Title: Orienting European Innovation Systems towards Grand Challenges and the Roles that FTA Can Play
Authors: CAGNIN CristianoAMANATIDOU EffieKEENAN Michael
Citation: SCIENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY vol. 39 no. 2 p. 140-152
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC69481
ISSN: 0302-3427
URI: http://spp.oxfordjournals.org/content/39/2/140.full
DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scs014
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: A strong research and innovation policy discourse has emerged the last years around the need to address ‘grand challenges’, particularly at EU level. The paper highlights the contributions future-oriented technology analysis (FTA) might make to orienting innovation processes towards grand challenges. It takes a ‘systems of innovation’ approach and focuses on the structural and functional aspects of such systems to consider the relevant roles of FTA. In this context, FTA can generate “informing“, “structuring“ and “capacity-building“ benefits while enabling a shift in innovation foci towards grand challenges. However, FTA could be better exploited to deliver its “structuring” and ‘capacity building’ benefits, which are hardly recognised in the EU’s existing innovation policy instruments, in order to effectively reorient EU innovation systems towards grand challenges.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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