What is a mission-oriented approach?

This is an approach to policy-making which means setting defined goals, with specific targets and working to achieve them in a set time

Why do we need a mission-oriented approach?

The interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 and the high level group chaired by Pascal Lamy found that the next framework programme for research and innovation would need to 

  • make it easier for citizens to understand the value of investments in research and innovation
  • maximise the impact of investments by setting clearer targets and expected impact when addressing global challenges

One way this could be done is by following a mission-oriented approach.

How would missions work?

A number of missions will be included in Horizon Europe the next framework programme and these will specifically target global challenges. The target would be clearly measurable and need to be achievable with a portfolio of research and innovation measures.

Get involved and shape the Commission's approach

The Commission held a call for feedback on missions which was open for contributions from 22 February 2018 until 4 April 2018.

The aim was to get feedback on the Mission-oriented research & innovation in the European Unionreport and come up with some concrete mission proposals that will feed into the preparatory work for the next framework programme.

Analysing call for feedback results

Studies and reports

To support the development of a mission-oriented approach, the Commission has engaged research and innovation policy experts and commissioned a number of studies.

In all cases, the views expressed reflect the opinion of the author and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the Commission.

Expert reports

Mission-oriented research & innovation in the EU: A problem-solving approach to fuel innovation-led growth
ReportFebruary 2018Research and Innovation

Mission-oriented research & innovation in the EU: A problem-solving approach to fuel innovation-led growth

This report is the result of Professor Mazzucato’s reflections based on her research, with inputs through a consultation process
Mission-oriented research and innovation policy: A RISE perspective
StudyMarch 2018Research and Innovation

Mission-oriented research and innovation policy: A RISE perspective

The members of the RISE working group on Mission-oriented R&I policy provide their perspective on how such a policy could work at EU level
Towards a mission-oriented research and innovation policy in the EU: An ESIR memorandum
StudyMarch 2018Research and Innovation

Towards a mission-oriented research and innovation policy in the EU: An ESIR memorandum

Executive summary of the input on the economic rationale for missions from the expert group on the Economic and Societal Impact of Research and Innovation
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Impact assessments, case studies and inventory of mission-oriented initiatives 

The Joint Institute for Innovation Policy (JIIP) with its members have conducted 2 studies to support the development of a mission-oriented approach in European research and innovation.

These studies include an inventory and characterisation of past initiatives as well as an assessment of the impact a mission-oriented research and innovation approach would have.

Mission-oriented research and innovation: Inventory and characterisation of initiatives (Final report)
StudyMay 2018Research and Innovation

Mission-oriented research and innovation: Inventory and characterisation of initiatives (Final report)

The study collects and analyses evidence of current and recent mission-oriented R&I initiatives in EU Member States and other major world economies.

 

As part of the work for these studies, a number of individual case studies were developed examining previous and current examples of mission-oriented research and innovation policies.