EU-SPRI 2018 Annual Conference – Call for contributions

Implementing Mission-Oriented / Challenge-Driven innovation policies

Call for Special Themed Track and Plenary Panel (Deadline 4th March)


Research and innovation policies targeted at societal grand challenges rather than purely economic growth has been argued to be a new type of policy for transformative change where policies contribute to facilitating innovation and socio-economic impact in a particular direction towards desirable transformative change. There have been calls for a return to mission-oriented policies as a way to facilitate this, for example the recent “Mazzucato Report” to inform European Commission policies, particularly around future funding programmes such as FP9.
However, with the increasing interest in mission oriented policies around challenge-based objectives it is becoming recognised that “implementation” of missions is becoming a key issue for STI policy and for organisations wishing to apply mission-oriented approaches.
This special themed paper presentation track invites papers that address (and expand on) these questions relating to implementation of mission-oriented / challenge driven policies.

Full details of the call are available in the attached call for contributions.
Submission deadline is the same as for all EU-SPRI 2018 abstracts : 4th March.
We look forward to your contributions!


Douglas K. R. Robinson, Senior Research for CNRS at LISIS, IFRIS, Université Paris-Est Marne-La-Vallée (France) and the Institute for innovation and Public Purpose, UCL (UK)

Philippe Larédo, LISIS, IFRIS, Université Paris-Est Marne-La-Vallée (France) and Manchester Business School (UK).

Rigas Arvantis, Director of IFRIS and director of research at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD).