and businesses splitting from universities, research organisations or researcher groups, very small number of researchers employed by businesses, low efficiency of R&D by the public sector, insufficiently close cooperation between business and research in the area of R&D and other factors. Furthermore, outdated R&D facilities are not attractive for the country’s scientists, in particular for young people to continue work in Lithuania, hinder attraction of scientists with highest qualifications from other EU Member States (including Lithuanians working abroad) as well as of international high-tech companies and research centres. However, the task complexity is increased because of the low awareness of R&D knowledge available at public institution for the potential business use. The limited R&D resources are wasted because of the abscence of information on the research groups and research activities performed through more than 30 higher education and R&D establishments of the country. Therefore the integrated scientific information system is needed in order to increase availability of public research results for R&D institutions and businesses.
What is the date of creation of this instrument? 
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Is the instrument/policy still active? 
What is the co-financing/maximum rate allowed by the instrument/policy (if appl.)? 
Is this instrument/policy linked to a KT practice?