Citizen and Multi-Actor Consultation on Horizon 2020 (CIMULACT)
The aim of CIMULACT was to develop and implement a multi-stage foresight and strategy process in which citizens, together with other stakeholders, contribute to agenda setting for research and innovation policy. Specifically, the participatory foresight process was used to develop proposals for the EU's research framework program (Horizon 2020).
The first step involved visioning workshops with more than 1000 citizens in 30 European countries. The resulting 179 visions were further developed and prioritized in additional participatory processes, including a scenario co-creation conference with more than 100 citizens and experts and an argumentative online Delphi survey with 3400 participants.
In this way, 23 proposals for research priorities were developed, which address the societal needs articulated by the citizens.
A comparison with expert-based proposals for Horizon 2020 priorities, guided by ISI, showed that citizen input enables new tailoring of societal and technological cross-cutting themes for research and innovation that break through current "thinking silos" and are suitable for driving research and innovation forward.
A video of "Behind the methodology of the CIMULACT project" can be found here.
See all project outcomes here.
CIMULACT was a three-year project funded by the European Commission under Grant Agreement number 665948, starting June 2015 and ending March 2018.