Exploring the Role of Policy Organisations in European Funded Research and Innovation

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It is often the role of public sector or ‘policy’ organisations to decide how best to spend allocated funding on the things that matter most to the everyday lives of people living in a region. The European Commission has long since sought to invest in research that will improve the wellbeing of citizens across regions. The challenge is how to enable policy organisations to access world leading research and innovation partnerships that are both developing and delivering innovation that will benefit citizens.
The exploratory research presented in this paper aims to understand the roles, motivations and challenges faced in policy maker engagement within European funded multi-stakeholder research projects. Open innovation will be used as an underpinning lens to understand collaboration dynamics within seven exemplar Horizon 2020 projects where policy organisation’s play a leading role in the consortium. Initial findings in this study show that co-creation of value in the projects was the ‘greatest benefit to the end user.’ There was widespread recognition of the need to have the users as central to the development of innovations, this ensures that the research outputs of pre-commercial projects are better ‘fit’ for current market needs and it has the added benefit of accelerating the innovation process, meaning much needed advances can be brought to those whom are in the greatest need for them more rapidly. Learning from others in the consortium was found to be of importance to the policy making organisations. This, in turn enabled the development of new dimensions for collaborations, such as: Online platforms, Shared practices, Big Data, technical innovations and systems or services change at a wider level. A greater understanding of the roles and willingness of public sector organisations to collaborate in projects with international partners is essential to ensure that the co-creation of much needed innovations is not hampered by operational or national priorities and knowledge spillover can be maximized.

Keywords: Healthcare, Public Sector, Open Innovation, Collaboration, Europe
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 Irish Academy of Management Conference
PublisherIrish Academy of Management
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 28 Aug 2019
EventIrish Academy of Management Conference - Dublin Institute of Technology
Duration: 7 Sept 2000 → …


ConferenceIrish Academy of Management Conference
Period7/09/00 → …


  • Healthcare, Public Sector, Open Innovation, Collaboration, Europe


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