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LATVIAN RESEARCH SYSTEM
Maija Bundule
Department for Research, Technology and Innovation
Ministry of Education and Scien...
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Content
• RTD institutional system in Latvia
• The role of Governmental Institutions
• Main policy documents
• Funding m...
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RTD Structure in LATVIA
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PARLIAMENT (SAEIMA)
Main Legal Act:
The Low on Scientific Activity(19.05.2005.)
Responsibilities of the Saeima
• Adoptio...
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GOVERNMENT
(The Cabinet of Ministers)
• Makes decisions on the state research and technology
policy;
• Accepts rules and...
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The Ministry of Education and Science
• Department for Research, Technology and
Innovation
• Drafting of laws and other ...
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The Latvian Council of Science
The Latvian Council of Science is a collegial body (public
institution) of researchers th...
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The Latvian Council of Science
• Makes conceptual proposals on science policy for the Cabinet
of Ministers and the Minis...
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Expert commissions of the Latvian
Council of Science
Members of expert commissions are elected by scientists who are
act...
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Main research and technology
development policy documents
• Guidelines for higher education, research and
technology de...
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Main research and technology
development policy documents
• The Law on Research Activities (2005)
– Reorganization of t...
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Guidelines for higher education, research and
technology development for 2002-2010
 Aims:
 reorientation of Latvian r...
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National Lisbon programme for 2005-2008,
priority tasks
• Ensure substantial growth of public investment in research
an...
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Research priorities (2006-2009)
• Biomedicine and pharmacy,
• Information technologies,
• Material sciences,
• Forestry...
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State budget allocations for RTD
• Fundamental and applied research projects
• Market oriented research programme
• Sup...
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  1. 1. 1 LATVIAN RESEARCH SYSTEM Maija Bundule Department for Research, Technology and Innovation Ministry of Education and Science
  2. 2. 2 Content • RTD institutional system in Latvia • The role of Governmental Institutions • Main policy documents • Funding mechanisms
  3. 3. 3 RTD Structure in LATVIA *
  4. 4. 4 PARLIAMENT (SAEIMA) Main Legal Act: The Low on Scientific Activity(19.05.2005.) Responsibilities of the Saeima • Adoption of the states` RTD strategy • Allocation of the budget for research and development
  5. 5. 5 GOVERNMENT (The Cabinet of Ministers) • Makes decisions on the state research and technology policy; • Accepts rules and regulations in the area of science and research; • Makes decisions on the establishment, reorganising and abolishment of state research institutions; • Establishes, re-organizes and abolishes higher education • establishments; • Orders state research programmes; • Defines national research priorities for basic and applied • research.
  6. 6. 6 The Ministry of Education and Science • Department for Research, Technology and Innovation • Drafting of laws and other legislative acts, their • harmonization with European legislation; • Working out and realization of state education and science policies; • Representation of the State interests in international arena • Distribution of the State budget in the areas of education and science; • Analysis of the statistical data on education and science, analytical reviews;
  7. 7. 7 The Latvian Council of Science The Latvian Council of Science is a collegial body (public institution) of researchers that deals with science and research problems within the country; The Council was founded in 1990 by the Council of Ministers; Since 1999 it is working according to a special regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers “On the Latvian Council of Science”(updated in 2006).
  8. 8. 8 The Latvian Council of Science • Makes conceptual proposals on science policy for the Cabinet of Ministers and the Ministry of Education and Science; • Makes proposals for the development of science and research priority areas; • Proposes the draft of the state science budget (for basic research) for the current year; • Elaborates on projects for decisions and legislative acts aimed at developing the organizational and financing system for science and research; • Organizes the evaluation and funding of basic and applied research projects; • Promotes cooperation and integration between research institutes and higher education institutions.
  9. 9. 9 Expert commissions of the Latvian Council of Science Members of expert commissions are elected by scientists who are actively involved in the respective field (branch of science): 1) Natural sciences and mathematics; 2) Engineering and computer sciences; 3) Biology and medical sciences; 4) Agricultural, environmental, earth and wood sciences; 5) Social sciences and humanities
  10. 10. 10 Main research and technology development policy documents • Guidelines for higher education, research and technology development for 2002-2010 (2001) • Single Programming Document (2003) • National Innovation Programme (2003) and its Action Plan for 2004-2006 • National Reform Plan for 2005-2008 (2005) • National Development Plan (to be adopted) • National Structural Implementing Document (2006) and Operational Programmes
  11. 11. 11 Main research and technology development policy documents • The Law on Research Activities (2005) – Reorganization of the research institutional system – Integration of research in higher education system – New principles for research funding – Fulfilling of Barselona 3% target • Research and Technology Development White Book • Research and Technology Development Strategy
  12. 12. 12 Guidelines for higher education, research and technology development for 2002-2010  Aims:  reorientation of Latvian research potential towards European and national priorities;  strengthening the leading role of universities as a basis for development of higher education, research and innovation;  renewal of research potential involving researchers in solving the actual economic, cultural and social problems. 
  13. 13. 13 National Lisbon programme for 2005-2008, priority tasks • Ensure substantial growth of public investment in research and development to achieve that the mechanism for granting finances would ensure the attraction of private investment as much as possible; • Strengthen the leading role of higher educational establishments in the development of science and research; • Consolidate the intellectual potential of science and develop applied research in the areas of innovative technologies, create preconditions for scientific research in fields, which have adequate potential and development prospects.
  14. 14. 14 Research priorities (2006-2009) • Biomedicine and pharmacy, • Information technologies, • Material sciences, • Forestry and wood processing technologies, • Energetic, • Environmental science (research on Baltic Sea), • Agrobiotechnology, • Medical science, • Letonics (Latvian culture, language and history)
  15. 15. 15 State budget allocations for RTD • Fundamental and applied research projects • Market oriented research programme • Support for successful projects supported by EU RTD programmes • National research programmes (in compliance with research priorities) • EU Structural funds – Support for applied research projects – Modernisation of research infrastructure • Maintenance of research infrastructure

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