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Periodic Report Summary 2 - RECREATE (REsearch network for forward looking activities and assessment of research and innovation prospects in the fields of Climate, Resource Efficiency and raw mATErials)

Project Context and Objectives:
RECREATE stands for “REsearch network for forward-looking activities and assessment of research and innovation prospects in the fields of Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and raw mATErials”. It is a Coordination and Support Action carried out by a consortium consisting of 16 research organisations and industry players and led by the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy (JIIP). In addition to the consortium members, RECREATE has also set up and is continuously developing a large network of key stakeholders in the relevant fields. The project started in July 2013 and will run until June 2018.

The overall objective of the project is to support the development of the European Union’s new research funding programme Horizon 2020, with a specific focus on “Societal Challenge 5: Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”, by providing an evidence base. In order to achieve this, RECREATE builds on the following specific objectives:

1. Creation, launch and engagement of a broad network of stakeholders
2. Development and monitoring of indicators for assessing the impact (policy, economic, social, environmental) of EU research and innovation programmes
3. Analysis of technology, policy and market developments as well as policies and programmes as a basis for forward-looking activities
4. Production of quantitative and qualitative policy briefings with R&I information, trends and strategic options for EU research managers and policy makers

Project Results:
Halfway through the project duration, RECREATE is on track with most of its activities and has produced a number of very concrete and valuable outputs. Most of them have received very positive feedback.

The conceptual and methodological basis had already been sketched out during the first 9 months by WP2. D 2.2 to 2.5 have outlined the main concepts and methods to be applied in the four main analytical tasks of the project. The so-called Multi-Level Perspective (MLP) was identified as a common framework for all tasks and tailored to the specific context of RECREATE. Subsequently, these basic concepts and methods were further refined in a reiterative way. As a way to foster additional coherence and links between the different tasks, the Technological Innovation Systems (TIS) framework was identified as a possible conceptual overlay and analytical “lens”.

The stakeholder engagement task, which corresponds to WP3, had started its activities also from the very beginning of the project. It has built up a RECREATE stakeholder network with over 500 representatives of all relevant thematic areas and societal sectors. Two large RECREATE Stakeholder Workshops have been held during the first half of the project. While the main objective of the first workshop (April 2014) was the launch of the stakeholder network as such, the second (September 2015) focussed on discussion, validation and further development of the first concrete outputs from the analytical tasks of the project.

The Impact Assessment task within WP4 was essentially replaced by a task which develops so-called Evidence-Based Narratives (EBNs), upon specific request from DG RTD. A completely new methodology was thus developed and a series of “EBNs 1.0” was submitted at the end of 2014 (D4.1 to D4.3). Following feedback and discussion with DG RTD, a number of the cases were further refined and significantly enriched with additional evidence, leading to a set of 5 “EBNs 2.0” which were submitted at the end of 2015 (part of D4.7). It should be mentioned here that this work was very positively received by the European Commission.

The Scoreboard task within WP4 underwent a certain revision of its concept and methodology during the course of 2015. As a result, it was aligned with the above-mentioned TIS, in order to further increase its direct use to policy-makers. All indicators and data for the first edition have been collected and are included in first interim report regarding the Scoreboard that has been submitted in November 2015 (D4.8). However, there have been delays with the implementation of the Scoreboard website, which is now expected to be finished by spring 2016.

The Trend Analysis and the Scenario Building tasks, initially conceived and started as two separate tasks within WP5, have provided a set of three initial draft scenarios (D5.1) and a set of identified trends (D5.4) by mid-2015. Subsequently, it has been decided to fully align and merged the two tasks into one integrated Foresight task. It is currently carrying out a factor analysis that will lead to an integrated interim report due in June 2016.

Following certain preliminary activities, the Policy Guidance task has produced its first four Policy Briefs by February 2016 (D6.3 to D6.6). All four of them are based on specific EBN cases (see above). The feedback received from the European Commission has been very positive.

The Communication task within WP7 had set up the project promotion essentials such as website, project brochure, banner etc., during the first months of the project. As an ongoing activity, the WP7 partners have participated so far at around 20 events in order to present the project there in various forms. With the finalisation of first set of EBNs and the corresponding Policy Briefs, the Dissemination part of WP7 is now becoming much more important and the targeted distribution of both digital and hard copies has started.

Potential Impact:
By the end of the project, the consortium expects to achieve the following:

- Clear, specific and concrete assessments of the socio-economic and environmental potential of innovations and new developments in the various thematic areas covered by RECREATE. This will comprise at least six fully elaborated evidence-based narratives, each of them consisting again of a number of detailed relevant case studies as well as estimates of the potential economic, social and environmental impacts.

- A regularly updated scoreboard that shows the performance of the EU member states in the context of research and innovation and related policies in the thematic fields covered by RECREATE. This will include the identification and development of suitable and appropriate indicators.

- A thorough and regularly updated analysis of both technological and policy-related trends that are of relevance to the thematic areas covered by RECREATE.

- An account (stocktaking) of existing policies, programmes and initiatives at national level (EU and beyond) related to the thematic areas covered by RECREATE. The purpose is not to be exhaustive but to identify certain good practices that can serve as examples for others.

- A set of three clearly distinguishable scenarios for the EU research and innovation system up to 2050. This will be linked to the identification of desirable futures (visions) and the development of transition pathways to get there.

- A series of at least 10 policy briefs zooming in on specific activities or recent results of RECREATE and giving very clear and concrete policy recommendations. They shall primarily be targeted at policy-makers at EU, national and regional level but of course also be of interest to researchers, innovation drivers and civil society actors.

- A large and strong stakeholder network of relevant actors from all sectors that meets regularly at RECREATE workshops, interacts through the RECREATE website and other online tools and which has the potential to sustain itself also beyond the project duration.

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