Horizon 2020

With the support of a €1.5 million grant from the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Work Program, “Europe in a Changing World: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies”, the OPSI is undertaking a project entitled “Making Innovation a Consistent, Reliable and Strategic Resource for Governments.”

This project enables the OPSI to explore the “how” of public sector innovation by conducting research, engaging governments, connecting innovators, and providing thought leadership on the topic. The evidence, resources and networks resulting from this work helps to enable governments to respond to the needs for open innovation, digital government, and good governance in the 21st century environment.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest European Union Research and Innovation programme ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014-2020). 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.

Previously, from 2016-2018, the OPSI undertook research, tool creation, collaboration, and capacity development activities as part of the Horizon 2020 project, funded by a €1.5 million grant from the European Commission.

These grants provide fundamental support for our research and activities across our systems thinking, innovation lifecycle, innovation skills, innovation toolkits and innovative cities projects to advance research and activity across these essential areas.


Numerous initiatives are ongoing as part of the H2020 work program. These include a project to collect reviews from users of the OPSI toolkit navigator, the development of a project incubator, and the 2020 event: Government After Shock.


To support learning, collaboration and global discussion in the realm of public sector innovation, the OPSI is hosting a H2020 Webinar Series. This series will focus particularly on work conducted under the H2020 programme. Visit our YouTube channel for a video recap of our H2020 Webinar Series.


The OPSI releases a bi-monthly special edition of the OPSI newsletter which features Horizon 2020 projects and initiatives. Click here to see the latest H2020 Special Edition Newsletter.

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