First Policy Brief from the CHERRIES project available

19. Mai 2021

The new policy brief provides recommendations on how to use RRI and challenge definition in Open Innovation Processes

In this policy brief Stefan Philipp, project coordinator of CHERRIES and researcher at ZSI, provides a theoretical background on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and describes the benefits of its use in R&I processes. He draws from his experiences with using challenge-based innovation approaches in the CHERRIES project to provide lessons learnt and practical recommendations on how to implement RRI in Research and Innovation projects.

RRI experimentation is at the very core of the CHERRIES (Constructing Healthcare Environments through Responsible Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship Strategies) project. The project uses challenge-based innovation approaches to innovation policy in the health care sector. The experiment at the center of the project follows three steps: first, a call for needs is launched to identify unmet needs in the context of three territorial healthcare systems and Stakeholders are invited to report their needs. Second, a single need per territory is selected and translated into a challenge, which forms the core of a Call for Solutions which is launched afterwards. Applicants are then proposing innovative solutions to this challenge published in the Call for Solutions. Third, a selected Solution Provider will receive a grant for co-creating the proposed solution together with the need-owner and will be supported and receive business support for establishing the new solution on the market.

The brief describes the details, advantages and pitfalls of this practical approach and how to navigate them, it is an important and practice oriented read for anyone interested in implementing challenged-based innovation in their own project. Policy implications and recommendations include, among others, to make sure that the process is place-based to react to regional differences, open the challenge definition to the public which provides input legitimacy and motivation and represents a democratic empowerement process and to identify a demand, meaning you need to identify not a simple need or want but an actual demand characterized by the willingness to pay for it, which has a much higher likelihood to create a market for itself.

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