Mantas Pupinis

Mantas has over 8 years of experience in policy analysis and advising international, EU and national public sector leaders. He is mainly focusing on research, innovation, higher education, social and labour market policies. At PPMI, Mantas designs and leads international, multi-method analytical assignments that help the European Commission and the national governments develop better policies and improve their implementation. Since the very beginning of his career, Mantas has also been heavily involved in designing and implementing performance monitoring systems, developing measurable and actionable indicators, and tracking their achievement progress.

In his very recent work, Mantas has helped the European Commission to design a simpler and fairer financial system for the worlds’ largest researchers’ mobility programme – Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions – which in 2021-2027 will provide over 6 billion EUR in grants to the world’s top PhD students and experienced researchers. Currently, he is focusing on developing a roadmap to better integrate Lithuanian industrial companies into the European and global value chains, developing a common European approach towards micro-credentials, and supporting the European Commission in monitoring the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation.


Key areas of expertise

  • Policy areas: research & innovation, higher education, employment & social protection
  • Methods: interviews, surveys, case studies, descriptive and inferential statistical analysis, literature review, quantitative and qualitative content analysis
  • EU programmes: Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, Horizon 2020, Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme, Erasmus+



  • MA in International Relations and European Studies (with distinction), Central European University, 2012
  • BA in Political Science, Vilnius University, 2011


Selected projects

Roadmap for the integration of the Lithuanian industry into European value chains (European Commission, DG REFORM, 2020-ongoing)

Towards a European approach for micro-credentials: a study of practices and commonalities in offering micro-credentials in European higher education (European Commission, DG EAC, 2020-ongoing)

Support to the monitoring of the performance of the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) for the year 2017-2020 (European Commission, DG EMPL, 2018-ongoing)

Mapping and analysis of student-centred learning and teaching practices: usable knowledge to support more inclusive, high-quality higher education (European Commission, DG EAC, 2019-2020)

Review of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions unit costs in preparation for Horizon Europe (European Commission, DG EAC, 2019-2020)

Study on international cooperation in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (European Commission, DG EAC, 2018-2019)

Data gathering and information for the 2018 European Research Area Progress Report (European Commission, DG RTD, 2018-2019)

Study to evaluate the progress on quality assurance systems in the area of higher education in the Member States and on cooperation activities at European level (European Commission, DG EAC, 2017-2018)

Support to the monitoring of the performance of the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) for the year 2015-2016 (European Commission, DG EMPL, 2016-2018)

Study of business participation and entrepreneurship in Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (FP7 and Horizon 2020) (European Commission, DG EAC, 2016-2017)

Assessing the Union Added Value and the Economic Impact of the EU Framework Programmes (FP7, Horizon 2020) (European Commission, DG RTD, 2015-2017)

3rd interim evaluation of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) (European Commission, DG EAC, 2015-2016)

Evaluation of the operation of European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) in 2012-2015 (European Commission, DG RTD, 2015-2016)

Evaluation of the operation of Research Executive Agency (REA) in 2012-2015 (European Commission, DG RTD, 2015-2016)

Ex-post evaluation of the Health theme in FP7 (European Commission, DG RTD, 2014-2016)

Support to the Launch of the Successor Programme to Progress, EURES and Progress Microfinance Facility (EaSI) and the Monitoring of its Performance (European Commission, DG EMPL, 2013-2015)

Delivering public services: a greater role for the private sector? (Eurofound, 2014-2015)

Evaluation of the information policy on the CAP (European Commission, DG AGRI, 2014-2015)

Performance Monitoring 2011-2013 of the EU Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity PROGRESS 2007-2013 (European Commission, DG EMPL, 2012-2013)

Study on the social and creative situation of young artists in Lithuania (Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, 2013)

Good practice in urban development: projects and approaches supported by the European Regional Development Fund during the 2007-2013 programming period (European Commission, DG REGIO, 2012)

Enhancing Efficiency of Lithuania’s EU Affairs System (Office of the Prime Minister, 2011; project funded by the European Social Fund)

E-solution:NOWORRIES Agency Developing esthetics.