How do we assess and encourage the success of the Innovation Union?
I3U Newsletter 2, May 2017

I3U - Investigating the Impact of the Innovation Union

'When you innovate, you create new industries that then boost your economy. And when you create new industries and that becomes part of your culture, your jobs can't go overseas because no one else has figured out how to do it yet.'
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Welcome to the second I3U newsletter! The newsletter provides yearly updates on project activities as well as announcements of papers, conferences and events. We hope this will help you understand more about the I3U project and what we mean by “investigating the impact of the Innovation Union”. We also hope that you will join our LinkedIn group where you can share your thoughts about the project and about the state of the Innovation Union in Europe.


Papers, Conferences and Events

New working papers and articles on the progress of the Innovation Union will be available over the coming months from Michele Cincera and Anabela Santos from ULB, Solvay-iCite. The team of researchers at WIIW have been working on a number of things as well. Specifically, a special issue of the WIIW Monthly Report will be released with short contributions by Sandor Richter (WIIW), Berenike Ecker ZSI), Marta Mackiewicz (WERI) and Hermine Vidovic (WIIW) on the implementation and impact assessment of 4 commitments, followed by a joint WERI-WIIW-ZSI Research Report analysing these same commitments. Moreover, there is an upcoming WIIW Research Report by Roman Römisch (WIIW) on the impact of R&D investments on productivity, employment and growth, as well as a WIIW Research Report on industry 4.0 by Hermine Vidovic (WIIW).
In addition, the consortium partners have been discussing the project at a number of conferences. Click read more to find out about upcoming conferences and events where partners are encouraged to present the work of I3U and the results achieved so far.

Quantifying Innovation and Access to Finance

Following the initial literature review and data collection, the “State of Implementation and Direct Impact Assessment” report regarding Innovation and Access to Finance aimed to explain the links between the targets of commitments 10 to 13[1] and their implementation in the NEMESIS model.
All four commitments were classified as “selected” regarding their implementation in the NEMESIS model because they have precise objectives, they have a significant direct impact on the European innovation system, and data to quantify them is available (with some restrictions).

Putting the Commitments in NEMESIS

An analysis of European innovation and of the 34 commitments has led to a re-evaluation of whether and how all 34 commitments can be put into the NEMESIS model.

Open Access to Research Results in the EU

Much work has been done on open access to research results and research information services (Commitment 20) in the second phase of the project. The team has focused on the availability and evaluation of scientific peer-review open access (OA) journals as well as OA repositories at universities in EU countries.

Facilitating Collaborative Research and Addressing Knowledge Transfer

The two components of Commitment 21, facilitating effective collaborative research and addressing knowledge transfer, particularly through technology transfer offices in public research institutions, are interrelated.

Scientific Cooperation and Research Projects with Third Countries

The main objectives of scientific cooperation with third countries (Commitment 31) are an increase in research projects with these countries and the improved international mobility of scientific knowledge and research results.


Implementation and Direct Impact Assessment of SMEs in R&I

The policy plans for increased SME participation in EU R&I funding have been fulfilled and have gone above the targeted 20% of the budget. As for the effectiveness of the EU funding intervention, the analyses suggest a significant positive relationship between increased investment in innovation and the productivity of small- to medium-sized firms.

Implementation and Impact Assessment of the EIT Strategic

To what degree has the Innovation Union’s commitment to set out the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) strategic agenda fulfilled its objectives? What role has this commitment played in achieving the stated policy targets in terms of stimulating innovation in Europe?


Implementation and Impact Assessment: Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3)

The allocation of ‘substantial financial resources’ (EU funds) to research and innovation and more efficient spending of these resources (Commitments 24/25) was achieved with the help of smart specialisation strategies (S3).  The S3 internet platform has been online since 2012, and has become an important tool to help Member States and their regions develop S3 strategies.


Implementation and Direct Impact of European Innovation Partnerships

An analytical overview done as part of the I3U project (Commitment 29) suggests that European Innovation Partnerships (EIP) have been effective in pursuing many of their objectives: their activities were relevant in addressing concrete societal problems in their respective areas and delivered an added value for the EU.

Impact Analysis of the Framework Programmes

Some recently conducted studies were aimed at conducting an impact analysis of the Seventh Framework Programme (2007-2013; FP7) and the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (2007-2013; CIP) on the level of innovation in the European Union, and to look at the transitions of the programmes into the H2020 initiative.

Constructing the Priority European Research Infrastructures

The aim of recent studies was to conduct an empirical analysis of the implementation of Innovation Union Commitment 5, related to the construction of research infrastructures (RIs) and their impact on innovation in Europe. As evidenced in the report, the EU was successful in reaching the direct goal of completion or at least initiation of 60% of priority ESFRI infrastructures.  

Strengthening the Science Base for Policy Making

The studies recently conducted on strengthening the science base for policy making through JRC; Forum on FLA (Commitment 8) had the following objectives: (1) To identify the state of implementation of Commitment 8; and, (2) To assess the impact on innovation of this commitment’s implementation.

The Roll Out of Global Research Infrastructures

The purpose of recent studies has been to investigate the state of implementation and assess the direct impact of Commitment 32, regarding the roll out of Global Research Infrastructures (GRIs). Due to their cost and complexity, these GRIs can only be developed on a global scale.

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