CHERRIES project successfully launched with Kick-off meeting in Vienna

23. Jan. 2020

The CHERRIES project partners met each other for the first time and discussed their contributions.

On the 16th and 17th of January 2020, the CHERRIES project (Constructing Healthcare Environments through Responsible Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship Strategies),  funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program, held a Kick-off meeting in Vienna organized by ZSI. The project partners from Belgium, Cyprus, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden met each other for the first time and discussed their contributions and how they will work together. Cristina Marcone, the project´s officer from the European Commission´s Research Executive Agency, held the initial presentation to explain how CHERRIES is embedded in the H2020 framework and welcomed the participants. Her presentation was followed by work package presentations and discussions from all project partners. The aim of the meeting was to give all partners a deeper understanding of the project’s objectives and the interconnections to ensure a successful launch and swift start in the productive first year.

The CHERRIES project supports Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) policy experiments in the healthcare sector in three European territories, in Murcia, Örebrö and the Republic of Cyprus. A focus is set on demand-side innovation policy by training local stakeholders in the regions healthcare sectors to identify needs within their organizations. One need per region will be chosen and a responding call for solutions will be drafted to which entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply with tailor made solutions. After the selection of one solution per region the development of a pilot will be funded by CHERRIES and the entrepreneurs will co-create a solution with the need-owner. The sustainability and market creation of these innovations will be addressed. These processes, their outcomes and the policy frameworks the experiments are embedded in will be mapped, monitored, evaluated and serve as evidence-base for revision of sectoral policies, strategies and innovation support instruments.

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