In October 2019 the European Commission’s Directorate General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM) commissioned EFIS Centre and Visionary Analytics to provide guidance to the Ministry of Economy and Innovation as well as other relevant national stakeholders for the design and implementation of R&D programmes aimed to improve and stimulate business-science cooperation.
A particular focus was given to the R&D activities in the engineering (including laser technologies), food industry, life sciences industry, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sectors. The beneficiaries were also keen to get some guidance for the drafting of the National Science and Technology Programmes and learn how to support pre-commercial and innovation public procurement.
The project kicked off in December 2019, included a contextual review of the barriers and drivers for business-science cooperation in four sectors in Lithuania, an analysis of practice of business-science cooperation and STI policy development in Ireland, Sweden and the Netherlands, and three workshops with the Lithuanian stakeholders. The project concluded with the final dissemination event on 8 December 2020.