New European Innovation Agenda
The European Commission recently adopted a New European Innovation Agenda underlying commitment to reinforce Europe’s innovation potential, and aiming to support Europe in the development of new technologies to address the most pressing societal challenges, ensuring its leading role on the global innovation scene.
“We need to boost our innovation ecosystems to develop human-centered technologies. This new Innovation Agenda builds on the significant work done already on innovation in the last years and will help us accelerate our digital and green transition”, Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for a Europe fit for the Digital Age
“The new European Innovation Agenda will ensure innovators, start-ups and scale-ups, their innovative businesses to become global innovation leaders. Together, we will make Europe the global powerhouse for deep-tech innovations and start-ups”, Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
The New European Innovation Agenda sets out 25 dedicated actions under five flagships : 1/ Funding Scale-Ups – that will mobilise institutional and other private investors in Europe to invest in, and benefit from the scaling of European deep-tech start-ups ; 2/ Enabling innovation through experimentation spaces and public procurement – tofacilitate innovation through improved framework conditions including experimental approaches to regulation (e.g. living labs and innovation procurement) ; 3/ Accelerating and strengthening innovation in European Innovation Ecosystems across the EU – will support the creation of regional innovation valleys and help Member States and regions direct at least EUR 10 billion to concrete interregional innovation projects. It will also support Member States to foster innovation in all regions through the integrated use of cohesion policy and Horizon Europe instruments; 4/ Fostering, attracting and retaining deep tech talents – It will ensure the development and flow of essential deep tech talents in and to the EU through a series of initiatives; 5/ Improving policy making tools – will be the key for the development and use of robust, comparable data sets and a shared definitions that can inform policies at all levels across the EU and for ensuring better policy coordination at the European level through the European Innovation Council Forum.
From a nursing research perspective, investing in research and innovation is investing in Europe’s future. Nursing research being key in the transformation of healthcare to ensure that the solutions brought up are fit-for-purpose and appropriate for the end-user. The ENRF will follow closely this development, being in a key position to support it with nurse researchers’ views and expertise and up-to-date data.