Missions València 2030: a mission-oriented R&I governance model to improve people’s lives



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Organisation name Valencia City Hall

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The Missions València 2030 project addresses the main weaknesses that the EU identified in the R&I policies delivered up until 2020. More specifically, there is a large gap between humanity’s great challenges (2030 SDGs) and the R&I projects; European citizens do not feel that R&I has improved their lives. The new Horizon Europe 2021–2027 recommends the optimisation of the impact of innovation by mixing sectors, activities and technologies; to boost experiments for missions coming from bottom-up solutions through different pathways; and to allow these missions to be the result of an open civic engagement process, owned by the society.

In this European context and background on R&I, at the beginning of 2019 the València government decided to embark on a path still unexplored by cities, towards a mission-oriented innovation that ‘builds a better Europe for citizens’: the so-called Missions València 2030 project. It is a new solution in innovation policymaking aimed to address the high priority challenges not only for the near future, but also for the present.

Later, strengthened by the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, it was assumed that R&I is the solution to improve the resilience of the city. Missions València 2030 was then linked to the Urban Strategy 2030 and reconstruction strategy, so that all the resources of the city were focused in the same direction.

The project aims to be:

  • a mission-oriented innovation governance model to fix deficiencies and to steer innovation, with a direct impact on improving people’s lives;
  • a guide for the work of València’s innovative ecosystem;
  • a test-bed city for a global innovation experiment, anticipating the mission-oriented proposals of the EU to build a better Europe for citizens;
  • a civic and social engagement base on four pillars (a healthy, sustainable, shared and entrepreneurial city), to make people aware of the value of R&I and its impact on their lives;

a new model of mission-oriented innovation for European cities that allows any sector, activity, technology or source of knowledge to propose and develop R&I projects aimed at the success of bottom-up missions.

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