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Download here a copy of the English summary of State of Dutch Innovation 2018
According to the authors of the publication, mission-driven policy is shaped by ambition and courage, and requires co-creation with stakeholders and citizens. Research and innovation also contribute to a better understanding of the challenges. This should also lead to new insights and solutions. But many of the challenges require more than just scientific and technological solutions. They encourage the modernisation of legislation and regulations, information, new standards and incentives that promote different behaviour.
Many of the current challenges are cross-border by nature. According to TNO, successful mission-driven policy therefore requires further international cooperation and coordination. The European, national and often regional dimensions of the challenges must be taken into account. Scalable solutions are also a crucial factor. In the new publication TNO offers nine rules of thumb to further shape this approach.
Focco Vijselaar, director-general on Companies & Innovation of the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy, received the first copy from Paul de Krom, CEO of TNO. De Krom emphasised that “Shaping missions and formulating effective mission-driven policy is not an easy task, but successful classic missions such as the Delta Works show that joint action by government, companies, knowledge institutions, challengers and citizens makes a lot possible.” Vijselaar underlined the relevance of the publication: “This report provides tools to synthesise mission policy in order to tackle societal challenges. In the EU, nationally and regionally.
The 2018 publication of State of Dutch Innovation also fits in TNO's recent work in preparation for the development of Horizon Europe. As partner of a European consortium, TNO has done extensive research, which resulted in two studies, on the concept of mission-oriented research and innovation policy, its potential impact and critical success factors. The research contributed to the European Commission thinking regarding its initial proposals for Horizon Europe.