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National Research Programmes (NRP)

The National Research Programmes’ (NRP) goal is to support excellent science and address wide range of emerging challenges faced by our society in Lithuania.

The list of strategic programmes spans across disciplines, from humanities and social sciences all the way to STEM subjects. All programmes introduce rigorous methodologies needed in solving the societal challenges and achieving impact.  

The list of NRPs (since year 2010):


About the NRP


Modernity in Lithuania.This research programme aims to address the challenges of relatively slow modernisation of Lithuania and comparatively limited international competitiveness of humanities disciplines. The programme aims to achieve this by bringing together the best Lithuanian and international researchers to carry out innovative and integrated studies of the on-going modernisation processes in Lithuania. The results and outcomes will be disseminated to the wider public and policy makers.


Towards future technologies. The programme is designed to create the conditions for the development of future technologies and enhancements for Lithuanian research institutions. This approach will enable stronger participation in the research and technologies programmes implemented by the European Space Agency, enhance Lithuania's competitiveness, security and boost development of future technologies.


Healthy ageing. The purpose of the programme is two fold a) to obtain new scientific knowledge required to extend the duration of a healthy and quality life,  and b) to find solutions for biomedicine and social care issues of Lithuanian society through the scientific, technological and  applied research developments.


Sustainability of agro-, forest and water ecosystems. The purpose of the programme is to understand the ability to forecast effects of a climate change and intensive use of ecosystem resources. The projects under this programme will aim to obtain new empirical data to enable decision making and planning for avoiding the climate change threats.


Welfare society. The objective of the programme is to produce a comprehensive analysis of  conditions, factors and trends for the development of a welfare society in Lithuania. The projects under this programme researches opportunities and challenges for its development. Most importantly, the recommendations from projects inform policy makers with their findings for a decision making and development of a welfare society.


Healthy and Safe Food. The programme is designed to comprehensively research the storage, transportation and processing of food products. The findings of the research should become basis for improving the biological value of food, developing new food products and supplying safe and nutritious food.


Chronic Non-Infectious Diseases. The programme analyzes the risks and impacts of chronic non-infectious of diseases and develops the theoretical basis of the health care strategy of Lithuania.


Ecosystems in Lithuania: Climate Change and Human Impact. This programme is aimed to study the conditions, development, and ways to protect natural ecosystems in the context of both the global climate change and the anthropogenic effects. The subject of the research is the recent and ancient natural and anthropogenic biological invasions along with species habitat change, which serves as a sensitive indicator of vulnerability and adaptation of Lithuania‘s ecosystems and their compounds.


Future Energy. The programme is aimed at solving the most important scientific problems of Lithuania’s energy security: increasing the energy efficiency; improving the future energy generation and supply technologies; their optimal integration in the energy sector in Lithuania.


The State and the Nation: Heritage and Identity. The aim of the NRP “State and Nation: Heritage and Identity” is to formulate the general theoretical concept of social and cultural identity, to examine and evaluate the development of specific identity forms in the aspects of heritage, contemporary state of identity and impacts of the modern world challenges. 


Social Challenges to National Security. The programme investigates the origin, contents, scope and tendencies of social phenomena posing threat to national security. It seeks to make strategic decisions and to foresee measures and recommendations to overcome threats to national security.