The Synergies with Research and Innovation Funds: Stairway to Excellence

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The development of national/regional research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) leads regions from targeted Member States to identify a limited number of research areas and industrial activities with high innovation potential – to be reinforced and developed using European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and thus becoming more competitive in Horizon2020 calls. Supporting synergies between funding sources (also including COSME, ERASMUS+, Creative Europe etc.) will deliver additional gains in terms of innovation results, close the innovation gap in Europe and promote economic growth.

The "Stairway to Excellence" European Commission Project is centred on:

  • The provision of assistance to Member States (MS) who joined the European Union since 2004 with the aim of closing the innovation gap, promoting excellence in all regions and EU MS;
  • Stimulating the early and effective implementation of national and regional Smart Specialisation Strategies.

Objectives of the Event

The principal objectives of this national event are:

  • A better understanding of the Lithuanian national (and regional) innovation ecosystem(s) with a special emphasis on the identification of obstacles, barriers and potentials to innovation.
  • Raising awareness of the actions needed to enable synergies between different EU funding programmes for research and innovation.
  • Sharing experiences in combining Structural Funds and Framework Programme to improve excellence in R&I systems.
  • Drawing lessons for the future and identifying follow-up actions to enhance the potential synergies between different EU funds in the MS.

Who should attend?

  • Planned Participants: 70-80 people
  • Lithuanian National and Regional Managing Authorities.
  • Lithuanian National Contact Points from the past Framework Programmes and Horizon 2020 and other EU-funded programmes.
  • Lithuanian National and Regional authorities in charge of smart specialisation strategies.
  • Members of the Horizon 2020 programme committee.
  • Selected national and international experts on EU funding programmes and regional policy.
  • Selected representatives from businesses, universities, research centres and any other organization with experience and/or interest in EU-funded programmes.


EUROPEAN COMMISSION, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre (S3 Platform), Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA).


09:00 – 09:30

Registration & coffee


09:30 – 10:30

(60 minutes)

Session 1: Welcome Address

This plenary session includes welcoming and initial information on:

  • DG REGIO activities and the Project S2E run by the JRC-IPTS.
  • Identification of synergies between different funding instruments and basic implementation tools.
  • Expectations of Lithuanian national and regional authorities from the current funding programmes.

Moderator: Ieva CERNIUTE (DG REGIO)

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break


11:00 – 12:30

(90 minutes)

Session 2: Reviews on Existing Lithuanian R&I Cooperation and Barriers and Motivations of Prospect Collaborations

This plenary section will highlight the existing national and regional profiles of Lithuania in relation to the FP participation and national/regional R&I structure. It will also provide a brief mapping of the innovation ecosystem in Lithuania. 

Moderator: Nida Kamil Ozbolat (DG JRC)

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch Break


13:30 –  16:30

(180 minutes)

Session 3: Synergies in Practice

This participatory session will start with inputs from invited European regions. After the introductory part, parallel round table discussions will be organised.

Moderator: Gérard Carat (DG JRC)


16:30 – 17:30

(60 minutes)

Session 4: Conclusions and ways forward

This final session will present the reflections on the issues raised and discussed during the national event.

  • A way forward: Lessons learnt & concluding remarks – Building on the previous session, the rapporteurs of the round tables will present the main outcome of the discussion. (5 minutes presentation by table)
  • Concluding remarks, follow-up mechanisms and ways forward
    • Katja Reppel (DG REGIO)
    • Jurgita Petrauskienė (MOSTA)
    • Andrea Conte (DG JRC)


Registration is closed. Thank you for your interest.


Lithuanian Academy of Sciences - Gedimino 3, LT-01103 Vilnius


Ramojus Reimeris

Ramojus Reimeris

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Monika Sereicikaite

Monika Sereičikaitė

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