Research at Vilnius University

Main Research Areas

  1. Humanities.
  2. Lithuanian Studies.
  3. Structure and Development of Society.
  4. Biological and Sociopsychological Cognition and Evolution of Man.
  5. Healthy Man, Prevention, Diagnostics and Treatment of Diseases.
  6. Genomics, Biomolecules and Biotechnologies.
  7. Changes in Ecosystems, Protection, Natural Resources.
  8. New Functional Materials and Derivatives.
  9. Theoretical and Condensed Matter Physics.
  10. Laser Physics and Light Technologies.
  11. Fundamental and Applied Mathematics.
  12. Informatics and Information Technologies.

Organization of Research

Scientific research at Vilnius University is conducted at all the structural units, including 14 faculties, 5 research institutes, 4 study and research centres. In 2012, there were 2 344 teachers and/or scholars and 793 doctoral students pursuing scientific research at the University. Students are also involved in the research activities.

The research activities at the University are coordinated by the Committee for Research Affairs, the Pro-Rector for Research Affairs and Research Management Office of the University.

Funding Sources

Research activities at VU are funded from various sources, such as State Budget, Research Council of Lithuania, funds of state and municipal institutions, international science programmes, contracting.

State Budget

Each year a certain proportion of the University's research budget is formed from the State Budget allocations, allotted to all higher education and research institutions according to their previous scientific performance. In 2012, the University received 26.2 million Litas from this source. The largest part of this amount was allocated to the core departments according to the previous results and was used for the execution of the so-called government-subsidized research projects (208 projects in the year 2012).

Research Council of Lithuania

The Research Council of Lithuania (the Council) supports projects initiated by scientists; projects according to the national science programmes (Social Challenges to National Security, The State and the Nation: Heritage and Identity; Energy of the Future; Chronic Infectious Diseases; Ecosystems of Lithuania: Climate Change and Impact on a Person; National Programme of Developing the Lithuanian Studies 2009–2015 and others (mutual cooperation between Lithuania and Ukraine, mutual cooperation between Lithuania and France, tripartite cooperation including Lithuania, Latvia and Taiwan et al.) Over 23.9 million Litas were allotted for the implementation of these projects.

Other Governmental Sources

Other governmental sources consist of funds of the state and municipal institutions. Projects carried out on request by the state institutions amounted to 2675.09 thou Litas in 2012.

International Science Programmes

The University teachers and researchers take an active part in the international science programmes (FRAMEWORK, CERN, NATO, VISBY etc.) and programmes based on bilateral agreements (with France, Ukraine, Taiwan, Belarus et al.).

In 2012, participation in the international scientific programmes earned 3782.72 thou Litas.

Ordered Research Projects

In 2012, VU researchers carried out research projects ordered by national and international private sector and earned 2794.12 thou Litas. The international private sector dominates among the University customers.

Structural Funds for R&D

In 2012, 4044.48 thou Litas from Structural funds were received for implementation of research projects under National integrated programmes scheme and other R&D programmes.

In 2012, 169 doctoral theses were completed; the results of research were published in prestigious international and national journals, discussed at conferences. There was also a significant number (145) of scientific events held by the University.

Research Statistics, 2012

ACADEMIC AND/OR RESEARCH STAFF AT VILNIUS UNIVERSITY IN 2012

Faculty/
Institute/
Centre
Academic staffResearch staffDoctoral
students 2012 12 31
Total
ProfessorsDocentsLecturersAssistantsTotalTotalChief
Research
Fellows
Senior
Research
Fellows
Research
Fellows
Junior Research
Fellows
Chemistry 17 17 11 1 46 13 - 2 4 7 46 105
Communication 8 13 28 - 49 2 2 - - - 21 72
Economics 17 46 43 14 120 - - - - - 42 162
History 5 23 8 3 39 16 - - 3 13 35 90
Humanities (in Kaunas) 15 43 39 1 98 1 - - 1 - 40 139
Law 10 25 38 13 86 - - - - - 85 171
Mathematics and Informatics 15 45 66 27 153 7 3 1 1 2 40 200
Medicine 62 119 146 303 630 73 1 18 17 37 94 797
Natural Sciences 31 50 32 - 113 39 3 10 14 12 69 221
Philology 17 50 54 60 181 23 2 5 6 10 44 248
Philosophy 18 34 20 - 72 10 1 3 3 3 76 158
Physics 30 26 10 1 67 48 5 28 7 8 64 179
Institute of International Relations
and Political Science
7 15 6 17 45 4 1 1 1 1 19 68
Institute of Applied Research - - - - - 27 6 8 7 6 - 27
Institute of Foreign Languages 2 9 53 27 91   - - - - - - 91
Others 5 10 26 3 44 10 1 2 6 1 - 54
Institute of Mathematics and Informatics - - - - - 48 15 17 15 1 54 102
Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy - - - - - 50 9 19 10 12 15 65
Institute of Biotechnology - - - - - 82 8 35 15 24 30 112
Institute of Biochemistry - - - - - 57 7 15 24 11 19 76
Total: 259 525 580 470 1834 510 64 164 134 148 793 3137

DOCTORAL THESES DEFENDED

Type of theses2009201020112012
Doctoral 122 117 151 169

BUDGET-FINANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS

Faculty/Institute/CentreNumber of research projects
201020112012
Chemistry 8 9 9
Communication 4 4 4
Economics 10 10 10
History 4 4 4
Humanities (in Kaunas) 6 6 6
Law 6 6 5
Mathematics and Informatics 9 9 10
Medicine 60 56 51
Natural Sciences 25 25 22
Philology 10 10 10
Philosophy 12 12 12
Physics 15 14 13
Institute of International Relations and Political Science 5 5 5
Institute of Applied Research 6 5 6
Institute of Foreign Languages 3 3 3
Centres 5 5 5
Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy 11 10 9
Institute of Biochemistry - 7 7
Institute of Biotechnology - 10 9
Institute of Mathematics and Informatics - 10 9
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SUPPORT BY RESEARCH COUNCIL OF LITHUANIA IN 2012

Type of projectsReceived sum
in 2012 (thou LTL)
National programmes 5814.6
Global grants 7031.85
Research projects and international research projects 7723.74
Post-doc research projects 2140.04
Conferences, mobility and other projects 1230.88
Total: 23941.12

SUPPORT BY RESEARCH COUNCIL OF LITHUANIA IN 2012

EXTERNAL FUNDING, 2012

Research Council of Lithuania 23941.1
Research projects carried out by request of the state institutions 2675.09
Structural funds for R&D 4044.48
International science programmes, projects and contracts 3782.72
Ordered research projects 2794.12

external funding 2012

EXTERNAL FUNDING, 2010-2012

2010 2011 2012
RESEARCH COUNCIL OF LITHUANIAN 11640.4 18307.1 23941.1
RESEARCH PROJECTS OF STATE INSTITUTIONS 569.79 1978.39 2675.09
INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE PROGRAMMES, PROJECTS 3338.24 5352.75 3782.72
ORDERED RESEARCH PROJECTS 1085.49 2067.43 2794.12

external funding 2010-2012

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS IN 2012 (2013 02 14)

publications

CONFERENCES, SEMINARS etc., HELD AT VILNIUS UNIVERSITY 2010 – 2012

conferences

Awards in 2012

AWARDS OF LITHUANIA’S SCIENCE

  • In the field of Physical Sciences

V. Balevičius, V. Šablinskas, for the cycle of works Spectrometry of Critical Phenomena and Structural Changes in Extreme Media (19972011).

R. Baronas, F. Ivanauskas, for the cycle of works Modelling Mathematical Nonlinear Processes and Systems in Non-Homogeneous Media (19972011).

  • In the field of Biomedical Sciences

D. Matulis, for the cycle of works Creation and Study of Carboanhydrases and Chaperone Absorbers Applying Bio Thermodynamic Methods (19972011).

Ž. Lukšienė (with the colleague), for the cycle of works Quality and Safety Study of Fruits and Vegetables: Development of Innovative Technologies (19972011).

AWARDS OF THE LITHUANIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS

M. Dobrynina, for the work Construction of Criminal Knowing in Public Discourse.

G. Gasiūnas, for the work DNA Interference Mechanism in CRISPR/Cas Systems of Type II.

R. Čepulytė-Rakauskienė, for the work Potato Cystic Nematoids Globodera rostochiensis and Globodera pallida, Study of their Chemo Ecological Interaction with the Host Plant.

I. Griškova-Bulanova for the work Non-invasive Assessment of Electrical Response of the Brain: Impact of Non-medical Treatment and State.

SCHOLARSHIPS OF THE LITHUANIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS

I. Griškova-Bulanova, M. Malinauskas.

OTHER AWARDS AND PRIZES

K. Nastopka became Laureate of the National Culture and Art Award.  

A. P. Piskarskas awarded the Baltic Assembly Science Premium for research in the fields of lasers and nonlinear optics.

L. A. Telksnys awarded the Baltic Assembly medal for active cooperation with the Baltic countries in introducing information technologies in scientific research and developing the Internet, in creating academic computer networks and ensuring their interaction.

A. P. Piskarskas, K. Sasnauskas, Z. Butkus, E. Kūris, A. Žukauskas, A. Poviliūnas, Z. Norkus, V. Razumas, D. Kaunas awarded “Golden Fortune” medals (the Ukraine) by the International Academy of Rating Technologies and Sociology.

D. Leinartė elected to the Women’s Discrimination Abolishment Committee of the UN at the meeting of the United Nations member-states.

J. P. Jankauskas awarded prize “Sport and Harmonious Development” by the International Olympic Committee.  

V. Grigas awarded the title of the best young librarian for strengthening library position, for creating inspiring, attractive study and research environment as well as for applying novel and creative solutions in the sphere of serving customers.

J. Karpavičienė awarded Eike von Repgow premium in Magdeburg, granted to German and foreign scientists, whose research contributes to deeper acquaintance with the middle Elbe region culture and history, disclosure of past relations of the historical Saxony region with other European regions.