Last 21 February, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission published a report gathering recommendations to move towards an inclusive and sustainable future, led by innovation.
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner of the Research and Innovation Directorate, invited Professor Mariana Mazzucato to give her view and guidance on strategy to address current and future challenges through research and innovation.
The ongoing Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, reflects how Europe is striving for tackling critical societal challenges.
Built on relevant and notorious examples, Professor Mazzucato emphasizes the necessity of a mission-driven approach, where research and innovation improve society’s welfare. The complete report is available online at the following address: https://data.europa.eu/doi/10.2777/360325.
The collected outcomes and guidelines will be used to prepare the Horizon 2020 successor, the Ninth Framework Programme, FP9.
FP9 will run from 2021 to 2027, and, although it still has to be decided, a research committee for the European Parliament proposed a 120 billion € budget for the multiannual programme.
The European Commission has been paving the way for the launch of the FP9 for some time. Preparatory activities have included: the assessment of the role of the new European Innovation Council (EIC), interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, an evaluation of the future contexts of EU research and innovation policy, among others.
The last action taken in this regard is a Call for feedback on missions, based on the report by Professor Mazzucato. For this purpose, a dedicated EU survey was launched on 22 February and will be opened until 3 April 2018.