The INNOSUTRA project looked at innovation processes in Surface Transport: how the innovation process in transport markets evolves, with the aim of analysing how the market take-up of beneficial innovative concepts can be improved. A key focus is on the assessment of conditions, including policy analysis, under which innovative concepts have a high chance of getting adopted and being successful.
The main objective of INNOSUTRA was to assess the conditions, including policy support, under which innovative concepts have a high chance of getting adopted and being successful. The work started from the state-of-the-art and results attained in previous research projects and actions dealing with innovation processes, not only at European but often also at national or regional level, with the following goals:
- to identify the paths that new innovative concepts usually follow;
- what key determinants are;
- which actors are involved;
- what policy has been doing;
- and what policy can do.
As part of this, a typology of variables were established, which will determine the possible path options. This forms the basis for the identification of successful adoption paths. Illustrations were be provided of the performance of innovative concepts in the transport sector, covering the maritime and port, land and integrated transport sectors, fitting each time into one of the typology cells.
A further goal was to come up with clear policy recommendations, identify best practices, barriers to implementation and transferability of innovative concepts and processes. Finally, the research set out to establish developments needed in assessment methods, complementary tools and a methodological framework if innovative concepts are introduced. Stakeholder consultation, collaboration and dissemination is a strong thread running through the whole of the research as a means of obtaining information, stimulating new thinking, providing feedback through peer review and strengthening the link between research and policy making.
Clear policy conclusions and the production of clear policy recommendations. Identification of best practices, barriers to implementation and transferability of innovative concepts/processes.
To achieve this, the project has:
- identified key innovative players ('pioneer investors')
- assessed how innovations get adopted and how they spread
- defined which paths do innovative concepts usually follow in transport markets
- assessed how innovations get adopted and how they spread, and
- assessed in which way can innovation be stimulated.
Innovating for the future (technology and behaviour): A European Transport Research and Innovation Policy