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Foresight versus FP7: comparing innovations in healthcare

Maurits Butter (Senior Policy Advisor, TNO, Delft, The Netherlands)
Joost Hoogendoorn (Achmea Holding, Zeist, The Netherlands)


ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 15 October 2008




The EU Framework Programme and the foresight community are both focusing on future developments in innovation. This paper seeks to answer the questions: How much can they learn from one another to enhance their visions on the future? Are both perspectives aligned?


This research used the Dynamo approach, which analyses the match and mismatch of innovation entities by characterising both by a codified taxonomy on innovation. This taxonomy is based on the experience of TNO in innovation. In total, 140 flagship foresight activities from the EFMN database are analysed, as well as the Working Programmes 2007‐2008 from FP7 Cooperation.


The findings show that the perspectives of FP7 and the foresight community on innovations in health are highly aligned. Some interesting mismatches are identified that can be taken up by FP8 and the foresight community. Only a limited number of innovation themes are not addressed by both perspectives.

Practical implications

These results can help the foresight community to focus on important innovation themes in health not generally addressed and give input to the new FP7 working for 2009‐2013.


The results of the study show a more detailed insight into what innovation topics foresight and FP7 are mentioning/addressing.



Butter, M. and Hoogendoorn, J. (2008), "Foresight versus FP7: comparing innovations in healthcare", Foresight, Vol. 10 No. 6, pp. 39-61.



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