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GOALS OF RESEARCH AND INNOVATION POLICY

Open innovation, open science and open to the world are the 3 main policy goals for EU research and innovation. They were set by Commissioner Carlos Moedas in 2015.

 

OPEN INNOVATION

This means opening up the innovation process to people with experience in fields other than academia and science.

By including more people in the innovation process, knowledge will circulate more freely.

This knowledge can then be used to develop products and services that can create new markets.

Open innovation policy initiatives, funding and support services 

OPEN SCIENCE

This is an approach to the scientific process that focuses on spreading knowledge as soon as it is available using digital and collaborative technology. 

This is a change from the standard practice of publishing results in scientific publications only at the end of the research process.

There are a number of groups and platforms that work on open science


OPEN TO THE WORLD

This means promoting international cooperation in the research community.

Doing this will allow Europe to access the latest knowledge worldwide, recruit the best talent, tackle global challenges and create business opportunities in emerging markets.

International cooperation policies, initiatives and international research agreements

IN DETAIL AND PAST POLICY GOALS

You can download the book, A Vision for Europe  which explains in detail, the thinking behind these policy goals and how they will be achieved. 


A vision for Europe

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A vision for Europe

Open innovation, open science, open to the world


Past policy

These policy goals succeed the earlier research and innovation policy, Innovation Union.

OPEN INNOVATION RESOURCES

POLICY SUPPORTING OPEN INNOVATION 

Better regulations for innovation-driven investment at EU Level  is a document that analyses how regulation in the EU hampers or stimulates innovation.

Innovation Deals are voluntary cooperation agreements between the EU, innovators and regional or local authorities. They evaluate specific EU rules or regulations to see if they are a barrier to innovation. 

The Innovation Principle makes sure that when a policy is developed, its impact on innovation is fully taken into account.

The Policy Support Facility helps improve the design, implementation and evaluation of national and regional research and innovation policies. It is open to EU countries and countries involved in Horizon 2020.

FUNDING FOR INNOVATORS

European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot  brings together a number of innovation funding schemes in one place. There is also a wizard tool to help you find the right funding scheme.

Proof of concept grants are provided by the European Research Council (ERC) to those who have already received funding from the ERC and want to explore the commercial potential of their work.

InnovFIN schemes are financing tools and advisory services offered by the European Investment Bank group. 

European Fund for Strategic Investments  mobilises private funding for strategic investments to increase the level of investment in Europe.

  

The Pan-European Venture Capital Fund-of-Funds programme will help increase the scale of venture capital funds in Europe and attract private investors.

EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME) supports access to finance and markets for small and medium businesses.

  

Innovation procurement schemes can incentivise specific innovation. 

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR INNOVATORS

European innovation partnerships focus on challenges that can benefit society, modernise sectors and markets. They are launched in areas where it is clear that combining EU, national and regional efforts in research and development will produce effective results. 

Knowledge and innovation communities are partnerships between businesses, research centres and universities that develop new services and can start new companies.

The Innovation radar initiative identifies project innovations that have big potential,  in Horizon 2020, the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP7), and the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).


The Seal of Excellence is a quality label given to project proposals that were submitted to Horizon 2020, positively evaluated but could not be funded. The seal is designed to help these projects find other funding.

Enterprise Europe Network has 600 members including national chambers of commerce and development agencies. They can help small and medium sized business make the most of opportunities in the EU with business innovation support and networking.

IMPORTANT LINKS

DOWNLOAD " Open Innovation - Open Science - Open to the World", by the European Commission .


It brings together some of the key conceptual insights behind Open Innovation, Open Science and Open to the World and highlights actions that are already taking place or are being prepared