Call for feedback on missions

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.

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