KTU has a long successful experience in the implementation of science and innovation projects which ensures the quality of project’s implementation, management and administration processes. About 1000 academic employees who work in research groups in 9 faculties and 8 research institutes carry out scientific activities at KTU.
The list of projects implemented by KTU can be found on this link: list of projects.
KTU intensively aims to develop R&D&I activities, institutional cooperation at national and international level.
Research and innovations activities are coordinated by KTU Research and Innovation Projects Centre.
The aim of the Research and Innovation Projects Centre is to ensure the quality of project’s preparation and administration processes that are carried out by academic units as well as to develop appropriate competences in order to compete successfully for financing for R&D&I activities in Lithuania, the European Union and beyond.
The team of the Research and Innovation Projects Centre assist researchers to find the most suitable international or national funding program for R&D&I activities, to prepare a proposal for science projects, to administer implemented projects, to represent interests of KTU in other organizations in order to expand potential international relations in project activities.
External financing opportunities for development of R&D&I activities projects
For development of international projects of R&D&I activities
Horizon Europe is the 7-year EU’s funding program for research and innovation. The aim of the program is to ensure the competitiveness and leadership of the EU’s research and innovation activities. The program tackles global challenges, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals also creates jobs, boosts economic growth, promotes industrial competitiveness and optimises investment impact. The program consists of three main areas:
• Pillar 1 Excellence Science ( ERC, MSCA, Research Infrastrutures);
• Pillar 2 Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness;
• Pillar 3 Innovative Europe (EIC, EIT, EIE).
The part of the program “Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area” aims to reduce disparities of research and innovation activities between all European countries.
Calls for proposals are published here. For more information about Horizon Europe visit: Research Council of Lithuania website, Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology website European Commission website.
The new EU funding program Digital Europe aims to strengthen the EU’s key digital capabilities focusing on artificial intelligence, cyber security, supercomputing, advanced digital skills and wise use of digital technologies across the economy and society. The program will also promote the digital transformation of EU’s industry in ecosystems and aim to close the gap between digital technology research and market uptake.
Calls for proposals are published here. For more information about Digital Europe visit: European Commission website.
Research Council of Lithuania
Research Council of Lithuania initiates and finances cross-border programs (bilateral, tripartite). Participation in these cross-border programs enables high-level institutions from different countries (Lithuania-Poland; Lithuania-Ukraine;Lithuania-Latvia-Taiwan; Lithuania-France; Lithuania-Japan) to cooperate, to share experience and implement R&D&I activities jointly. Innovative networks are also created through cooperation.
Calls for proposals are published here. For more information about cross-border programs visit: Research Council of Lithuania website.
COST program is European cooperation program in science and technology (European Cooperation Program in Science and Technology). The aim of the program is to coordinate national-funded research activities, to support European researchers to generate and implement new ideas and initiatives in all areas of research, including social and human sciences. COST is implemented through high-quality international networks – COST activities.
Calls for proposals are published on Research Council of Lithuania website and COST website. For more information about COST program visit: Research Council of Lithuania website and COST website.
The aim of the M-era.NET program is to implement materials science research at the national and regional levels in collaboration with other research funding institutions in 28 countries that unite the M-era.Net network.
Calls for proposals are published on Research Council of Lithuania website. For more information about M-era.NET program visit Research Council of Lithuania website.
Interreg Europe is a cooperation program that is co-funded by the EU. The aim of this program is to contribute to reducing disparities of development, growth and quality of life in and across Europe’s regions. The program aims to create an environment and opportunities for sharing solutions to regional development issues among European regions in 29 countries – the EU27, Norway and Switzerland.
Calls for proposals are published on Interreg Europe website. For more information about Interreg Europe visit the website.
EUREKA / EUROSTARS
EUREKA is intended to finance the implementation of market-oriented research-business R&D projects under the international network of Eureka Member States.
EUROSTARS is an international program that finances R&D projects carried out by SMEs and supports R&D projects that develop innovative products, processes or services for commercialization in the international market.
Calls for proposals are published on Eureka website. For more information about EUREKA/EUROSTARS programs visit Eureka website.
Other opportunities for international financing:
- Funding of the European Space Agency
- Funding of EEA and Norway Grants
- Funding of NordForsk program
For development of national projects of R&D&I activities
Financial support for R&D&I activities of Research Council of Lithuania. Research Council of Lithuania is one of the key financing institutions for implementation of scientific activities and projects at the national level. Financial instruments give opportunity for researchers to implement research activities on their proposed topics, to participate in national programs by implementing scientific projects, to implement other scientific activities such as organizing scientific events and visits. More information about funding tools of Research Council of Lithuania can be found here. Calls for proposals are available here.
Financial support for R&D&I activities of Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology. Financial instruments administered by this agency give opportunity for researchers to develop innovative products based on the results of R&D&I activities, to patent inventions and register designs by strengthening the protection of intellectual property rights, to carry out other research, development and innovation activities. More information about financial instruments administered by Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology can be found here. Calls for proposals are published here.
Financial support for R&D&I activities of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania. By implementing national R&D&I activities program for agriculture, food, fisheries and rural development, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania provides financial support of targeted research and development activities. More information about financial support for R&D&I activities can be found here and here.
The Lithuanian Academy of Sciences organizes awards and scholarships to young scientists. Each year it also invites to apply for cooperation projects with the European Nuclear Research Organization (CERN). More information can be found here.
There are opportunities to implement projects funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture. More information can be found here.
Useful up-to-date information for KTU researchers about implementation of R&D&I activities and projects, relevant documents and relevant calls for proposals, conferences or other events is published on KTU intranet:
in section ”Research calls and actual information” or in section “Documents”.
Institutional funding for R&D&I activities
Promoting the cooperation among researchers of Kaunas University of Technologies, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Vytautas Magnus University and Lithuanian Energy Institute, training the competence of young researchers, developing interdisciplinary research activities, following competitions are published annually:
- Kaunas University of Technologies, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Vytautas Magnus University and Lithuanian Energy Institute research projects;
- Projects for target groups (young researchers, research groups) or in KTU priority research fields (artificial intelligence, etc.).
The calls for project proposals are launched annually in February. Projects start in April. The end of such projects is on December 31.
Results of projects are presented at annual reporting conferences of project promoters.
The competitions are coordinated by KTU Department of Research Affairs.