The challenge

We live in a world where it is now more important than ever to find concrete solutions to pressing health and environmental challenges. Every day, we see science and innovation rising up to these global challenges, yet it is still not enough to solve the serious problems that we face. This complexity needs to be addressed by multiple stakeholders involved in research and innovation, including citizens. 


If we zoom in on environmental challenges, Europe is on a mission to deliver 100 climate-neutral cities by 2030. Reaching this objective in less than ten years will only be possible if quadruple helix stakeholders are involved (science, policy, industry and society). The only way to find workable solutions to achieve climate-neutrality, which are accepted and taken up at scale, is through the active participation of all concerned.


MOSAIC's Contribution

MOSAIC aims to study, prove and assess how solutions to big challenges such as leading big cities towards climate neutrality can be made possible and enhanced by actively involving all concerned actors through sound methodological approaches. In particular, MOSAIC focuses on understanding how the full role of citizens in co-innovation can be met and fairly rewarded.

MOSAIC will capitalise on the wide range of experiences of co-creation emerging from European funding programmes within Horizon 2020, such as Science with and for Society (SwafS), as well as other firm-centric and city-relevant co-creation activities. It will identify and classify elements of best co-creation practices to engage all parts of the quadruple helix (science, policy, industry and society) in open innovation, paying particular attention to the involvement of the private sector (business and industry). MOSAIC will work to transform this into a collection of elements suitable for mission-oriented open innovation settings. To do so, it will perform an analysis of relevant experiences towards open innovation, which will be translated into approaches targeted for the mission approach.   

Pilot actions in a group of selected cities committed to the climate-neutral and smart cities mission will test MOSAIC’s methodological approach and research actions throughout the project. The piloting process will produce concrete instruments and recommendations, to be replicated in further European cities and regions willing to engage in mission-oriented approaches via quadruple helix collaboration but also to enrich the work of Horizon Europe researchers and stakeholders more broadly.

MOSAIC will develop a set of actions, tools and recommendations that will help the innovation community to replicate its approach

Pilot actions in a group of selected cities committed to the climate-neutral and smart cities mission will test MOSAIC’s methodological approach and research actions throughout the project, by first co-designing local challenges for the cities and then co-creating solutions with the active participation of quadruple helix stakeholders.

Additional European cities will replicate open innovation processes through mentorship and a peer-learning programme.

A community of practice around open innovation will be created where regions and cities will be able to share and exchange through a series of webinars, workshops as well as the MOSAIC cookbook and toolkit.

Advancing the field of co-creation in the context of open innovation through a detailed study of past co-creation projects and experimentations on the ground, resulting in academic publications and a Springer brief on co-creation in action in open innovation.

Policy support - both in terms of capacity building and offer cities a chance to experience co-innovation in action and in terms of supporting the climate-neutral and smart cities mission.