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Date: 30/03/2018 15:03:15

Call for feedback on missions


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Welcome to the call for feedback on missions on the basis of the report by Professor Mariana Mazzucato. The call for feedback will be open until Tuesday 3 April 2018.


The Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020 as well as the high level group chaired by Pascal Lamy highlighted the need to maximise the impact of the next framework programme for research and innovation and to find a way to make it easier for citizens and society to understand the value of the investments in research and innovation. Furthermore, it is important to find out how to direct innovation to solve the pressing global challenges of our time. Part of the answer to these challenges could be to go for a mission-oriented approach in the global challenge pillar in the next Framework Programme for research and innovation.

Missions could be a powerful way to create measurable impact, with a transformative potential for science, technology, industry and society that also captures the imagination of our citizens.

Missions are to be set in between broad global challenges and specific projects (see image above). They should have a clearly defined, measurable target to be achieved through a portfolio of research and innovation actions within a set timeframe. 

Professor Mariana Mazzucato has been asked by Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas to advise him on missions. On 22 February 2018 Professor Mariana Mazzucato presented her report on missions. The report describes the rationale for EU level research and innovation missions, the concept, as well as key criteria to select missions and important considerations for their successful implementation. You can read the report here.

Just below you can download a set of slides briefly explaining the content of the Mazzucato report.


Slides on the Mazzucato report

This call for feeback collects your views on different aspects of future research and innovation missions. The results will feed into the preparatory work for the post-2020 EU R&I programme and its implementation.

This survey is addressed to the general public as well as to research and innovation stakeholders.

It will take you 5 – 10 minutes to answer the questions.

We may publish your contribution on the webpage on the next framework programme You can select your privacy options at the end of the survey.

Professor Mazzucato has suggested 5 criteria for how EU research and innovation missions should be selected. Please see more on pages 14-15 in the report and slide 5.
Using a scale from 1 = Not at all important to 4 = Very important, please rate the importance of the criteria proposed by Professor Mazzucato. Please rate for each criteria:
Don't know
EU R&I missions should be bold, inspirational with wide societal relevance
EU R&I missions should have a clear direction: should be targeted, measureable and time-bound
EU R&I missions should have ambitious but realistic research & innovation actions
EU R&I missions should be cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and cross-actor
EU R&I missions should foster multiple, bottom-up solutions
Please provide any further comments on the criteria to define research and innovation missions for instance other proposals for criteria:

Professor Mazzucato has suggested 4 key points for how EU research and innovation missions should be implemented. Please see more on pages 16-19 in the report and in slide 6.
Using a scale from 1 = Not at all important to 4 = Very important, please rate the importance of the points on how to implement missions proposed by Professor Mazzucato. Please rate for each point:
Don't know
EU R&I missions should engage a diverse set of national and regional stakeholders
Each EU R&I missions should have a clear goal and milestones to measure impact
EU R&I missions should be implemented through a portfolio of instruments to foster bottom up solutions
Implementation of EU R&I missions should be flexible, with pro-active management and building in-house capabilities
Please provide any further comments on Professor Mazzucato's suggestions for how to implement research and innovation missions for instance other proposals for important modalities for how to implement missons:
To encourage many innovative ideas, a CASCADING approach could be used by supporting many projects in phase 1, continue less in phase 2 and further support only a few - the most promising - in phase 3.
Professor Mazzucato has suggested that public engagement is important to the success of missions. Please see more on pages 21-22 in the report.
Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statement:
'Citizens should be consulted on the choice of missions'
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
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Further comments on whether citizens should be consulted on the choice of missions.

Please describe your ideas for EU research and innovation missions, which fulfil the 5 selection criteria as proposed in the report of Professor Mazzucato. Please limit your proposals to 5.
Proposal 1
500 character(s) maximum
1001 crops: Nutritional insufficiency and disease are closely linked and one of the greatest world challenges. We eat only 200 of >10.000 edible plants. Many neglected crops are rich in micronutrients, vitamins and health-promoting plant compounds. The mission will improve the performance and value of underutilized nutritious plants for diverse healthy diets grown sustainably. Economists, agronomists, processors, nutritionalists, clinicians, consumers and plant scientists will collaborate.
Proposal 2
500 character(s) maximum
Planty Food - Society is concerned about the impact of the human diet on climate and global warming. Eating less meat will mitigate climate change and improve animal welfare. The mission is to design innovative food-production strategies based on new / improved plant species that will benefit the environment and food accessibility, helping to alleviate malnutrition. Experts from farming, agronomy, natural variability and genome evolution, food processing, cooking and consumers will collaborate
Proposal 3
500 character(s) maximum
Green Bio-Factories: The transition to a bio-based economy is driven by rising prices and sustainability concerns. The challenge is global; the goal to unlock the potential of plant biodiversity for pharmaceuticals, flavours, fragrances, cosmetics, food and fine chemicals. The mission will require multidisciplinary efforts to identify new bioactives and new functions for known molecules, modulation of pathways to improve productivity, plant molecular farming and cellular agriculture.
Proposal 4
500 character(s) maximum
Proposal 5
500 character(s) maximum
If you would like to provide a more detailed contribution on missions, please click below to upload a document.

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European Plant Science Organisation, EPSO
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Background Documents
Slides on the Mazzucto report