Open R&D Lithuania represents the largest network of excellence of innovation infrastructures, services and competencies within the Baltic States.
Five integrated science, research and business centres (valleys) have been developed in last decades in Lithuania (for example, Sunrise Valley in 2003, Santaka Valley in 2014). Valleys specialize in a number of scientific research fields and involve main Lithuanian research institutions. All these institutions united their high-level R&D intellectual potential, infrastructure and resources in order to provide scientifically based solutions to the problems raised by business and society. Concentration of resources allows to create new technologies and products as well as provide R&D services and so to increase competitiveness of all involved partners.
Later the cooperation platform “Open R&D Lithuania” was created connecting 12 Lithuanian universities, 13 public research institutes as well as 7 science and technology parks. Through this platform they have united their respective R&D intellectual potential, infrastructure and resources in order to provide scientifically based solutions to problems raised by both businesses and society. Collectively the network is able to offer over 2.500 services for scientific research and experimental R&D.
The main stakeholders of this platform: research institutions of Lithuania and Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA).
The beneficiaries of this practice:
- research institutions of Lithuania;
- other organisations from abroad searching for R&D partner in Lithuania.

Resources needed

The Open R&D Lithuania network brand was created in 2014 to showcase the country’s scientific potential on the national and international scale. Further support came in 2015, when a budget of 2.1 million euro of the European Social Fund was allocated to enhance the Open R&D Lithuania platform.

Evidence of success

The platform has been able to attract huge interest from abroad and has resulted in business contacts in China, Israel, the USA, Germany, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. This international attraction has resulted in over 80 targeted visits and meetings with potential partners amongst which are some of the largest international companies such as Siemens, IBM and Microsoft. Between 2013 and 2015 alone, the R&D centres provided 56 services to customers generating 11 million eur in income.

Difficulties encountered

Challenges:
– Supporting businesses in R&D projects;
– Covering operational costs of equipment.
Lithuania is a small Member State within the EU, nevertheless is holds a vast amount of opportunities for businesses, R&D and scientific experimentation.

Potential for learning or transfer

Similar network can be initiated and created in other countries connecting various R&D players across the country and also operating as a one-stop-shop, enabling customers to contact the network directly with a specific query enabling the network to find researchers or scientists from different fields who may be able to support the customers in meeting their needs.
Initiators should aim to create a platform which is easy and practical to use by businesses. This platform can serve as the main access point to R&D infrastructures, Universities and Research Institutes which are all able to promote their facilities and know-how.
Main institution
Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA)
Location
Lietuva, Lithuania (Lietuva)
Start Date
June 2014
End Date
Ongoing

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