Lithuania Horizon2020 country profile review

Area: Review

Topic: Lithuania Horizon2020 country profile review

Author: Project development expert Božena Kareivė

Horizon 2020 (H2020), European Union's (EU) largest research and innovation funding program for 2014-2020, is coming to the end. The program, which main objective is to create a knowledge and innovation society as well as to contribute to the implementation of Europe 2020 and the development of the European Research Area, will end together with 2014-2020 funding period. This program is the EU's funding period for general research and innovation, extending the activities of the 7th Framework Program (FP7) and will be followed by another funding period called the European Horizon. The seven-year H2020 program has provided more than € 80 billion in funding of the European Commission (EC), not counting the private and national public investment these funds should attract.

Thus, as the H2020 program comes to the end, we want to review the results of Lithuania's participation in the program. Statistics of Lithuania for the 4th quarter of 2019 are provided further:

  • Lithuanian authorities participated in the submission of 2,500 applications for the H2020 program (applications that passed the eligibility assessment);
  • 464 participants from Lithuania were included in the list of eligible applications, of which Lithuanian representatives are coordinators in 68 projects (the success rate of coordinators is about 8.5%);
  • Budget of Lithuanian participants in projects - € 78.569 million. Of which €68.89 million for the EC grant. On average, one participant has received € 184.8 thousand EC grant;
  • The highest funding for H2020 was received by: Kaunas University of Technology (€8.5 million) - 35 projects; Vilnius University (€ 7.1 million) - 29 projects; UAB Nanoavionika (€ 2.9 million) - 3 projects;
  • Success rate by number of participations - 12.98%, and by EC funds - 8.29%;
  • Lithuania has the largest number of partnerships in H2020 projects with Germany (813), France (765), Italy (709), Spain (614) and Great Britain (487);
  • Among neighboring countries, most partnerships are with Poland (219), significantly less with Latvia (102) and Estonia (97);
  • 95 SME participants (0.08% of all H2020 participants), of which 56 are unique (EC grant: € 20.1 million);
  • Number of Lithuanian experts evaluating H2020 applications - 232, of which 43.9% are women;

According to the H2020 participation rating, Lithuania is in the 25th place among the EU28 countries, and according to received H2020 funds - in the 27th place. In order to encourage the participation of Lithuanian institutions in the H2020 program, additional tools have been developed for organizations:

  • Support for research and study institutions that have prepared H2020 applications – from € 3 to 10 thousand. from Research Council of Lithuania;
  • Support for research and study institutions in order to purchase consulting services for preparation of H2020 applications - up to € 20 thousand from Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports;
  • Support for companies that prepared H2020 applications – from € 1 to 15 thousand from Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology and the Ministry of Economy and Innovation;
  • Assistance to companies in preparing applications under the measure InoSpurtas (coordinated by Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology);
  • Individual R&D H2020 for the implementation of Marie Skłodowska Curie (MSC) and European Science Council projects is allocated to research and study institutions (applicants) - on average € 130- 190 thousand for 1 MSC project from Research Council of Lithuania and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports;
  • Costs of the company's participation in the events of the H2020 program - up to € 1 thousand. EUR (one trip) from Agency for Science, Innovation and the Ministry of Economy and Innovation;
  • LINO LT project - LINO research office in Brussels (Liaison office): support for outgoing and incoming researchers, professional development of research managers, events;
  • Baltic Bonus € 1 thousand support to reimburse the costs of preparing the application if the project has at least one partner from Latvia or Estonia.

Please note that H2020 participation statistics are also published and publicly available on the H2020 funding and tendering portal. We hope that in the new funding period, Lithuanian institutions will become more actively involved in projects of the European Horizon program, both by submitting applications and joining international consortia.



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