The Specific Support to Lithuania focused on an assessment of the current situation, an identification of the policy levers to be used and concrete recommendations (policy and implementation schemes level) to tackle the key barriers in relation to science-business cooperation and attraction of innovation-oriented FDI.
This is the Lithuanian translation of the executive summary of the Specific Support to Lithuania final report.
This is the final report of the PSF Specific Support to the Lithuanian Government on how to strengthen, attract and assist science-business cooperation and innovation-oriented foreign direct investment (FDI). The study was carried out by an expert panel of four independent experts, from January to September 2017 - including two missions to Vilnius to consult with stakeholders. The key recommendations are for a more balanced policy mix to address the “gaps and inconsistencies” holding back wider-scale science-business cooperation, and a range of options to help attract a more diverse range of innovation-oriented FDI.
This report provides the background to the PSF Specific Support to Lithuania, conducted in 2017 by an international panel of independent experts. It includes an overview of the main facts and figures in relation to the two focus areas and of the current public policies, legislations, strategies and/or concrete initiatives/measures related to these topics.
Public policies and measures to support business research and innovation (R&I) were the focus of the kick-off meeting of this Specific Support action requested by Lithuania. These included efforts from the public and private sectors to foster cooperation between the public science base and businesses and to attract R&I-oriented foreign direct investment (FDI). Discussions between Lithuanian authorities and the PSF panel of experts covered bottlenecks, past and existing incentives as well as expectations for the future in research and innovation field in Lithuania. In addition, participants agreed on the scope, expected outcomes, timetables, work plan and distribution of tasks for the support action – including the first and second country visits, stakeholders to be invited, topics and main issues to address, etc.
This first country visit focused on meeting the key stakeholders in Lithuania’s research and innovation (R&I) system, including representatives of public sector organisations, universities, clusters, high-tech as well as traditional industry companies and others. It aimed to assess the current situation, so as to arrive at draft recommendations on how to tackle the key barriers in relation to science-business cooperation and attraction of innovation oriented foreign direct investment (FDI). The visit took place in the framework of the Specific Support action requested by Lithuania, focusing on public policies and measures to support business R&I.
In this meeting the expert panel reviewed the draft report and discussed the issues to be addressed during their second visit to Lithuania. This included identifying the stakeholders in Lithuania’s research and innovation (R&I) system that they should meet, such as representatives of public sector organisations, universities, clusters, and businesses. In addition, discussions focused on the next version of the report and some preliminary proposals for recommendations. The meeting took place in the framework of the Specific Support action requested by Lithuania on how to tackle the key barriers that affect science-business cooperation and innovation-oriented foreign direct investment (FDI).
Based on background information and the outcomes of the discussions held during the first country visit to Lithuania, the international panel of experts worked on their findings and formulated their first reflections and recommendations. During their second visit to Lithuania, they discussed these findings with a select group of actors in Lithuania’s research and innovation (R&I) system who are interested and involved in the two topics: cooperation between the public science base and business, and attraction of innovation-related foreign direct investment (FDI). In addition, the experts met stakeholders from science and innovation policy, including the relevant ministries, implementing agencies and representatives from the research and business worlds.
At the final meeting of the PSF Specific Support to Lithuania, the results and recommendations were presented to stakeholders and the Lithuanian research and innovation community. Recommendations covered strengthening the foundations of the R&I system, business-science cooperation and attracting innovative foreign direct investment (FDI).