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Five recommendations for a more innovative Europe

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Welcomeurope, as a partner, and participating to the thinking of ASCOFI-Unatrantec on upcoming programs related to research and innovation, presents the five recommendations of the association of consulting firms to promote innovation within innovation the European Union.

EU invests in research and development 2% of its GDP while the U.S. and Japan respectively spend 2.8 and 3.4% of their GDP. To avoid losing ground, the EU has set itself the objective, in the context of Europe 2020, to increase spending on R & D by bringing them to 3% of GDP by in 2020. Research and innovation are cr... Read more

Welcomeurope, as a partner, and participating to the thinking of ASCOFI-Unatrantec on upcoming programs related to research and innovation, presents the five recommendations of the association of consulting firms to promote innovation within innovation the European Union.

EU invests in research and development 2% of its GDP while the U.S. and Japan respectively spend 2.8 and 3.4% of their GDP. To avoid losing ground, the EU has set itself the objective, in the context of Europe 2020, to increase spending on R & D by bringing them to 3% of GDP by in 2020. Research and innovation are crucial issues to make progress in achieving the objectives of the European strategy, namely smart, sustainable and inclusive. To ensure this challenge, the new Framework Programme of the European Union 2020 with a total budget of 87 billion euros will be designed to better integrate research and innovation. The Commission proposes to structure the framework program on three priorities:
 
- Scientific excellence is intended to raise the level of excellence of European science base;

- The industrial primacy results from the integration of innovation in 2020 and aims to improve European competitiveness;

- The societal challenges foster a new approach, focused on responding to challenges rather than on sectors.

Five recommendations

In this context, the association of consulting firms in innovation-ASCOFI Unatrantec, after submitting its recommendations to strengthen innovation policy in France, extends its recommendations to Europe, under the Horizon 2020 program. The ASCOFI-Unatrantec is representative of the industry with innovative collaborative projects among its members 27 companies working in this sector, some large, representing a significant share of French actors in the field. This representation has enabled the association to play a leading role in several measures of collective interest. To mark the emergence of the new Horizon 2020 program, the ASCOFI-Unatrantec has formed a working group in consultation with its members and has  recommended five recommendations to the new European framework program.

1.Give every chance for innovative ideas

Measures proposed are intended to give Europe the means to detect specific and give every chance to truly innovative ideas regardless of their bearers:

- To establish bidding dedicated to innovative ideas and concepts rather than projects. Establish specific assessments (large panel of experts, oral presentations, etc..) And thereby select the most promising ideas.

- To fund the ideas and concepts selected in setting up projects and writing proposals associated. To develop a system to verify the quality of projects and to fund those assembled and the assembly merit.

2.Putting SMEs at the heart of innovation

The proposed measure is to develop a program specific SMEs. This would give a strong political signal of genuine support and means specifically adapted to SMEs. :

- To develop a dedicated program, with its own budget, entitled SMEs without theme, in which each proposal submitted include at least 75% of SMEs and including 50% of the total funding request is for SMEs.

3. To promote service innovation

The proposed measure is simple in his mind but requires a cultural revolution. It consists of introducing this concept in all public programs geared towards innovation: to introduce and to support service innovation in all programs and calls for projects.

4.To improve evaluation of proposals

The proposed measures aims to increase the transparency, quality and relevance of evaluations to optimize the selection of projects:

- To open more evaluations to non-technological and scientific and diversifying the type of criteria and evaluators.

- To improve the accuracy and the relevance of evaluations by increasing the number of criteria, the number of points for each criterion, the number of evaluators and the time allocated to each evaluator.

5.To require a quality project management

- To finance 100% of the activities of project management as well as those of administrative and financial management. On one hand to promote and to demand, and in an other hand to control with real consequences on other projects, quality control and project management.

For further information: http://www.ascofi.fr/
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