Horizon 2020

The OECD’s Observatory of Public Sector Innovation has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The €1.5 million grant to the OPSI runs for three years (from 2016 to 2018) and will implement goals in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme “Europe in a Changing World: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies“.

The grant (agreement number 671526) will enable OPSI to support OECD countries and EU member states to increase the level of innovation in the public sector, by fostering theoretical and practical learning on innovative approaches; enhancing the sharing of ideas and co-creation of innovative solutions; and building the innovative capacity of public servants. Through the grant the Observatory will undertake a combination of research activities, initiatives and enhancement of the online platform to provide useful and practical tools to build capacities of public servants to generate innovation. This achieved through a number of distinct work packages.

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    Systems thinking

    This project will develop a conceptual framework, case studies and analysis with recommendations on how the public sector can adopt system thinking. Read more about our work on systems thinking.

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    Innovative cities

    This project will conduct a scan of urban innovations, profile and analyse their development process and intersections, and make recommendations on their diffusion in new city contexts.

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    Powering communities

    This project will bring together and enable a network of experts through the Innovators Single Contact Points (iSCP) to support other innovators in the public service.

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    Innovation lifecycle

    This project will apply a life-cycle approach to innovation dividing it into a number of stages for the sucessful adaption of tools and methods. Read our blog posts on the innovation lifecycle.

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    Innovation skills

    This project will undertake an inventory of innovation skills and learning environments for public servants and develop a training curricula and online courses.

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    New platform applications

    These applications will create a virtual innovation project support and an online interactive toolbox to help public sector innovators.

What is Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s Research and Innovation programme which provides nearly €80 billion of funding and private investment from 2014 to 2020 to encourage breakthroughs and discoveries by taking ideas from the lab to the market. It is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 initiative aimed at driving economic growth, job creation and competitiveness. By combining research and innovation, Horizon 2020 aims to produce world-class science, remove barriers to innovation, and make it easier for the public and private sector to work together in delivering innovation.