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PRESS RELEASE - 3rd MIRRIS Policy dialogue in Lithuania

European funding for Research & Innovation in Lithuania:an Activity Plan to increase the Lithuanian participationv Vilnius, 11 November 2015

On 11th November 2015, the Research Council of Lithuania has gathered national stakeholders, to discuss and prioritise measures, which could improve the participation of the Lithuanian organisation to the EU programme for Research & Innovation.

The event was organised in the frame of the European initiative MIRRIS. The dialogue is the third one of a cycle where the hosting Research Council of Lithuania has mobilised all the relevant decision makers to be present in the dialogue in Vilnius.

During the day the stakeholders discussed about the most suitable measures to be proposed for implementation and pilot testing aiming at increasing participation of the Lithuanian participants to the EU programmes.

The main challenge of Lithuania is to tackle the brain drain and the ageing of research staff. To overcome identified challenges for the country, Lithuanian stakeholders shall strive towards a competitive based R&D&I system aiming at capacity building and motivation of researchers and companies to develop and exploit market ideas, enhance motivation for participation to EU programmes and to European associations and networks; and promotion of Lithuanian research excellence at wider scale for the visibility and recognition with strong international presence.

Furthermore, the implementation of the above noted activities was observed from the point of synergies at national level among Structural Funds and Horizon 2020. Participants, following the input proposed by the project coordinator META, discussed a broader scope of potential actions to be undertaken to improve the participation in Horizon 2020 and to upgrade the national system of Research and Innovation.
The MIRRIS Consortium will continue to support the implementation of actions engaging peers to provide tailored coaching in the areas with the highest priority identified during the dialogue.


MIRRIS (Mobilizing Institutional Reform for Research and Innovation Systems) is a Coordination and Support Action  aiming at identifying the strengths and weaknesses of R&I performance in ERA and Framework Programmes of the EU12 and Croatia and activate initiatives to improve participation to Horizon 2020.
MIRRIS seeks to promote a more effective participation to the European Research Area and Framework Programmes, by 1) understanding success factors 2) identifying key actions and 3) mobilizing stakeholders for improving performance and better exploiting H2020 and synergies with ESIF. To achieve this goal MIRRIS will organize 3 rounds of policy dialogue in each target country, promote mutual learning and prepare a road map for implementation.

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under agreement n°320209