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Agreement signed – implementation of mission-driven science and innovation programmes begins

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2024 01 04

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On 29 December 2023, the Innovation Agency signed an Implementation Agreement for the project "Implementation of Mission-Based Science and Innovation Programmes" with the Central Project Management Agency. Under the agreement, three selected consortia of science and business representatives will implement science and innovation programmes that address pressing societal challenges. Earlier in December, the Minister of the Economy and Innovation, Aušrinė Armonaitė, signed an order to allocate funding.

The mission-based science and innovation programmes will be implemented under three themes: the Vilnius University consortium will contribute to health innovation, the Vilnius TECH consortium will contribute to the growth of a smart and climate-neutral Lithuania, and the Kaunas University of Technology consortium will address the issues of a safe and inclusive e-society. The mission themes will establish 3 Centres of Excellence to develop innovative products and services in collaboration between science and business.

"Mission-driven science and innovation programmes have been launched, which will be a major boost to the country's economy and create more opportunities for society. 3 Centres of Excellence will be set up to carry out advanced research and experimental development projects and develop innovative products. This synergy between science and business is a new stage of progress that will increase Lithuania's competitiveness in the region," said A. Armonaitė, Minister of the Economy and Innovation.

The total value of the three projects is €94.7 million. The majority of this amount - €88.46 million - will be financed by the European Economic Recovery and Resilience Plan and the budget of the Republic of Lithuania. 

"We have laid the foundations for a complex and very meaningful path of joint work between science and business - missions that address challenges of relevance to Lithuania. The established Centres of Excellence will strengthen the country's entire innovation ecosystem and boost Lithuania's transformation into a high value-added economy," said Neringa Morozaitė-Rasmussen, Deputy Minister of the Economy and Innovation. 

The solutions developed during the missions should reach the market within three years - by April 2026.

More information on consortia:

The project will be implemented by a consortium of 8 members: the Vilnius University, the Centre of Physical Sciences and Technology, Vilnius University Hospital Santaros klinikos, UAB Femtika, UAB Droplet Genomics, UAB Caszyme, UAB Biomapas, and UAB Vugene.

The Smart and Climate Neutral Lithuania project will be implemented by a consortium of 14 members: VILNIUS TECH, KTU, UAB SG dujos Auto, UAB Arginta, UAB 3D Creative, UAB Ekobazė, UAB Provectus redivivus, AB Kelių priežiūra, UAB Soli Tek R&D, UAB Nanoversa, the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists, the Saulėtekis valley Science and Technology Park, Kaunas Science and Technology Park, and the Lithuanian Innovation Centre. 

The project of safe and inclusive e-society will be implemented by a consortium consisting of 12 members: KTU, VILNIUS TECH, Mykolas Romeris University, UAB Devslate Group, UAB Elsis PRO, UAB Transcendent Group Baltics, UAB Getweb, UAB Acrux cyber services, UAB NRD CS, UAB NRD Cyber Security, Public Institution Lithuanian Cybercrime Competence, Research and Education Centre, Association Infobalt, and Public Institution Baltic Institute of Advanced Technologies.