Horizon 2020

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

The project enabled 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 help 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, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014-2020). The funding programme implements the Innovation Union initiative, which aims to create an innovation-friendly environment that facilitates the turning of great ideas into products and services.

From 2016-2018, 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 were issued as part of the H2020 work programme. These include a project to collect reviews from users of the OPSI toolkit navigator, the development of a project incubator and the 2020 Government After Shock and 2021 Government Beyond Recovery events.


Based on years of learnings from public sector organisations around the world, and with support from the H2020 programme, OPSI released five innovation briefs based on the innovation facets model as well as a blog series with resources to be fit for 2022 and beyond. In addition, a Government Beyond Recovery summary report was issued to highlight the path ahead, build on lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis and reflect on insights from the conference.


To support learning, collaboration and global discussion in the realm of public sector innovation, OPSI hosted a H2020 Webinar Series and the Government Beyond Recovery conference. Visit our YouTube channel for a video recap of our H2020 Webinar Series and GovRecovery conference panel sessions, supported by the H2020 programme.


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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Latest Blogs

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