LT - Lithuania

Regional Innovation Performance(2019) Moderate

Total population (2019) 2794184

Population per km² (2017) 45

Proportion population older 65 year % 19,77%

Regional website

Lithuanian RDI Liaison Office LINO


Lithuania is a country In the Baltic region of Europe with a population of 3 million. The country's S3 priorities Include a focus on molecular technologies for medicine and biopharmaceutics; advanced applied technologies for individual and public health and advanced medical engineering for early diagnostics and treatment. The country is involved In a number of major initiatives including The National Cancer Institute, Kaunas Clinics and Santaros Clinics.

Healthprofile according to the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):

Life expectancy has increased in recent years in Lithuania but remains among the lowest in the EU. Mortality rates from both preventable and treatable causes are well above the EU averages. The country also faces challenges with mental health and the control of tuberculosis. Although some progress has been made in recent years, alcohol consumption emains a major public health concern. Reducing out-of-pocket payments, overhauling the hospital sector, further strengthening primary care and scaling up prevention measures would contribute to improving the health of the population, but the current level of spending in health care remains too low to address all the ongoing challenges effectively.

Is the region looking for international/European/interregional collaboration opportunities? 

Yes - Horizon2020/Horizon Europe projects and similar international initiatives

Membership status

Member ICPerMed? yes 

Mountain ? Non-mountain

Member Euregha? no 

Adriatic-Ionian MacroRegion? no

InnoStars Region? no 

Northern Sparsely Populated Area (NSPA)? no

PM region according EC? no 

Baltic Sea MacroRegion? yes

S3MedTech region? no 

Danube MacroRegion? no

S3P4PM region? no 

Alpine MacroRegion? no

Regions4PM region? yes

S3ClusSport member? no 

Central Europe? no

MedTech4Europe? no

Council of European BioRegions (CEBR)? no

1M+Genome initiative? member

European Regions Research & Innovation Network(ERRIN)?  no

Vanguard Initiative? no

ERAPerMed? no

Policy documents


  1. National: Smart Specialization strategy  

  2. National: National progress strategy "Lithuania 2030"  

  3. National: National Reform Program Lithuania 2019  


  5. National: Life Sciences and health technologies development in Lithuania - national strategy (Only Lithuanian version) 

Topics covered by policies : Medical research and innovation (-omics, biomarkers, diagnostics, etc.); Specific disease related research; ICT/genomics, health, lifestyle data (infrastructure)


NACE Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health related to Research and Innovation objectives: M.72 - Scientific research and development

Scientific domain NABS Personalised   Medicine/Personalised Health related to Research and Innovation: NABS07 - Health; NABS121 - R&D related to   Natural Sciences - financed from GUF; NABS131 - R&D related to Natural   Sciences - financed from other sources than GUF; NABS133 - R&D related to   Medical Sciences - financed from other sources than GUF

Policy objective Personalised   Medicine/Personalised Health related related to Research and Innovation objectives: D.27 - e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing); E.42 -   Photonics; G.46 - Ageing societies; G.49 - Public health & well-being

Policy document (RIS3): Yes

Policy document PM@RIS3: Yes - Health technologies and biotechnologies

Major initiatives

  1. National Cancer institute

  2. Kaunas clinics    

  3. Santaros clinics

  4. Regions4PerMed 

  5. Digital Innovation Hubs:

Self evaluation

General perception of the implementation level of PM in the region - Low

Rate of the need for developing and implementing PM in the region - Medium

Rate of the need for increasing support/funding for PM activities in the region  -High

Rate of the need for increasing the capacity of PM skills in the region - High

Rate of the genomics literacy of the citizens in the region - Low

Rate of the need for increasing interregional collaboration in PM -Very High

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium