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22 Feb 2018

Mazzucato Report calls for mission-oriented EU R&I

Today the European Commission has published a paper by Professor Mariana Mazzucato entitled "Mission-Oriented Research and Innovation in the European Union - a problem-solving approach to fuel innovation-led growth". The paper was presented by Prof. Mazzucato to Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation and presents her vision of mission-oriented future EU research and innovation. The report is the latest in a series of inputs the Commission will consider in shaping the post-Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme. 

Among the ambitious but concrete goals mentioned in the paper are a plastic-free ocean, 100 carbon neutral cities by 2030, or decreasing the burden of dementia. Setting EU-level research and innovation missions with such ambitious goals can inspire European citizens, push the frontier for research and innovation, drive economic growth, and help solve some of our society's biggest challenges.

Commissioner Moedas said: "Mariana Mazzucato provides the Commission with a valuable vision at a crucial point in the drafting of the next EU research and innovation programme. Her report provides clear insight in how research and innovation missions can create impact with societal relevance and how to design and implement such missions. I believe this will be another important step in the evolution of how we invest in research and innovation at the European level.

Professor Mazzucato said: "Innovation has both a rate and a direction. Missions provide a way to harness and direct the power of research and innovation, not only to stimulate economic activity and growth, but also to find innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time. I hope that my input will be a valuable resource so Europe can take a bold and visionary step forward.

The report recommends five key criteria for the selection of missions at EU level. They must:

  • be bold and inspirational, with wide societal relevance
  • be ambitious, but with realistic research & innovation actions
  • foster cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and cross-actor innovation
  • set a clear direction: targeted, measureable and time-bound
  • require multiple, bottom-up solutions

The Commission has announced that it will call on the public and research and innovation stakeholders for feedback on the report, including suggestions for possible EU research and innovation missions. The call for feedback will be available shortly.

For more information:

EC DG RTD - News

Mazzucato Report:  Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union - A problem-solving approach to fuel innovation-led growth

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