Research and Development Projects

Researchers and other employees of the Military Academy of Lithuania implements research and development (R&D) projects, aimed to help the national and international defense community to solve emerging security problems.
 
Currently, General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania is implementing projects funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program, 2014–2020; The Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) Program, The National Science Program “Modernity in Lithuania” of the Lithuanian Science Council and The Research Programme for scientists.


Projects in progress

POLIARIS
Ship-to-Ship Laser Communication System (POLARIS), Funding Agreement No. 06-07-04-1.1.K-003-03
 
Purpose of the Project
To develop a ship-to-ship laser communication system (operating prototype) that is efficient, cost-effective and can be used on naval ships.
 
Project Implementation Period
January 1, 2023 – June 30, 2025.
 
Project Manager
Dr. Gintaras Labutis
Email [email protected]
 
Project Partners
Astrolight UAB, Director Vidmantas Tomkus
Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (FTMC), Innovation Project Manager Karolis Stašys
 
Project Value
EUR 459,566.49

Completed projects

ADVANCES
“Advancing human performance in cybersecurity” (ADVANCES), project contract No. S-BMT-21-6, under the Baltic Research Programme, European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism 2014-2021
 
Aim of the Project
The main objective is to advance the performance of the cybersecurity (CS) specialist by identifying possible improvements from three different perspectives: by regarding the human as a biological entity, by analyzing behaviour patterns of the person, and by addressing the necessary knowledge and skills of the cybersecurity specialist.
 
The project is based on a hypothesis that it is possible to map cyber competencies required to solve cyber-crime, defend infrastructure, or be resilient to cyber-abuse and then to develop a rational competence improvement path for a CS specialist. When dealing with critical infrastructures or handling life mission-critical support systems, tools that enable the assessment of human traits or inherent risks are non-existent, or research components are not validated scientifically.
 
The envisioned results include a) identification of key performance indicators in individual/team level training/exercises to develop an evidence base for a comprehensive assessment of cyber competences, b) development of methods to assess and predict the performance of a human in individual tasks and collaborative decision-making environments in cyberspace, c) development of specific tools to advance the performance of a human in learning to cope with challenges during stressful situations that require technological knowledge.
 
Project Implementation Period
1 January 2021 – 31 December 2023
 
Project Manager
Prof. Dr. Aušrius Juozapavičius
E-mail [email protected]
 
Project Promoter
Vilnius university, project leader dr. Agnė Brilingaitė (Institute of Computer Science, Cybersecurity Laboratory)
 
Project Partners
University of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein
Østfold university College, Norway
Norwegian University for Technology and Science, Norway
Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvia
Riga Technical University, Latvia
Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Estonia
General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, Lithuania
 
Project Value
999 130 Eur (total value)
63 056 Eur (LKA)
The Advancing Human Performance in Cybersecurity benefits from nearly €1 million grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants under the Baltic Research Programme. The aim of the programme is to consolidate research potential of Baltic States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, strengthen regional cooperation in research relevant to the countries of the region, and fill the gap between the national research funding and the European Union Structural Assistance.
 
Repository of Project Results
On VU environment >>>
 
Project Results
The world is experiencing a high demand for high-quality cybersecurity specialists due to an increasing number of cyber attacks and their technological advancement. In the Baltic countries, the geopolitical situation sets cybersecurity as a top priority. All economic sectors depend on the protection against cybercrime. In more than 90% of cyber incidents, humans could be seen both as attack targets and defenders having a broad set of technical and generic competencies. There is an enormous lack of research regarding the role of human factors in cybersecurity internationally. The establishment of an international cross-disciplinary research team will address the urgent need for a scientific understanding of human limitations and capabilities in the cyber kill chain.
 
The three Baltic countries and their partners from Norway and Liechtenstein make the team to investigate human behaviour in cybersecurity by combining research areas of computer science, psychology, and human genomics. The project aims to develop a comprehensive, science-based interdisciplinary framework to develop and assess generic and subject-related competences of the current and future cybersecurity workforce. The data will be gathered based on the participants of international cybersecurity exercises. Risk assessment and educational components will be tested in the student environment. Statistical and data mining tools will be used to interpret multilayered data and to find correlations among genetic, behavioural, and technical skills under stressful conditions.
 
The project will result in the creation of a set of methodologies and tools that will include specific software components to gather and analyse data, self-report tools to collect factual data on social behavioural patterns, recommendations to consider specific biological marker information, a custom genotyping array, a methodology to develop and assess competencies, and the risk assessment process based on the joint interdisciplinary data.
 
The Collaborative Project ADVANCES
NAAS
Title of the project
Development of National Ecosystem for Recognition and Analysis of Information Impact (NAAS) No. 01.2.1-LVPA-V-835-03-000
 
Implementation period
2 March 2020 – 31 August 2023
 
Project Manager
Dr. Sigutė Stankevičiūtė
Tel. +370 618 71376
E-mail [email protected]
 
Project partner
Mykolas Romeris University
 
Project Value
2 173 000 Eur
 
EU Regional Development Fund Support
1 955 000 Eur
 
The Lithuanian Military Academy, together with Mykolas Romeris University, is implementing the NAAS project "Establishment of a National Ecosystem for Information Impact Recognition and Analysis", which promotes experimental development, innovation and research.
 
In order to promote R&D activities (research, experimental development and innovation), the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania submitted an application in August 2019 under the Precommercial Procurement LT measure of the 2014-2020 Operational Program for Investment of European Union Funds. The Lithuanian Military Academy, together with Mykolas Romeris University, met all the requirements for the evaluation of the application and, by order of the Minister of Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania, received EUR 1 955 000 of European Union Structural Funds funding for the project "Establishment of a National Information Ecosystem for Impact Recognition and Analysis (NAAS)". The total value of the NAAS project is 2 173 000 euros, financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
 
On 26 November 2019, an agreement was signed with the Lithuanian Business Support Agency, which will administer the National Information Impact Recognition and Analysis Ecosystem (NAAS) project, which will help to achieve part of the strategic goals of the Lithuanian Military Academy.
 
Lithuanian and foreign companies were invited to submit bids in the precommercial procurement "Establishment of the National Information Impact Identification and Analysis Ecosystem (NAAS)".
 
Contracting Authority
General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania
Mykolas Romeris University (partner)
 
Aim of the precommercial procurement
To create an efficient and modern research and study ecosystem enabling higher education institutions to train national, public and public security specialists and to carry out scientific activities covering information security, information and hybrid threat analyses, integrated (internet and kinetic) information space monitoring and analysis of potentially criminal content.
 
Planned use of the results
The technological base created by the precommercial procurement will allow to carry out scientific projects, the results of which will be used by national and international institutions: the Lithuanian Armed Forces, the Office of the Inspector of Journalists' Ethics of the Republic of Lithuania, the Presidency, the Government, ministries, EU institutions in their fields of competence.
 
As part of the NAAS project and in order to attract as many participants as possible with different competences and experience, it was decided to translate the tender conditions into English and to launch the tender in two languages – Lithuanian and English.
 
A call for proposals is launched on 19 May 2020.
Terms and conditions of the precommercial procurement in Lithuanian
Terms and conditions of the precommercial procurement in English
 
Deadline for Submission of tenders
Documents shall be submitted to the Jonas Žemaitis Lithuanian Military Academy by e-mail [email protected] by 10:00 on 23 July 2020.
 
Precommercial procurement terms and conditions updated on 14 August 2020.
Updated terms and conditions in Lithuanian
Updated terms and conditions in English
 
On 10 November 2020, the NAAS Project Precommercial Procurement Panel met to evaluate the tenders submitted by the participants. The Commission took the unanimous decision to approve the bids of the following 4 participants (in no particular order):
Kaunas University of Technology and CERTH;
Vytautas Magnus University;
UAB Elsis Pro and UAB Tildė informacinės technologijos;
UAB NRD CS and Vilnius College.
 
On 19 November 2022, at 19.30, LRT TV screened the documentary "History of the Future Lithuania", in which the NAAS project implemented by the Lithuanian Military Academy and Mykolas Romeris University is featured among the 10 most important scientific achievements of Lithuania. The integrated information environment assessment, learning, and testing platform being developed in Lithuania is one of the first in the European Union and is planned to be used by the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The NASS system is introduced in the film from 34.25 minutes. The video is available for viewing in the LRT media library (this recording is available until 2025.12.12 due to copyright).
 
NAAS – A joint project between LKA and MRU has come to an end. What, how and why – the video can be viewed here >>>.
 
7 February 2023 the first prototypes of the National Information Impact Recognition and Analysis Ecosystem (NAAS), which are being developed by two teams of business and research centres – Elsis Pro, UAB, together with Tildė informacinės technologijos, UAB, and Vytautas Magnus University, with TNO, the Netherlands – will be presented to the public at Mykolas Romeris University. "One of the first in the European Union. An efficient and modern ecosystem for science and studies. A unique information space monitoring, identification, and detection system", – this is how Dr. Sigutė Stankevičiūtė, NAAS project manager at the General Jonas Žemaitis Lithuanian Military Academy, describes the prototypes of the NAAS system after three years of research, consultations, and testing. Read more here >>>.
EcoQUIP Plus
Title of the project 
Collaborative Innovation Procurement Action to Improve the Efficiency, Quality and Sustainability of Healthcare (EcoQUIP Plus)
 
Implementation period
August 2019 – January 2024
 
Project Value
2 295 795,00 Eur
 
Co-funded by COSME, the program for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. Funding Agreement No. 857790.
 
Project Coordinator
OPTIMAT LIMITED, United Kingdom
 
Project partners
Jera Consulting Limited, University Hospitals Bristol Nhs Foundation Trust, Zespol Opieki Zdrowotnej W Suchej Beskidzkiej, Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Policlinico S. Orsola Malpighi, Agencia de Qualitat i Avaluacio Sanitaries De Catalunya, Corporacio Sanitaria Parc Tauli De Sabadell, Vilniaus Universiteto Ligonine Santaros Klinikos, European Health Management Association, Synoptic Technologies Ltd.
 
Project Manager
Dr. Sigutė Stankevičiūtė
E-mail [email protected]
  
Objective of the Project
The project aimes to demonstrate how pro-innovation procurement methods help to improve the efficiency, quality and sustainability of healthcare. This included direct interventions in the procurement processes of individual hospitals in a number of EU member states.
 
The role of LKA is to facilitate the public procurement of innovative ergency call system of Vilniaus Universiteto Ligonine Santaros Klinikos. More information about the project can be obtained on the website >>>.
 
 
iProcureNet
“Innovation by Developing a European Procurer Networking for Security Research Services” (iProcureNet) under the European Union Research and Innovation Program “Horizon 2020”, Grant Agreement No. 832875
 
Project Aim
To create an ecosystem of procurers, prescribers, legal advisors and other key stakeholders of security procurement, to share procurement trends and needs, and open pathways for joint procurement.
 
Project Implementation Period
From May 2019 to April 2024
 
Project Manager
Dr. Sigutė Stankevičiūtė
 
Project Executors
Dr. Sigutė Stankevičiūtė, Project Manager
 
Project Partners
The iProcureNet consortium consists of 15 partner institutions and organizations from different Member States of the European Union:
Bulgarian Defence Institute
University of Tartu, Estonia
Criminal Police, Portugal
Police & Border Guard, Estonia
Ministry of Interior – National Police, Spain
Civil Defence, Cyprus
National Police, Hungary
International Security and Emergency Management Institute (ISEMI), Slovakia
JERA Consulting, United Kingdom
Ministry of Internal Affairs – Directorate General Logistics, Romania
General Inspectorate of the Border Police, Romania
Ministry of Interior, Slovakia
ARTTIC, France
The Consortium is led by the French Ministry of Interior – MININT (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives).
 
Project Value
1 588 262,50 Eur
 
More information about the project
MRHPEDCFMT
"Modeling the role of human potential in order to ensure the country's defense in the face of modern threats" (MRHPEDCFMT), Project contract No. S-LU-22-9
 
Aim of the Project
To identify the factors that determine the military organization's sustainable human resources management and strengthen the military's human potential, and to propose an evaluation methodology, the decisions of which would be based on relevant research data and the latest knowledge and would help to achieve human potential capacity and soldiers' resilience (physical, psychological, spiritual, social and family unity) increase.
 
Project Implementation Period
1 January 2022 – 31 December 2023
 
Project Manager
Dr.  Svajonė Bekešienė
 
Project Executors
Dr. Svajonė Bekešien, Project Manager (Chief Researcher)
Prof. dr. Rasa Smaliukienė, Chief Researcher
Dr. Ieva Meidutė-Kavaliauskienė, Senior Researcher
Dr. Olga Navickienė, Senior Researcher
Mjr. Rosita Kanapeckaitė, Specialist, Assistant
 
Project Partners
Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Ukrain
Project Manager in Ukrain – habil. dr. Oleksandr Nakonechnvi
 
Project Value
92 499 Eur
SPARTA
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, project Strategic Programs for Advanced Research and Technology in Europe – SPARTA, Grand Agreement No. 830892
 
Aim of the Project
To implement research and innovation programmes to support the development of cyber security transformational capabilities and the provision of technical tools to the European Union to ensure cyber security.
 
Project Implementation Period
1 February 2019 – 31 January 2022
 
Project Manager
Dr. Olga Navickienė
E-mail [email protected]
 
Project Developers
Dr. Olga Navickienė, Senior Researcher, Project Manager
Dr. Jūratė Novagrockienė, Chief Researcher
Prof. Dr. Aušrius Juozapavičius, Chief Researcher
Dr. Mangirdas Morkūnas, Chief Researcher
Dr. Gintarė Giriūnienė, Chief Researcher
Dr. Sigutė Stankevičiūtė, Senior Researcher
Liudas Zdanavičius, Junior Researcher
 
Project Partners
The SPARTA consortium consists of 44 partner institutions and organizations from 14 different Member States of the European Union. The consortium is led by the French Commission for Alternative Energy and Atomic Energy (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA).
 
Project Value
15 999 913 Eur
CIBERSEK
“Development of the national cybersecurity competence map” (CIBERSEK), project contract No. S-REP-21-2
 
Aim of the Project
To study the need for competencies of Lithuanian cyber security (CS) specialists, to prepare a national map of CS competencies and to provide recommendations for competence development and attraction of new employees in the field by solving the shortage of specialists.
 
Project Implementation Period
1 February 2021 – 31 July 2022
 
Project Manager
Prof. dr. Aušrius Juozapavičius
E-mail [email protected]
 
Project Promoter
Vilnius University
 
Project Partner
General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania
 
Project Value
69 847 00 Eur
CITIZEN
The Influence of the Expression of Modernization Changes on the Formation of Civil Society: Theoretical Insights and Practical Applicability (CITIZEN), Grant Agreement No. S-MOD-21-10
 
Aim of the Project
After the analysis of social, economic, political and historical tendencies of modernization of the country, to design an integrated system of indicators for the formation of the citizenship of the society and determination of management directions.
 
Project Implementation Period
9 March 2021 – 31 December 2022
 
Project Manager
Dr. Olga Navickienė
 
Project Executors
Dr. Asta Valackienė, Chief Researcher
Dr. Ieva Meidutė-Kavaliauskienė, Chief Researcher
Dr. Mangirdas Morkūnas, Chief Researcher
Dr. Jūratė Novagrockienė, Researcher
Luka Lesauskaitė, Junior Researcher
Virginijus Vitalijus Vilkelis, Specialist (Expert Advisor)
 
Project Value
97 886 Eur
MIL_STRES
Project “Application of Innovative Non-interventional Biomedical Research in Managing Stress in Group Dynamics: The Case of Conscripts in Lithuania” (MIL_STRES) of the activity “Projects of Research Groups” supported by the Research Council of Lithuania, Grant Agreement No. S-MIP-20-59
 
Aim of the Project
To develop a long-term stress management methodology for stress management solutions based on relevant data from non-interventional biomedical research and knowledge of group dynamics.
 
Project Implementation Period
1 July 2020 – 30 March 2022
 
Project Manager
Prof. Dr. Rasa Smaliukienė
 
Project Developers
Prof. Dr. Rasa Smaliukienė, Project Manager, Senior Researcher
Dr. Gerry Larsson, Senior Researcher
Dr. Svajonė Bekešienė, Senior Researcher
Dr. Asta Mažeikienė, Researcher
 
Project Partner
Vilnius University
 
Project Value
141 999 Eur