Swiss-Lithuanian Research Programme

Project completed

Switzerland strengthens with this programme the Lithuanian research sector – and thus as well Lithuania's competitiveness. This will be reached with joint Lithuanian – Swiss research projects and mutually organized scientific conferences and seminars in the thematic fields of natural, environmental, health and life sciences. 

  

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Lithuania
Promoting economic growth and improving working conditions
Research and Development
01.08.2010 - 31.05.2017
CHF 9'052'000

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Background

A World Bank study shows that Lithuania has strong foundations to be a knowledge-based economy. However, Lithuania faces problems in the Research & Development (R&D) sector in terms of governance, structure, management and regulation. Cooperation between R&D institutions and business as well as international integration need to be enhanced. Therefore, in 2009 a new Law on Science and Studies was approved aiming at modernizing the R&D system. Furthermore, it was decided in 2007 to develop five R&D clusters in Lithuania integrating studies, science and business. This programme offers an opportunity for Swiss and Lithuanian research institutions to cooperate for mutual benefit.

Objectives

The programme strengthens the research and development sector in Lithuania and at accelerates its integration into the international research area. This is reached by supporting research cooperation between Switzerland and Lithuania in natural, environmental and health / life sciences.

Target groups

Research teams; educational and science institutions. 

Activities

Thanks to this programme, Lithuanian and Swiss research institutions respectively teams will on the basis of an open call for proposals carry out joint research projects and mutually organized scientific events (such as conferences, seminars) in the thematic fields of environmental, health/life and natural sciences.

Results

Achieved results:  

  • 11 Swiss-Lithuanian research partnership projects are being implemented.
  • A second call resulted in the selection of 9 additional projects.
  • Programme’s early results have been presented in 24 international conferences, 22 international workshops and have created 26 scientific publications.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • National State Institute North


Other partners

  

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   9'052'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   8'749'422
Project phases

Phase 1 01.08.2010 - 31.05.2017   (Completed)