The project CASI is proposed as a response to one of the Grand Challenges set out in the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union, namely “Climate action, environment resource efficiency and raw materials”. It represents an EU-wide cross-sectoral partnership on innovation-related challenges and considers not only the impacts of social and technological innovation, but also the types of actors involved and their inherent interests. It thus effectively integrates the perspectives of civil society, SMEs, industry, policy stakeholders, and leading academics. This collaboration investigates the scope of sustainable innovation as a societal phenomenon and enables the elaboration of an assessment framework of sustainable innovation practices, whose application can be successfully integrated into public policy developments.

The project is co-funded by the European Commission through the Seventh Framework Programme and SYSTASI performs the following activities:

  • Participates in a capacity-building workshop organised for country correspondents.
  • Identifies case studies in sustainable innovation.
  • Maps key practices, players and outcomes.
  • Lists national stakeholder contacts.
  • Attends a workshop for discussion of a draft Framework for Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovations.
  • Conducts interviews with case study actors.
  • Provides feedback to the Final report on national and European-level policy recommendations.
  • Delivers policy briefs.
  • Attends an EU-level policy conference.