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About our partners

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest European Union (EU) Research and Innovation programme ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). The funding program implements the Innovation Union initiative, which aims to create an innovation-friendly environment that facilitates the turning of great ideas into products and services.

The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, charged OPSI with the implementation of specific goals of the Horizon 2020 Work Program, “Europe in a Changing World: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies”. This part of the program focuses on fostering innovative approaches, co-creating innovative solutions, and building the innovative capacity of public servants.

To undertake the research, tool creation, collaboration and capability development activity necessary to fulfil this part of the programme’s requirements, OPSI receives Horizon 2020 funding in the form of a three-year (2016-2018) €1.5 million grant.

This grant is supports our research and activities across our systems thinking, innovation measurement, innovation lifecycle, innovation skills, innovation toolkits and innovative cities projects to advance research and activity across these essential areas.


The United Arab Emirate’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation (MBRCGI) seeks to enrich its public sector’s innovation culture and make the UAE one of the most innovative governments in the world.

OPSI partners with the MBRCGI once a year to undertake the Innovation Trends project. For this, OPSI appraises major trends in public sector innovation, forecasts areas of future possible innovation and provides exemplary case studies so governments worldwide can learn from one another. The report is launched at the World Government Summit held in Dubai.