Strengthening of the General Science and Studies infrastructure

Contact person 
Monika Usevičiūtė
Institution 
PE "Sunrise Valley"
E-mail 
monika.useviciute@sunrisevalley.lt
Country 
Lithuania
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?  
Policy measures concerning excellence, relevance and management of research in Universities
Indicate the country from which the instrument (or policy) is 
Lithuania
What is the title/name of the instrument/policy? 
Strengthening of the General Science and Studies infrastructure
Indicate the target group/beneficiaries of the instrument/policy 
Higher education institutions (education function)
Higher educations institutions research units/centres
Other
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 support the creation and development of R&D infrastructures, needed for the R&D project implementation in the Integrated Science, Study and Business Valleys (Lithuanian Republic Government Decision No 321, 21st March, 2007) and implementation of the National Complex Programmes. The activities supported under the measure are the development of the R&D infrastructure, required by the R&D intensive economy sectors, and the development, renewal, optimisation and restructuring of general, technological and IT infrastructure of R&D activities. Overall budget of the measure is €276m. The measure is administered by the Central Project Management Agency (CPVA). Eligible applicants (research and higher education institutions, other public entities) can apply for grants following the State planning procedure. By January 2012, about 80% of total budget was reserved for selected projects, about 19% of total budget was allocated for projects implementation (data of www.esparama.lt).
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, insufficient focus of researchers; on the needs of the economy, 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. Public R&D infrastructure will provide a basis both for strategic and applied research having direct positive impact upon competitiveness of the economy. This is the main aim of its development but it could also be related to the development of studies in the cases where research centres will use the existing facilities also for the training or skills improvement of researchers (persons engaged in master, doctoral etc. studies) as equipment and facilities are required both for conducting of modern research and for the training and skills improvement of high-competence researchers in line with the needs of business and the State.
What is the date of creation of this instrument? 
Thursday, July 20, 2000
Is the instrument/policy still active? 
Active
Identify the main outputs/results (quantitative and qualitative) of the implementation of this instrument 
The activities supported under the measure are the development of the R&D infrastructure, required by the R&D intensive economy sectors, and the development, renewal, optimisation and restructuring of general, technological and IT infrastructure of R&D activities. Ex-ante indicators set for the measure (at the end of the period 2015), defined as a result and product indicators are as follows. Result indicators: - Number of created and operating R&D centres – 17; - Total number of work places in R&D – 610; - Number of partnership agreements signed between the R&D institutions and SMEs – 95; - Number of created, renewed and/or equipped educational laboratories (audiences) – 32; - Number of created, renewed and/or equipped scientific laboratories – 32. Product indicators: - Number of R&D infrastructure development projects implemented – 30.
What is the co-financing/maximum rate allowed by the instrument/policy (if appl.)? 
276000000
Is this instrument/policy linked to a KT practice? 
No