Co-designing and piloting demand-driven mechanisms, skill-sets and measures for stimulating and facilitating open innovation across European innovation systems (GA No 763651)

Funding Source
Total budget
Q-PLAN role
Contact person(s)

European Commission – Research Executive Agency (REA)
HORIZON 2020 “Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies”
September 2017- August 2020 (36 months)
2.933.737,50 €
Project Coordinator
Mr. Kostas Giagtzoglou – +30 2310 411 191,


INVITE is set on creating a well-connected European Open Innovation (OI) ecosystem, in which knowledge meaningfully flows across borders and is translated into marketable innovations, bringing increased socio-economic benefits to EU citizens. To this end, INVITE applies a multi-stakeholder approach to co-design, pilot and demonstrate in diverse real-life settings demand-driven mechanisms, skill-sets, and measures in order to facilitate OI:

  • An innovation voucher scheme will stimulate interactions between the demand and the supply of knowledge via short-term virtual human capital mobility;
  • A flexible e-learning intervention will empower EU businesses with the skill-sets to tap into EU’s knowledge and turn it into value; and
  • A public-private co-investment scheme will leverage small amounts of public funds to increase participation of private investors in open innovation.

All pilots will integrate OI support services that will appropriately scale to the needs and capabilities of each case and will be facilitated through open ICT tools. Along the process, a participatory co-evaluation framework will keep track of the pilots’ performance and fuel iterative, user-driven refinements to generate results ready for scale up and replication. Dedicated business planning exercises in line with a tailored IPR strategy will pave the way for the launch of a pan-European service platform we dub as Open Innovation Lab, to the market, synergising with existing OI platforms and service offers to co-create value for the European OI ecosystem.

Q-PLAN responsibilities

  • Project management and coordination

  • Elaboration of the overall operational plan that will guide the implementation of INVITE’s interconnected pilot program

  • Provision of innovation support services and training to innovative business with a view to animating and successfully completing their open innovation projects

  • Design, testing and validation of sustainable business models for the Open Innovation Lab and development of a business plan for its rollout to the market

  • Coordination and establishment of synergies with relevant European initiatives at national and EU level

  • Awareness creation on project activities and dissemination of project results through its EU-wide connections and networks