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.
Shaping the approach - mission boards and feedback
On 13 May 2019 the Commission launched a call for expression of interest for members of 5 mission boards to help specify, design and implement missions for Horizon Europe.
On 4 July 2019 at the Informal COMPET Council in Helsinki, Commissioner Carlos Moedas announced the chairs of the Horizon Europe mission boards and received the second report on mission-oriented research and innovation - Governing Missions in the European Union by Professor Mariana Mazzucato
Mission boards - areas and composition
The mission boards, composed of a broad mix of experts from innovation, research, policy making, civil society and practitioner organisations, held their first meetings in September 2019.
Each mission board consists of 15 experts, including the chair.
By the end of 2019, they will identify the first possible specific missions on
- adaptation to climate change
- healthy oceans, seas coastal and inland waters
- climate-neutral and smart cities
- soil health and food
Each mission are also has an assembly that gathers a larger number of high-level experts. The assemblies provide an additional pool of ideas, knowledge and expertise that will be actively called upon to contribute to the success of the 5 missions.
Feedback on 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.
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.
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.