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The EU Innovation Radar Platform

Updated on 23.05.2023

The EU Innovation Radar Platform aims to identify high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation projects. The goal is to allow every citizen, public official, professional and business person to discover the outputs of EU innovation funding and give them a chance to seek out innovators who could follow in the footsteps of companies such as Skype, TomTom, ARM Holdings, all of whom received EU funding in their early days.

Author: European Commission
Year of update: 2022

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The tool can be used in three different ways to find innovations:

  1. The user can search for innovation in the search bar.
  2. The user can explore innovations by maturity levels (exploring, tech ready, business ready, market ready), market needs, innovation topics, market creation potential, women-led innovations and funding program types.
  3. The user can search by an organisation type or EU country.

After finding an innovation, the user can see information about the market maturity, market creation potential, location of the key innovators, who the key innovators are and how this innovation contributes to the selected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions

The tool can help cities/regions explore existing innovation projects in the EU. The innovations have different maturity levels and market needs. The tool shows cities/regions where the innovation is located and how the innovation contributes to SDGs. Cities/regions can use the tool to explore if there are any innovation projects that have addressed the same or similar issues, and thus might have findings and lessons learnt which can be helpful and useful for making progress with designing and/or implementing a Circular Systemic Solution or its specific component.

How to use this tool or method

The information about EU-funded innovations from high-quality projects is made visible and accessible to the public via the Innovation Radar platform. Moreover, by providing greater access to such information the aim is to encourage the development of a dynamic ecosystem of incubators, entrepreneurs, funding agencies and investors that can help get EU-funded innovations faster to market.