EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020
is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.
At present we are implementing these Horizon 2020 projects:
The overall objective of the GreenTech 2.0 project is to establish a strategic partnership among green tech clusters in building their excellence and providing new services to SMEs. Considering the specificities of green tech companies and the needs of the sector, GreenTech 2.0 aims at scaling up the support services of participating clusters in order to support the SMEs operating in the green tech industry and aim for a resilient, sustainable, and circular business model implementation and technological innovations.
URBAN TECH will support the acceleration of competitive success of European SMEs through market launch of new or significantly improved products and services with higher value (with higher quality, increased access, eco-innovative, resource efficient and internationally scalable). In long-term perspective (strategic objective), URBAN TECH will innovate and increase the competitiveness of European Health Tech, Smart City and Green Tech industries globally.
• Offering innovative solutions to cross-sectoral and cross-border challenges, either public or private.
• Bringing together different stakeholders of the industry value-chain to cooperate and innovate together.
• Supporting SMEs and start-ups in scaling their solutions and products globally.
• Advanced partnership of cluster and innovation support organisations from 9 countries, entrepreneurial and innovation support measures providers to SMEs and start-ups, mediators between the societal stakeholders needs and solution providers. Partners’ network brings together 3 500 start-ups and SMEs and wider outreach to 20 000.
Human Resource Competences Improvement
Kaunas STP employees are motivated to improve their competencies linked to their professional profile: innovation and project management skills continuously via thematic seminars. Nevertheless, most of useful knowledge are gained while implementing life-long learning programme Erasmus+ projects. Special attention is given to the projects related to promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as special knowledge on innovation support services.
Erasmus+ programme combines all the EU's current schemes for education, training, youth and sport, including the Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Grundtvig), Youth in Action and five international co-operation programmes (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and the programme for co-operation with industrialized countries). The integrated programme makes it easier to understand the funding opportunities.
By providing support for learning and learning methods improvement, new learning programmes, education institutions and youth workers professional improvement and as well as promoting greater mobility and cooperation between companies and educational institutions, fosters the quality of education, training and education system.
Kaunas STP gives priority to the Action 2 – cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, which is relevant to create and foster partnership between different types of organizations involved in education, training and youth and enterprises.
At present we are implementing these Erasmus+ projects:
The project aims at filling the gap between scientific research on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) and its industrial application as enabling technology for the Industry 4.0 paradigm. AI improves the data acquisition and analysis typical of the 4.0 paradigm, leading to the optimization of the industrial processes through fast, lightweight and well-performing algorithms. The academic research efforts on AI have followed a trend of development of complex and resource-intensive algorithms that require cloud-centric architectures while the industrial architectures for data acquisition are in most cases distributed, fragmented and resource-constrained. Recent research has demonstrated the need of moving toward a decentralized use of AI where data analysis algorithms are executed directly on the machine side (“on the edge”). As this is the future, it becomes evident that a new generation of AI and ML experts, able to adapt these technologies to the industrial needs and to foster their role as the key players of the 4th industrial revolution, is needed.
The project aims to adapt and improve work methodologies and tools applied to assist and encourage women entrepreneurship, regarding new pandemic situation and digital transition needs. The project roadmap will be developed through close collaboration and increased flows of knowledge between project partners and the different stakeholders in each target territory.
Project target group– young (women) entrepreneurs, youth workers.
The main project outcome of the ATHENA project will be the development of an experiental development training programme for youth workers aiming to increasse their skills about new COVID19 situation and how to adapt their work to the new-reality, including digital, online and alternative methods and tools. More specifically, ATHENA also will:
- Improve youth work methodologies regarding promoting young women entrepreneurship, specifically by introducing COVID19-adapted strategies;
- increase awareness and knowledge among youth workers and decision makers, about new COVID19-adapted strategies for promoting young women entrepreneurship;
- compare situations in different European countries and exchange knowledge and experiences between partner countries;
- collect best COVID19-adapted practices in the field of young women entrepreneurship support;
- produce sustainable and adaptable knowledge to be implemented and tested in other European realities.
The Project aims to support the elaboration of the Benefit Corporation business model, indicating by this comprehensive definition a business model which combines the goal of profit with the purpose of creating a positive impact for society and the environment. Project Partners intend to transfer knowledge, skills and abilities to enable learners to work within a Benefit Corporation with operational tasks.
Project target group - VET learners and job seekers with EQF 4/5 qualification levels.
The main results. Thanks to the planned training actions, the project will generate a positive change in the corporate culture. Expected project results are:
1) Analysis (and Workshop) on Benefit Corporation Model at the EU level and training needs map;
2) Training Course and related Curriculum of Operation Specialists for BCs;
3) Clear and multimodal tools and teaching materials for Operation Specialists for BCs in 5 EU languages;
4) 2 Pilot Tests with 30 participants;
5) 'Exploitation Strategy' to spread awareness about the Operation Specialist for BCs at the EU level.
The aim of the eSilver Tour is to develop Digital Marketing competences in seniors organisations staff and tourism professionals to answer the real tourism needs of senior people, by addressing the psychosocial and physical needs of older travellers and their expectations, as to identify and overcome the well-embedded stereotypes about older people.
Project target group – seniors organizations staff and tourism professionals.
The project eSilver Tour aims to develop several outputs:
The projectaims to build a community, training and knowledge cluster of universities, companies and other partners that will provide the required competences for project management for the digital transformations.
Project target group – HEIs, companies, associations and clusters, Master programmes, students, lecturers and professionals, motivated to use the results and to contribute to the maintenance and further development.
o Competences and the digital transformation.
o Projectized organisations in the digital.
o Sustainable digital transformation.
o Knowledge in agile organisations.
Due to the dual impact of technology and the pandemic recession, jobs held by lower-wage workers, mostly women, were severely impacted during this period.
DAS is addressing female employees with low skills employed or displaced due to the current economic problems.
The project consortium aims to develop a free toolkit that will include the best practices and knowledge of consortium members regarding reskilling and upskilling issues in order to unleash the employees’ potential.
Regional and Local Policy Development in Innovation and the Knowledge Economy Areas
Kaunas STP is engaged in Interreg BSR and Interreg Europe projects.
The Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 supports integrated territorial development and cooperation for a more innovative, better accessible and sustainable Baltic Sea region. Partners from countries around the Baltic Sea work together in transnational projects on common key challenges and opportunities. Kaunas STP gives priority to Priority 1 ‘Capacity for innovation’ which is dedicated to actions strengthening the ability of the Baltic Sea Region to create and commercialise innovation.
Because Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania is joint owner of Kaunas STP, the Park can implement Interreg Europe projects. The programme is dedicated to help regional and local government to implement better strategic policies. Kaunas STP gives priority to the two main categories: research and innovation and SME competitiveness.
At present we are implementing these Interreg BSR projects:
The project aims to create tools to improve the stakeholders’ resilience and adaptability by improving their skills in remote activities, especially distance soft skills (DIS). The developed tools and methods are divided into 3 categories: communication and innovation, sustainability, and remote business strategy.
Strengthening the European economic fabric requires that their SMEs are competitive. On the path to their sustainable growth, EU SMEs still meet too many obstacles to get full access to venture capital and business opportunities. Some of FFWD EUROPE project partners have their own business acceleration scheme that proves efficient locally, although most of the partners perceive a lack of support from their regional authorities on the design and funding of measures related to facilitate the access to capital for SMEs.
The main outputs will be the elaboration of one Action Plan per region, based on the interregional exchanges that will ensure the appropriate implementation during the phase 2 of the project.
Other programmes and projects:
The project aims to connect different European deep-tech startup ecosystems and support cross-border activities to standardize the growth routes in Europe.
The project aims - to promote green roofs as the citizens’ response to environmental protection, active participation & citizens involvement, and to municipalities and areas sustainable development; to contextualize the environmental prosperity, and individual well – being, through the training on green roofs benefits and awareness; to create & deliver innovative products and training digital tools based on differentiation methodologies and adult education approaches strategy
Project target group – civil participants and members of community, as well as professionals
The end results of AGROS project :
Main objective of the project is to improve and strengthen management and support capacity in incubator organisations as important Innovation Infrastructures.
IRIS will make the target group – specialists at business incubators, science and technology parks, other business and innovation support organizations – demonstrate higher management capacity and higher ability to support entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs in five priority areas. New support instruments will be available as a result of joint brain storming, development and practical tests. Peer reviews as method to evaluate and improve management capacity will be spread to Innovation Infrastructure Organisations in BSR.
IRIS will deliver two main outputs:
The project aims to develop ECVET based a unique educational material for upskilling and reskilling of electric-electronic teachers in vocational high schools
Project target group – vocational high school teachers from Electric-Electronics department;
The end results of the project are:
The project aims to develop a novel digital toolkit by which European VET Trainers and health sector mentors can reach out and assist healthcare professionals and stakeholders to catch up with technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Project target group – VET trainers and mentors, healthcare personnel, VET learners
The end results of the Digi4HEALTH project are:
The project aims to enhance a circular approach to the management of the human resources of the companies.
Project target group – HR managers, employers and employees, trade unions, VET centres, Local development agencies, other industries ant etc.
The main results of the project are:
The project aims to conduct a set of advanced training programs for employees of healthcare sector need to increase their technological skills and ethical competencies for what concern how digitalization health innovation can be implemented in a humanistic manner. The development process will involve academia, public health entities, SMEs, startups, entrepreneurs and business consultants.
The project aims to prepare a training course for trainers who will be able to give municipalities a clear and comprehensive explanation of what smart cities/villages would mean in their specific environment. Moreover, they will be also able to give a training to other trainers and thus contribute to further dissemination of project results.
Expected results: to achieve the above mentioned goal a set of intellectual outputs will be achieved during the project period. It will start with the survey of needs of municipalities and trainers. Following will be curriculum development. Next it is course materials development and an organisation of a webinar for training of trainers. Once all the materials of the course are finalised they will be internationalised, i.e. translated to local languages of the consortium. All the project’s course materials will be freely available in the form of Moodle course also after the end of the project. In order to even more strengthen the outcomes of the project its last part will be dedicated to organising national conferences in all the partner countries of the project.
Project aims to enableup-to-date content of software engineering education by (re-)designing the HE curriculum in several EU countries by systematically consulting a wide range of stakeholder groups and bringing in technical experts from companies in the ICT sector to help the design of lessons and educational materials. Strengthen ongoing dialogue and closer cooperation between industry and education to support mutual understanding of digital skills needs and encourage strong practical components in education. Stimulate work based learning in HE through creating opportunities for apprenticeships and other types of work-based learning in the field of ICT. Enhance HE students’ soft skills to foster professional career advancement.
Expected results: HE students will develop specific up-to-date skills & competences in software technologies and will benefit from enhanced soft skills that will support their better integration in the world of business, including co-worker and customer interaction. Academic staff will have the chance to update their teaching methods but also check their knowledge and skills against the realities of the business world while IT companies will benefit from the better-prepared HE students to enter the workforce with already developed relevant-to-the-market competences in software.
The general aim of the project is to support the uptake of organisational innovation by SMEs across Europe through the development, piloting and implementation of a holistic innovation coaching methodology using a multilevel approach - individual, group and organization. Following the FLOURISH methodology SMEs will be able to introduce new forms of work organisation, ensure stronger employee participation in innovation processes, advance the managerial techniques and draw lessons to build on in their continuous improvement.
BGI aims at fostering innovation power and the emergence of a powerful game business scene around the Baltic Sea, strengthening internationalisation and cooperation across stakeholders and countries, and finally making the region a game business hotspot with a joint branding. The core element is the installation of durable game incubation structures, programmes and schemes that effectively support the emergence and viability of game start-ups.
The project will result in:
• improvements in regulations, strategies and schemes, which guide the business support for start-ups in the eight countries, with a Good Practice catalogue on favourable framework and policies for game business development;
• functional game incubators providing consulting and mentoring support to game start-ups, with model schemes and manuals/guidelines for game incubation programming and financing, mentoring and international cooperation for game business development;
• increased business power of and business opportunities for the BSR game scene, with a functional VR application for therapeutic use, a VR Health Reference Model and recommendations for VR apps in other industries.
The project BizMiz aims to empower women to develop high-quality skills and digital competence, that will support them to achieve their full potential as next generation women technology entrepreneurs.
Project target group – women entrepreneurs across Europe that has recently started their business.
BizMiz aims to:
The project aims to create VET qualifications for professionals, being IoE managers or developers, and training them to adopt and manage IoT devices and applications.
Project target group – professionals working in the European SMEs, including IoE developers, researchers and students.
The end results of the IoE-EQ project are:
The project aims to improve and create new pedagogical methods for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in secondary education, based on innovative approach.
Project target group – representatives and participants of the education system.
The end results of the LEARN STEM project are:
- To create an ICT based training programme of STEM and an Inquiry learning package;
- To provide teachers with the innovative STEM pedagogical methods in secondary schools and enable teachers to have professional development of STEM competences;
- To strengthen pupils’ efficient involvement into STEM learning at schools and enable them apply the knowledge of STEM in the real-life situations;
To contribute to a larger number of pupils choosing the STEM profile studies after school.
The main aim of this project is to assist women from rural areas in five partner countries (Iceland, UK, Lithuania, Croatia and Bulgaria) to become successful entrepreneurs with a focus on small business development.
The product is training program which consists of two components: Online Rural Women’s Enterprise Academy (an e-learning platform developed with a range of modules to help gaining ‘hard skills’ for business such as product development, marketing, and social media); Online Enterprise Circles™ for Rural Women in Business (Enterprise Circles™ focuses on 'soft-skills' such as building self-confidence and developing goal setting techniques).
Project results are online training platform which consists of two parts: “hard” and “soft” skills learning programmes; Rural Business Women Networks: networks for women in rural areas will be set up, led by local women who will receive training in the methodology of “Community Driven Learning and Development”.
The project SUSTRADER aims to exchange good entrepreneurship practices with a focus on adapting them to local sustainable traditions.
Project target group – members of rural communities, representatives from business support organizations and education institutions.
The project SUSTRADER aims to:
The project aims to exchange of good practices in favour of female entrepreneurship.
Project target group – women between the ages of 40 and 55 who have experienced a career break.
By exchange of good practices in favour of female entrepreneurship is expected to transfer methodologies, tools and good practices, on the development and consolidation of women's enterprises, development of entrepreneurial skills, strengthening of support systems for development of women's enterprises, already tested in other contexts, which will accelerate the innovation process at the level of local.
The projects aims to support public and private sectors within the existing structures and in the long run inspire women to be more innovative in Baltic Sea Region. The project promotes new approaches to innovation support, i.e promote models that can bolster the innovation of innovatively marginalized groups and by extension the innovation capacity of SMEs.
The IoT4SMEs proposal pursues the main objective of qualifying new professionals able to support the digital transformation of the European companies exploiting to the advantages offered by the IoT (Internet of Things) technology.
The project aims also at facilitating the dissemination of the IoT technology among European SMEs.
Project results are training needs and labour market analysis concerning the application of IoT technologies; VET qualifications, designed according to the Lifelong Learning instruments (EQF, EQVET and EQAVET); interviews and showcases, remote laboratories, application of distance learning methodologies; design of VET courses to obtain IoT4SMEs qualifications. All the didactic materials, realized as Open Educational Resources, will be available on a e-Learning platform; handbook of best practices concerning the application of IoT solutions.
The aim of the project is to strengthen the cooperation between vocational training schools and business, promoting the quality of vocational training and innovation. Project target group - teachers, lecturers, other representatives of the educational system.
Entrepreneurship education is an important part of vocational training. It helps learners expand their horizons while preparing for the career. In order to increase the level of employment of students, it is necessary to create more opportunities or to train vocational school students to start their own business. This project seeks to teach students how to make the most of their potential and create small businesses themselves.
Results to be achieved:
Getting acquainted with good practices and examples of different vocational training practices during the planned international meetings by visiting the relevant local authorities (recruitment agency, vocational and technical schools and training centers, national education departments, chambers of commerce, industries, organized industrial zone).
The project aims to support the transformation of the European economy into a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy by developing and implementing a bespoke learning environment for micro-enterprise owners to ensure the development of SMEs and to enable this dynamic sector realize its true potential.
Project target groups – micro-enterprise owners and VET tutors.
The results of the ME2ME project:
All developed resources will be available on-line in English and in partner languages and made available to all interested parties without restriction.
The project aims to reduce to number of early school leavers developing a new learning eco-system in supporting of Early School Leaving (ESL) prevention.
Target group of the project: Education system participants
Results: Partners will develop common instruments and methodologies for conducting the analysis on needs and gaps and existing good practices in the field of ESL prevention. Also partners will be designing and developing the ENABLE Smart Learning Environment for collaborative creation of learning activities and contents, based on the Technology Enhanced Learning principles.
The project aims to support European start-ups during the challenging years of growth through a new business learning programme based on the European Business Growth Catalyst.
Project target group – representatives of start-ups, business incubators and other bodies working with start-up activity and SMEs.
The end results of the I-BIS project are:
The project aims to answer to the challenge of developing transversal skills, especially those related to the instruments of the information technology in the field of tourism and in particular for small and medium size business that often do not possess the necessary skills and resources to set up or improve their identity and presence in the internet.
Project product is a training programme which consists of 9 modules and 49 tutorials as well as training platform accessible to rural tourism service providers.
Project results are all aimed to be developed, tested and assess in order to provide rural tourism business and services owners, with the necessary instrument to develop their web-marketing strategy.
Tikslas – sukurti draugišką inovacijoms aplinką mikro, mažose ir vidutinėse įmonėse ir prisidėti prie greitesnio verslo prisitaikymo diegiant organizacines inovacijas, suteikiant galimybes gauti specializuotus mokymus ir atnaujintą mokymo(si) medžiagą.
Numatomis sukurti produktai:mokymo programa; mokymosi medžiaga, kurią sudarys 10 modulių, mokymosi platforma bei gairės profesinio mokymo paslaugų teikėjams.
Numatomi pasiekti rezultatai: mokymosi programa, kurioje pateikiama mokymo medžiagos struktūra, kiekvienai iš 10 pasirinktų temų numatyta tam tikra trukmė. 10 modulių ne tik pasiūlys trumpą teorinę dalį supažindinančią besimokančiuosius su pagrindinėmis, tam tikros temos sąvokomis, bet ir pateiks žinių pasitikrinimo klausimus, sėkmės istorijas bei interaktyvius žaidybinius pratimus; gairės profesinio mokymo paslaugų teikėjams: trumpas metodologinis dokumentas, skirtas profesinio mokymo paslaugų teikėjams, sukurtas pagal InnoWork mokymo medžiagą.
The project aims to improve the quality of vocational education and training (VET), enhance employment opportunities for VET learners, and ensure effective education and employment systems collaboration.
Project target group – VET systems participants and representatives, providing training services.
The end results of the project are: VET situation analysis in Lithuania and partner countries; learning material about VET learners employment opportunities; VET education guidelines about innovative and technology oriented education; project results dissemination for target groups.
The project aims to ease the transition of students from higher education institutions (HEI) to working life.
The products are: work based learning (WBL) model for higher education institutions and adapting relevant lectures appropriate to on-job training activities; a 'training of facilitator' programme to increase efficiency of on-job training activities; an e-platform to use as training mediator.
The end results of the project are:
- Creating awareness on all participants and relevant stakeholders about the importance of collaboration between university and industry to increase the skills and employability of HE students.
The project aims to provide a coherent set of information and a programme of advanced didactic modules targeted to VET teachers.
The products are: comparative report on the best practices available and actions already put in place; introductory didactic modules; specific deepening knowledge modules; a final booklet containing the guidelines; report on the testing of didactic modules and valorization of the EN-VET products the final programmes developed and tested during the project; recommendations on environmental sustainability education for the VET sector.
The end results of the project are:
Modules will be designed, using ECVET criteria, to help teachers develop students with an EU environmental-friendly way of thinking and a proactive attitude to be active in the process of making the road toward a resource efficient Europe successful.
The project aims to train teachers to confidently and critically use ICT in teaching, cooperate and communicate with the assistance of ICT and use tools for creating e-content.
Project target group – teachers working in different educational sub-system.
The end results of the DIGICOMP project are:
36 month-long project sets up a cross-sector consortium consisting of 7 research institutions with expertise in Advanced Power Electronics, 18 companies from the energy supply chain (4 project partners, 14 associated partners) as well as 7 partners from business development associations, technology transfer institutions and cluster organisations.
The project aims to develope renewable energy and increase the capacity of companies to adopt new materials (such as SiC, GaN) and technologies in Advanced Power Electronics. Kaunas STP involves in technology consulting enabling SMEs strategy competence in order to support their capacities to consider Advanced Power Electronics in their R&D strategies and investments.
The main objective of the project is to create an integrated system for enhancing and facilitating access to opportunities in lifelong learning for people in their latter part of life.
Project target groups – third age people eager to change their career path; career consultants; HR managers.
The results: the database of career opportunities and lifelong learning; training modules for developing common competences.
The overall objective of the project is to boost innovation, secure the implementation of smart specialization strategies, and encourage entrepreneurship by supporting small and medium size enterprises, thus contributing to the regional effort of making the Baltic Sea Region innovative, sustainable and competitive.
The specific objective is to secure sustainable demand for research infrastructures, to address the concept of open data access, and ensure the existence of cooperation structures between analytical research institutes and companies at national, regional and international level.
Project fosters the implementation and improvement of research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) in mediumsized cities and regions in the Baltic Sea Region.
Project aims to enhance the organisational capacities of innovation intermediaries to utilize the strategies and to enhance the capacities of regional authorities for upgrading and improving their RIS3 implementation processes.