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

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 ResearchGate environment >>>
 
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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.
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. Ramutė Vaičaitienė, Senior Researcher
Dr. Svajonė Bekešienė, Senior Researcher
Dr. Asta Mažeikienė, Researcher
 
Project Partner
Vilnius University
 
Project Value
141 999 Eur
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 – 28 February 2023
 
Project Manager
Dr. Sigutė Stankevičiūtė
Tel. +37061871376
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 project is funded by the EU Regional Development Fund according to Order No. 4-624 of 31 October 2019 of the Minister of Economy and Innovations of the Republic of Lithuania, Project No. 01.2.1-LVPA-V-835-03-0006 Development of the National Ecosystem for Recognition and Analysis of Information Impact (NAAS) was granted EUR 1,955,000 according to the implementation measure No. 01.2.1-LVPA-V-835 Precommercial Procurement LT of the Operational Programme for EU Structural Funds Investments for 2014–2020.
 
Objective
The project aims to develop an efficient and modern ecosystem for science and studies enabling higher education institutions to prepare national and public security specialists and perform scientific activities including information security, analysis of information and hybrid threats, integrated monitoring of the Internet and kinetic information environment and analysis of potentially criminal content.
 
The ecosystem will involve a conceptual model, methodological basis, and measures necessary for the implementation of the vision of modern studies and allowing a cooperation among education institutions and other relevant subjects. For this purpose, the National Information Security, Information Threat Recognition and Analysis Science and Studies Platform (NAAS) is intended.
 
Intended use of the project results
A technological base developed during the project will enable scientific projects the results of which will benefit the following national and international institutions: Department of Strategic Communication, Police, The Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics, President of the Republic of Lithuania, Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Ministries, and institutions of the European Union within their areas of competences.
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. Gintarė Giriūnienė, Chief Researcher
Dr. Mangirdas Morkūnas, Chief Researcher
Dr. Jūratė Novagrockienė, Researcher
Luka Sinevičienė, Junior Researcher
Dr. Arvydas Juozaitis, Junior Researcher
Virginijus Vitalijus Vilkelis, Specialist (Expert Advisor)
 
Project Value
97 886 Eur
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
Project manager dr. Sigutė Stankevičiūtė
Senior expert dr. Olga Navickienė
 
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:

Completed projects

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