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Research project awarded 4.46 million euros from the EU

Euro-bills (photo: Colourbox)

The EU will allocate 80 billion euros over seven years from 2014, for research (photo: Colorbox)

Through the Horizon 2020 programme, the EU has awarded NOK 42 million to a HINN-initiated research project on public innovation. - I am pleased and proud, says Rector Kathrine Skretting.

The project is titled "Understanding value co-creation in public services for transforming European public administration."

Long-term effect

Portrait Professor Rolf Rønning

Professor Rolf Rønning is one of the initiators of the application, which has succeeded in raising NOK 42 million for research (photo: Gro Vasbotten/INN University)

The allocation of funds means that over the course of the next three years, researchers at the Centre for Innovation in Services (CIS) at INN University will have the opportunity to work with many leading European professionals in the field of public innovation, and carry out an important effort to reinvent the public sector as service provider.

The project, which started at the former Lillehammer University College, has at present 13 partners from 11 countries, and the funds are distributed among the different institutions. INN University and the research environment at the Lillehammer campus will receive approximately NOK 4 million.

Based on user needs

The researchers will develop models for how the public sector can solve its welfare issues along with other actors in a new and better way, and based on user needs.

- In this, we are going to advance the forefront of research and theory development, says one of the initiators of the application, Professor Rolf Rønning. This gives us the opportunity to be an interconnecting point between international leadership and national / regional needs.

International project

- The project is a result of INN University's decision to focus on a few projects that could produce viable applications, says Rønning. We used our network, which has prompted new players along the way, and now we have an expert European team, and enough skills to carry out this mission.

As a symbol of where it all started, the kick-off seminar will be held in Lillehammer, the coming winter.

- To our knowledge, our project is the only one that receives funds in the area we applied for, and no restrictions have been stipulated in regard to the application amount of 4.46 million euros. That we are eligible for award negotiations, means that some bureaucratic clarifications must be completed before the agreement will be formally signed, says Rønning.

About the Centre for Innovation in Services

The Centre for Innovation in Services is an interdisciplinary research centre at INN University, which features employees from several of the institution’s departments.

The centre’s overall goal is to facilitate and stimulate research of innovation in the private and public sectors. Several research groups have been established at the centre, who work with acquisition, project implementation and publishing.

The centre also works towards strengthening contact with regional actors, as well as national and international research communities.

A key task for the centre is supporting the PhD programme Innovation in Services in the Public and Private Sectors (INSEPP) with relevant research activities. The Centre’s members play a vital role in INSEPP as supervisors for doctoral fellows and lecturers on PhD courses.