пятница, 31 июля 2015 г.

The key messages on Open Innovation and SME Instrument by EC Commissioner Carlos Moedas

Focus on the most important messages delivered during the “A new start for Europe: Opening up to an ERA of Innovation” Conference

Last 22th June 2015, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, made a speech in relation with “A new start for Europe: Opening up to an ERA of Innovation” Conference.

He explained that with Horizon 2020, the EC is funding research on an unprecedented scale but, he said:  “we are facing three major challenges:
  • We are too rarely succeeding in getting research results to market. Technologies developed in Europe are most of the time commercialized elsewhere.
  • Although Europe generates more scientific output than any other region in the world, in some areas we fall behind on the very best science. At the same time, there is a revolution happening in the way science works. Every part of the scientific method is becoming an open, collaborative and participative process.
  • Europe punches below its weight in international science and science diplomacy. Our collective scientific importance should be matched by a more active voice in global debates”.

To overcome these three challenges, Carlos Moedas sees three strategic priorities:

“Open Innovation”, which is about involving far more actors in the innovation process, from researchers, to entrepreneurs, to users, to governments and civil society. Carlos Moedas wants open innovation to capitalise on the results of European research and innovation. This means creating the right ecosystems, increasing investment, and bringing more companies and regions into the knowledge economy.

The Commissioner also wants to increase use of venture capital and venture capital fund in order to help companies grow from early stage to mid-cap and from mid-cap to global players.
In parallel, he believes a regulatory environment for innovation is needed which is in adequacy with the principle and the fast-moving processes of technology and innovation.

“Open Science” will be centred on promoting excellence in science in all countries in Europe by two ways : open a call for European Science Cloud Project and launch a new European Research Integrity Initiative by the end of this year.

Finally, “Openness to the world” are the keys words to launch a large program of international collaborations to help partnerships between continents.

To conclude, Carlos Moedas gives hope to all candidates for European Funding with above threshold score but not being funded:
“Together with Commissioner Cretu, I plan to introduce a "seal of excellence" for applicants that are evaluated as excellent but cannot obtain financing from Horizon 2020, to help them access Structural Funds. This will start with applicants to the SME instrument.”