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News article25 October 2023Directorate-General for Research and Innovation1 min read

A Transformative EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation?

Our societies are dealing with complex and interconnected challenges like climate change, environmental degradation, and pandemics, all of which reveal societal vulnerabilities. Innovation experts advocate for broader societal transformations that go beyond technology, encompassing areas like energy, mobility, and agriculture. Transformative Innovation Policy is seen as crucial for providing solutions to tackle these challenges enabling long-term planning, driving change and being able to adapt to emerging needs.

Our two recent publications delve into how to strengthen Transformative Innovation Policy in the EU Framework Programme for R&I.The first study assesses the transformative nature of the EU Framework Programme for R&I. Spanning from the 6th framework program in 2002 to Horizon Europe in 2023, the policy brief tracks a significant shift from pure technological innovation to addressing broader societal challenges and Sustainable Development Goals in EU R&I policies. It highlights increased budget allocation and Framework Programme expansion, emphasizing innovative funding instruments prioritizing directionality, stakeholder participation, and experimentation support.

The second study emphasises that the use of a systems approach, including system-based methods, within the R&I policy cycle can foster adaptability, collaboration, and long-term impact, supporting the Transformative potential of EU R&I policy.

The results of these studies may feed into the discussions for the preparation of the next Framework Programme FP10 and support a greater transformative impact of the FP.

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Publication date
25 October 2023
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation