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
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.


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.


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. 


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.


Achieved results:  

  • 11 Swiss-Lithuanian research projects and 9 institutional partnership sub-projects were carried out
  • In total 20 projects were completed successfully
  • Researcher could participate at 146 scientific events
  • 90 scientific articles were published
  • 1 patent application
  • 20 PhD degrees were obtained
  • Projects created new partnerships between Swiss and Lithuanian researchers


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)