shaping the FP9 framework programme, the Commission will consider a series of
inputs, including a report by Mariana Mazzucato entitled “Mission-Oriented
research and Innovation in the European Union”, that was presented to Carlos
Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation in early March. The
Commission is calling on the public and research and innovation stakeholders to
provide feedback on the said report.
The report argues that missions are a powerful tool to steer
economic growth, and the European policy agenda. They can provide the means to
focus research, innovation and investments on solving critical problems, while
also spurring growth, jobs and resulting in positive spillovers across many
Mariana Mazzucato recommends five key criteria for the
selection of missions at EU level:
- Bold and inspirational,
with wide societal relevance – Missions should make clear that through ambitious,
bold action at the European level, solutions will be developed that will
have an impact on people’s daily lives.
measurable and time-bound – Missions need to be very clearly framed. While
enabling long-term investments, they need a specific target. In addition,
they will need a clear timeframe within which actions should take place.
This needs to be long enough to allow the process to grow, for actors to
build relationships and interact, while at the same time being
but with realistic research & innovation actions – Mission
objectives should be set in an ambitious manner (taking risks), centred on
research and innovation activities across the entire innovation chain,
including the feedback effects between basic and applied research.
cross-sectoral and cross-actor innovation – Missions should be
framed in such a way as to spark activity across, and among, multiple
scientific disciplines (including social sciences and humanities), across
different industrial sectors (e.g. transport, nutrition, health,
services), and different types of actors (public, private, third sector,
civil society organisations).
- Multiple, bottom-up
– Missions should not be achievable by a single development path, or by a
single technology. They must be open to being addressed by different types
Interestingly, the report mentions that the experience from the
current FET flagships should prove valuable for designing and implementing
future missions, and applying the selection criteria, implementation
requirements and public engagement criterion proposed could increase the impact
and visibility of FET flagships as future missions.
For more information, please find the call for feedback here
and the report here.