Scientific research and experimental development projects implemented by the University’s researchers contribute to the country’s economic, social and cultural growth and use the latest scientific knowledge and inventions to solve the issues relevant to the society.
KTU is one of research, development and innovation (R&D&I) leaders in Lithuania. Each year it invests in research in breakthrough fields and aims to transfer the newly developed knowledge and technologies into studies and non-formal education. In this way KTU contributes to the knowledge-based welfare of the local community.
High international level researchers undertaking scientific research in the areas of physical sciences, biomedicine, technologies, social sciences and humanities are working at KTU laboratories. KTU researchers train and develop their potential by engaging in interdisciplinary research across different areas of science on international level.
In 2013 the Senate approved 5 R&D&I priority areas of the University’s research:
In 2018 the Senate has approved 5 KTU breakthrough areas of research and innovation:
The University’s main objective is to become one of 400 best research universities in the world by R&D&I achievements until 2020, to direct and to strengthen R&D&I activities to have considerable impact on Lithuanian and foreign society and business.
R&D&I strategy provides that in 2015 – 2020 the University is focused on the following areas:
The R&D&I Strategy is directly implemented by the University’s research institutes, faculties and other responsible units.
R&D&I operate on a devolved research basis based upon a Research Group (RG) structure. A RG (also called a research institute) is a group of researchers from the academic unit working together on a particular issue or topic. RG may be working in an established or emerging area of expertise for KTU. The RG structure evolves over time in response to changing priorities and opportunities. Each RG is led by Principal Researcher and has its own strategy which matched to the focused cutting-edge of contemporary science on a particular research topic or theme. Collaborative projects between groups are strongly encouraged seeking to stretch research boundaries and innovate towards finding new solutions to problems. More information on research groups can be found on the website of each research group.
All R&D&I infrastructure is assigned to Open Access Centre (OAC) and managed via R&D&I laboratory centres, laboratories of the science institutes, concentrating research equipment in the large formations to increase the efficiency of the infrastructure.
The annual R&D&I indicators and operational plans are prepared by the academic divisions and managers of the R&D&I technology transfer, approved by the University’s Rector; the Vice-Rector for Research is responsible for supervision of their implementation.
KTU provides high-quality R&D&I services and rent of equipment via Open Access Centre Information System (APCIS), which is a “one-stop-shop” for inquiries.
Composite and Finishing Materials Laboratory | Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture
Building Materials and Structures Research Centre | Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture
Building Physics Laboratory | Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture
Food Research Centre | Food Institute
Machinery Vibration and Acoustic Noise Level Testing Laboratory | Technological Systems Diagnostic Institute
The research conducted at KTU contributes to the dissemination of knowledge and development of technologies. In the area of health research KTU scientists explore the subjects of utmost importance for the public (nutrition, dietetics) on the level of exceptional excellence. The research results in the fields of chemistry, nano-science and technologies are of particular importance.
World-class research results of exceptional impact in the areas of public administration, microbiology, metrology and atmospheric sciences are continuously being published by KTU scientists.
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