Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) have developed in many European countries at both national and regional levels to assist in the support of local industry, often around specific industrial technologies or sectors. With a core responsibility for technological upgrading they play a key role in regional and national innovation systems. RTOs tend to be public or private non-profit organisations that provide a range of research, development and technology services, principally to business and governments.
RTOs offer a core set of skills and competences needed by regions to successfully develop smart specialisation strategies. RTO Lithuania, an association for the coordination of non-university science institutes and centers, was established with the aim to develop Lithuania's high-tech industry and other fields of economy and innovation.
RTO Lithuania's goal is to commercialize scientific knowledge, transform it into new products or high value-added technologies and services.
CENTER FOR PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY (FTMC) is the largest scientific research institution carrying out a unique fundamental research and technological development works in scientific fields of laser technologies, optoelectronics, nuclear physics, organic chemistry, bio and nanotechnologies, electrochemical material science, functional materials, electronics, etc. in Lithuania. In the Center not only the innovative science but also high technologies expedient for business and society needs are developed.
The main activity of FTMC is to carry out fundamental and applied research as well as experimental investigations in the fields of physics, chemistry and technologies, which are of utmost importance to the state, society and business.
Lithuanian Energy Institute (LEI) is internationally recognized energy-related research, development and innovation (R&D&I) competence center. LEI is state budgetary institution.
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The Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry's strategic objective is to conduct R&D in the fields of agronomy, forestry, as well as related fields of ecology and environmental sciences, biology, biophysics, botany and zoology. In 2018 Centre employed a total staff of 545, including 187 researchers; had 56 doctoral students.
Researchers are involved in national (funded by the Lithuanian Research Council, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Economy and other state authorities) and international projects (funded from HORIZON 2020, European Territorial Cooperation and other EU funds).
More than 470 varieties of outdoor, garden and vegetable plants have been developed since the beginning of plant breeding in Lithuania (1922). Most of them are successfully used in Lithuania, neighbouring and other countries.
Science and Technology Park of Institute of Physics is a specialized science and technology park for the growth of laser, optical and engineering companies.
The aim of the park is to provide support to companies operating in R&D field to commercialize research results of science and study institutions, to enable apprentices to gain work experience, to promote the integration of business and science in the field of physical and technological sciences, thus contributing to promotion of export.
The park performs functions of a technological business incubator in laser, optical and engineering fields - it provides business management, consulting, qualification improvement, engineering, and other services, as well as coordinates activities of the Laser and Engineering Technologies Cluster (LITEK™).