On 22nd February Professor Mariana Mazzucato (PhD), presented the report “Missions: A problem-solving approach to fuel innovation-led growth” to European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. The report emphasises the importance for the future EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9) to embrace the mission-oriented policy approach. According to Professor Mazzucato, “missions are primarily a way to orchestrate the rich diversity of talent and expertise that today lies most fragmented or untapped across Europe” and are a tool to foster economic growth while meeting the global challenges that the Sustainable Development Goals aim to solve. The report proposes a set of criteria for EU policy makers to select concrete, measurable and achievable missions, and sets out some approaches for their implementation.
Just a few days after, ERRIN Opening Science Working Group timely organised a meeting on “Missions in FP9”. The event saw two experts, Thomas Midtgaard, Policy Officer at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, and Robbert Fisher, Managing Director of the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy (JIIP), explaining the concept of missions. The presentations were followed by a debate with the audience on the role of the regions within the future FP9. The mission-oriented policy within FP9 could be an interesting approach to enhance policy coherence, and to encourage bottom-up solutions to the challenges throughout FP9.
ERRIN, together with its Policy and Opening Science Working Groups are now evaluating the possibility to answer the call for feedback launched by the European Commission following the publication of Professor’s Mazzucato report. The call is open until 3rd April.
This would complement the ERRIN policy work, namely the responses to the MFF consultations in the fields of Cohesion and research & innovation submitted last week. To know more about ERRIN’s involvement in the ongoing discussion on the overall Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and FP9, read more here.