The Lithuanian–Ukrainian Cooperation Programme in the Fields of Research and Technologies aims to stimulate and develop bilateral cooperation between Lithuania and Ukraine in the area of research and development, according to the bilateral collaboration agreement signed in 1993. The Programme is approved every five years. Last agreement on the new period was signed on 21 November 2011.
The Programme provides funding for mobility visits (no longer than 1 month), seminars and other research events as well as preparation of collaborative research papers. Researchers or their groups, research institutions are eligible to apply for funding. The Programme is co-funded by both participating countries.
Competitive grants are administered by the Lithuanian Research Council (on behalf of the Republic of Lithuania) and the Ukrainian State Science, Innovation and Information Agency (on behalf of the Ukraine). Both parties have established a Managing Commission to coordinate the Programme. Competitive grants are distributed according to the established proposals evaluation procedure. Calls for project proposals are announced once every 2 years at the same time in both countries. The Lithuanian participants submit their research or mobility visits proposals in Lithuanian to the Lithuanian Research Council, while the Ukrainian applicants submit their proposals to the Ukrainian counterparts. The proposals are peer reviewed according to the list of set criteria.
The proposals can be submitted under the following areas:
- Novel materials and energy sources
- Medicine, pharmacy, industrial biotechnologies
- Information and communication technologies
- Manufacturing, processing and storing technologies for agriculture products
- Competitive energy- and resources-efficient technologies
- Ecology and rational use of natural resources
- Social and humanitarian sciences
Evaluation criteria for the project proposals are as follows:
- Scientific quality and a nature of proposed innovation
- Competence and ability of a temporary scientific team to implement the proposed project
- Quality of the participating organizations’ infrastructure
- Participation of PhD students and young scientists
- Practical applications of the proposed project results
- Validity of the proposed project budget
The funding is assigned to the projects which favorably pass all evaluation criteria, distributing the money over 2 years (a maximum project duration). At the end of each year leftover funds are taken back and can’t be transferred to a second year of the project. Funding for the second and third years is allocated depending on the implementation status and efficiency during the previous year.
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