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
On 13 May 2019 the Commission launched a call for expression of interest for members of five Mission Boards to help specify, design and implement missions for Horizon Europe. It will be open until 11 June 2019. The Commission is looking for a broad mix of experts from industry and innovation, research, policy making, practitioner organisations and also from end users, which are appointed in a personal capacity and have a deep commitment to the success of the missions.
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.
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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.
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.