Integration of Lithuanian business into international value chains of Experimental Development and Innovation (InterInoLT)

Project coordinator: Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) 
Project implementation period: 2019 November - 2022 November (36 months).
Value of the project: EUR 1 622 776.00 (EU Structural Funds)


Aim of the project: to create a network of Lithuanian Experimental Development and Innovation Representatives (“Ambassadors”) to promote the potential of Lithuanian Experimental Development and Innovation (R&D&I) abroad by: increasing funds from international R&D&I programmes; attracting investment to innovative projects and export of high value-added products and services (innovation) (to help companies move out of R&D&I sandbox in Lithuania).

Project partners:

  • Lithuanian Innovation Centre,
  • Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists.

Project tasks/goals:

  • Increase awareness of Lithuanian R&D&I potential abroad.
  • Provide innovation advisory services to Lithuanian businesses seeking international partners and intending to join international value chains, finding international partners, developing and marketing products for the global market.

Project activities:

  • Promotion of Lithuanian R&D&I potential abroad.
  • Consulting Lithuanian businesses on joining international value chains, finding international partners in R&D&I, developing and marketing products for the global market.


Lithuania invests mostly in research and its infrastructure, significantly less in experimental development and its infrastructure – it means investing in R&D potential without paying sufficient attention to transfering that potential into innovation and income. Part of the potential created by R&D is utilized, but most often it occurs locally - in the territory of Lithuania. Business, science and study institutions are oriented to the Lithuanian market with their products  and services, thus they are limiting themselves geographically and have difficulties joining international value chains. Exports of high value-added products (R&D-driven innovation and R&D services) are low. Export of high-tech products in Lithuania ranges from 5-8 percent from total export (one of the lowest in the EU). Participation of Lithuanian entities in EU R&D&I programmes is sluggish and passive. 90% of the cases Lithuanian entities are involved in projects as partners with small budgets and only in exceptional cases are project coordinators.

The problem is that individual Lithuanian entities (with rare exceptions in the sectors of biotechnology, laser and photonics, ICT) do not have the potential to independently join international R&D&I value chains (they are caught in the R&D sandbox trap).


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Last updated: 29-04-2022