The Netherlands has decided on 25 research missions, but added agendas, Top Sectors and task forces to the mix. Erik te Roller untangles the country's innovation policy.
This year the Netherlands will switch from from an innovation policy that is economically driven to one that is mission-driven. The government wants to use the power of public-private partnerships between knowledge institutions and companies to tackle major social challenges and to strengthen national competitiveness.
This will be a radical change, to be implemented in three phases. The first and easiest phase lies behind us: the government has agreed to the subjects of 25 missions derived from four social themes by various ministries in consultation with the top sectors, knowledge institutes, companies, civil society organisations and regional governments.