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Investigating the Impact of the Innovation Union (I3U)

Innovation has been placed at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy aimed at facing major structural changes, the increase of global competition and the current crisis, and to tackle major societal challenges such as climate change, energy and resource scarcity, health and ageing. The Innovation Union has the main objective to strengthen the European innovative potential, and sets 13 general objectives and 34 specific (policy) commitments associated to the objectives, and aimed at stimulating innovation.

  • Posted on: 08.03.2016
  • Project date: March 2015 - February 2018
  • Acronym: I3U
  • Coordinating institute: University of Maastricht

The objective of this project is to deliver a system of assessment for the commitments. The approach starts from the evaluation of the state of achievement of the individual commitments, but puts crucial emphasis on their effects in the innovation system as a whole, as well as on the economy-wide effects of innovation. The basic idea is to retrace the entire chain of effects of the commitments, from their implementation to their final impact in terms of competitiveness, growth or employment.
The specific tasks that project sets out to undertake to achieve this are:
1) Data collection and identification of mechanisms;
2) Developing theoretical and econometric models in order to estimate the impact of the commitments;
3) Developing a conceptual model of the innovation system, leading to a reference tool on which the impact analysis of the commitments individually and as a whole will be based, and which will also play a role of interface between the assessments of the commitments impact and the macro sectoral econometric work.
4) A quantitative analysis of the commitments by use of the NEMESIS model, which is an existing macro-structural econometric model, but which will be modified and extended for the tasks at hand;
5) An ex-ante and ex-post policy assessment of the economic effects of the Innovation Union at European, national and regional levels;
6) To present policy conclusions and recommendations on the validation or the efficiency of the policies implemented.

Partnership:
1. UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT (UNU-MERIT), The Netherlands 
2. ISTITUTO DI STUDI PER L'INTEGRAZIONE DEI SISTEMI SCRL (ISIS), Italy
3. SEURECO SOCIETE EUROPEENNE D'ECONOMIE SARL (SEURECO), France
4. WIENER INSTITUT FÜR INTERNATIONALE WIRTSCHAFTSVERGLEICHE (WIIW), Austria
5. UNIVERSITETET I OSLO (UiO), Norway
6. UNIVERSITÉ LIBRE DE BRUXELLES (ULB), Belgium
7. ZENTRUM FÜR EUROPÄISCHE WIRTSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG GmbH (ZEW), Germany
8. SZKOLA GLOWNA HANDLOWA W WARSZAWIE (WERI-SGH), Poland.  

Additionally:

EIZ scientists participating in the project are: Dr. Andrea Mervar, Dr. Sonja Radas, Dr. Ivan-Damir Anić, Dr. Edo Rajh and assistant Bruno Škrinjarić. Part of the scientific team are also Dr. Nevenka Čučković from the Institute for Development and International Relations and Dr. Valentina Vučković from the Faculty of Economics and Business.

In November 2015 The Institute of Economics, Zagreb has subcontracted the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb (IDIZ) regarding the realization of a specific task related to „Open Access to Research Results and Research Information Services“ (within WP5 „Promoting Openness and Capitalizing on Europe's Creative Potential“).

Due to the specific knowledge needed in the realization of this task, it will be undertaken by team led by professor Dr. Maja Jokić (IDIZ).
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ZSI also provided services : ZSI contributed to the evaluation of direct and dynamic effects of the policy commitment '26 Launch a Social Innovation pilot; promote social innovation in European Social Fund'. The main  objective  of  this  WP is to evaluate  the  direct and dynamic  effects of  the EU  policy instruments on the involvement of social partners in the development of knowledge economy. This broad approach can be split into four specific areas, which are defined as follows: 1) Data research and collection; 2) Literature review on SI-theory and practice; 3) Commitment map & project meeting; and 4) Presentation of ZSI contribution at the workshop on the 14th of September 2014.

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Program: Horizon 2020 | S&T field/scope: H2020 general | Affilation and Pillar: Research and innovation community | Geographical focus: EU Member States, Austria, Croatia, International/Other

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