Staff Training Insights into the Innovation Process 2019

Testimonials - What is your most important learning experience of this event?

 - let me organize knowledge in my head
 - learn how to deal with projects evaluation, what approach to innovation to use
 - come closer to understanding difference between innovation and invention 
 - it was very interesting to hear how other countries deal with this problem, and what experiences they have. You do good work!!! :)

Dorota Szczytowicz, PARP


It was great to meet and discuss with colleagues from different agencies from all over Europe

Lise Sund, Research Council Norway


How funding can be more tailored to reflect innovation process in reality incorporate linear aspects and systemic aspects.

How can design thinking, lean be reflected in the innovation framework either funding, monitoring etc.

Does the structure of our funding products accurately reflect both technology push or/and customer pull.

Andrew Wade, Innovate UK


The differences between the linear and systemic model of innovation and the consequences that this differences bring to the innovation agencies. It's a good mirror to hold up to the assessments that we do and use the question: "Why?"

Robert Schaap, RVO

Host: FFG

Date & Place: 24-25 September 2019, Vienna

Length: 1.5 days

Speaker: Prof Christoph Mandl, University of Vienna

Brief Description

Modern understanding of innovation has surpassed the linear innovation model. Research, experimental development and innovation are recognized as interdependent yet distinct processes. These insights have profound consequences for backing innovation, i.e. for designing effective innovation programmes, for evaluating such programmes, and for assessing innovation projects. In addition, the concept of “impact” became an integral part of Horizon 2020 with far reaching implications.


The workshop "Insights into the Innovation Process" addressed these issues through inputs by the trainer as well as through sharing experiences among the participants.



According to Horizon 2020 innovation is the process, including its outcome, by which new ideas respond to societal or economic needs and demand and generate new products, services or business and organisational models that are successfully introduced into an existing market or that are able to create new markets and that contribute value to society.  Yet some enterprises innovate easily and regularly while other enterprises fail. Understanding the innovation process as a systemic process brings new insights into the dynamics of innovation processes. Based on recent innovation research, we looked at the innovation process from a systemic point of view to identify more effective innovation programmes and evaluations of innovation projects.


Emphasis is on

- Differences between successful research processes and successful innovation processes

- Diffusion of innovations and tipping point

- Barriers to innovation and adoption uncertainty

- Innovation strategies, business model generation and impact


Implications for designing effective programmes and project evaluations were discussed.


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