The first stage of a new seminal partnership, with the central aim of transforming innovation, launched on the opening day of SPRU’s 50th Anniversary Conference in September 2016. The Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) brings together global actors to examine and research respective innovation systems to explore the future of innovation policy – its foundation, formulation and governance. Alongside SPRU, the founding research organisations to join the project are from Colombia, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and Finland. The consortium members are:
Research Council of Norway
The South African National Research Foundation
Colombian Administrative Department of Science, Technology & Innovation – Colciencias
Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems – VINNOVA
Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation – Tekes
Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
A further cohort is anticipated before the end of the pilot phase in 2016/17.
The Consortium’s key objective is to examine and expand on current innovation frames and approaches to assist in solving urgent social and economic issues. Partners commit resource, time and expertise to the Consortium to enable joint resource and working to progress new innovation theories and practices with key deliverables and outcomes seeking to address the central issues of our time: climate change, inequality, employment and future growth. This is a challenge for both the Global North and the Global South. TIPC aims to shape and deliver a new innovation policy framework (termed Innovation Policy 3.0) alongside other associated ‘policy mixes’ in a transdisciplinary way. The Consortium will interface between the worlds of research, business, government, media and civil society. During the process all participants are positioned as active co-researchers and co-policy designers. The outline below gives an introduction to the three frames of innovation within which the Consortium works.