ERKC

Energy Research Knowledge Centre

Lithuania

Research themes and prioritisation

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The energy sector is an important part of Lithuania’s economy and a significant factor in determining the economic growth of the country.

The main research areas funded by the Lithuanian government include the development of planning methods for the energy sector; the safety and reliability of power plants and their impact on the environment; efficient use of energy; and renewable energy sources. Priorities for future research include thermal physics; fluid mechanics and metrology; simulation of complex systems; development of new control methods; the effects of ageing on construction materials used in the energy sector; development of new multifunctional materials; and combustion and plasma processes to save fuel, reduce environmental pollution and improve incinerator performance.

Organisation of research

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Lithuanian research and innovation policies are set by the Lithuanian parliament and the government. The Lithuanian Research Council (LMT) serves as an advisory body and competitive funding agency for energy research.


Figure 1: Organisational structure of energy research in Lithuania.

Programmes and budgets

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Budget overview

Figures for the annual amount spent on national energy research are not available. Total spending through the national research programme from 2010 to 2013 was €5.8 million.

Table 1: The main energy research programmes in Lithuania.

Programmes and initiatives

National Research Programme ‘Future Energy’

Nacionalinė mokslo programa ‘Ateities energetika’

This programme seeks to solve the most significant problems regarding Lithuania’s energy security, energy efficiency and future energy production, including the development of appropriate technologies. The main objectives of the programme include the development and study of models for energy security and the energy system in Lithuania and the development of a scientific basis for future energy production, supply, and efficient consumption.

National govermment departments

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Ministry of Energy (ENMIN)

Lietuvos Respublikos Energetikos Ministerija

The vision of the Energy Ministry is to guarantee long-term energy security and energy sector competitiveness. The Ministry aims to reduce the country’s dependence on its single external energy supplier by increasing local energy production, establishing alternative supplies, and fostering development of renewable energy sources.

Ministry of Education and Science

Lietuvos Respublikos Švietimo ir Mokslo ministerija

Goals and objectives of the Ministry of Education and Science:

  • To implement the national system of formal and non-formal education which secures social attitudes in favour of education and creates conditions for lifelong learning in a changing democratic society;
  • To implement the state policy of science and studies in accordance with the Law on Science and Studies and other legal acts; to coordinate the activity of Lithuanian institutions of science and studies, etc.

National research programme management agencies

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Research Council of Lithuania (LMT)

Lietuvos Mokslo Taryba

The mission of the Research Council of Lithuania is to create and develop a science and research system that serves the interests and demands of Lithuania’s knowledge society while also being integrated with European science, higher education and R&D.

Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology

Mokslo, Inovacijų ir Technologijų Agentūra (MITA)

Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) is the main governmental institution, responsible for implementation of innovation policy in Lithuania. Briefly, it is a national innovation agency.

MITA provides free of charge services for clients from business, science and public sectors, interested in possibilities to develop strong cooperation relations with international partners and get financial support for research and innovation projects.

The main activity is the coordination of national (high-tech, industrial biotechnology) and international programmes (FP7, EUREKA, EUROSTARS, CIP) of research, technological development and innovation and other financial schemes (innovation vouchers, protection of industrial property rights). MITA provides national financial support for projects participants.

MITA also promotes business and science cooperation, commercialization of research and protection of intellectual property rights.

Funding organisations at national level

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Research Council of Lithuania (LMT)

Lietuvos Mokslo Taryba

The mission of the Research Council of Lithuania is to create and develop a science and research system that serves the interests and demands of Lithuania’s knowledge society while also being integrated with European science, higher education and R&D.

Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology

Mokslo, Inovacijų ir Technologijų Agentūra (MITA)

Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) is the main governmental institution, responsible for implementation of innovation policy in Lithuania. Briefly, it is a national innovation agency.

MITA provides free of charge services for clients from business, science and public sectors, interested in possibilities to develop strong cooperation relations with international partners and get financial support for research and innovation projects.

The main activity is the coordination of national (high-tech, industrial biotechnology) and international programmes (FP7, EUREKA, EUROSTARS, CIP) of research, technological development and innovation and other financial schemes (innovation vouchers, protection of industrial property rights). MITA provides national financial support for projects participants.

MITA also promotes business and science cooperation, commercialization of research and protection of intellectual property rights.