The National Innovators Council participated on January 18 2017 as invited, to
the government's closed hearing at Rosenbad, for the development of Sweden's
position paper on the EU's 9:th Research and Innovation Framework Program, which
follows Horizon 2020.
The Innovators Council constituted one of more
than 30 invited organizations and institutions such as Vinnova, Tillväxtverket,
Forte, Formas, Swedish Research Council, Energy Agency, Space Agency, IVA, RISE,
SACO, Technical Companies, Swedish Enterprise, ABB, Ericsson, Astra Zeneca,
Volvo, Universities of Sweden etc.
The Innovators Council expressed the importance of
the next framework program verifying the origins of innovation before
implementing the financial support models. The Council's spokesman referred to
innovation researcher Charles Edquist (Lund University, Circle, National
Innovation Council) who proposes that research policy be kept apart from
Edquist notes that the EU's current innovation
policy is unfortunately based on the view that innovation is mainly due to
linear academic research.
The Innovators Council pointed out at the hearing
that the individual innovator / inventor - most often outside the academic
environment - has always been central to industrial, technical and societal
growth through innovation, and that the EU's next framework program therefore
must be rooted in this fact.