Develops Sweden's innovation capacity for sustainable growth and benefiting society
Lennart Elg & Staffan Håkansson - VINNOVA
VINNOVA and its forerunners have made a difference, chiefly in two ways:
Combining both roles requires a mix of “bottom-up” projects, to identify potential new areas of interest and programme efforts, to scale up promising areas.
Our impact studies show that we consistently underestimate how long it takes for new knowledge to provide tangible economic impact. Lead times of 10-20 years are not unusual before effects can be traced at the socioeconomic level. The key results of our efforts have been competence development and organisational learning in new knowledge areas. The impact of these efforts has been to develop the capability of the innovation system – rather than individual innovations.
For Swedish version see "När staten spelat roll" (VINNOVA Analys VA 2011:10)