The Knowledge and Innovation Agenda Social Earning Capacity (KIA MV) aims to accelerate the upscaling of innovation and thereby achieve greater social impact. The KIA MV organises the improvement, development and application of methodologies, work forms and models for successful mission-driven innovation. In doing so, it strengthens the thematic Knowledge and Innovation Agendas in the Mission-driven Top Sectors and Innovation Policy (MTIB) and the safety mission.

Strategy KIA MV: tackling area-specific problems
The KIA MV is based on an area-oriented approach. At the local level, social problems are tangible and there is an urgency to act. Tasks usually coincide here, for example nutrition, care and safety. Within regions, experiments and innovations are carried out in specific innovation ecosystems. These partnerships of companies, governments, citizens, knowledge institutions and interest groups are used to multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder collaboration and are therefore a valuable source of knowledge and expertise.

The KIA MV will map the characteristics of mission-driven innovation and the need for improved or new knowledge. To this end, regional innovation clusters are involved, which already have the characteristics of mission-driven innovation. An inventory is made of the methods used, types of citizen participation, revenue models, tools, governance and financing models and other aspects that determine the dynamics of these ecosystems.

The inventory of success factors, bottlenecks and knowledge questions forms the basis for multi-year scientific and practice-oriented research. Innovation methods are improved, developed, tested and validated. In order to subsequently organise and support its application and thus the upscaling of innovation in Dutch innovation clusters programmatically.

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KIC Social Earning Capacity

For researchers | Deadline pre-registration: 17 June, 2021

Innovation is essential for a vibrant economy that also tackles societal challenges. The urgency, complexity and scale of these challenges place demands on the ecosystem in which innovations are developed and scaled up. This requires interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder cooperation, the (further) development of, among other things, revenue models, new forms of cooperation and behavioural change, innovation methods, governance and financing models and policy.


Track 1: Research
Scientific and practice-oriented research is programmed in the first track. There are many questions about how to implement and scale up innovations faster, while society is going through many fundamental transitions. That is why the set of instruments for mission-driven innovation is being further developed with a multi-year research programme from NWO. Research groups work together with regional innovation clusters. The ambition is to have different groups submit together, so that cross-pollination takes place. The first call for project proposals will open at the end of 2020.

Track 2: Experiment
In the second track, the developed instruments of track 1 are tested, improved and validated.
Research into methods, working methods and models is linked to concrete regional challenges and innovation clusters. Lessons from field research are fed back to the research projects. In field labs, universities of applied sciences can use arrangements from the SIA Steering Body. SIA supports parties to optimally deploy schemes such as SPRONG, LINT, KIEM, GO (CI and CHEM) and innovation trainees.

Track 3: Scaling up and accelerating
In the third track, regional innovation clusters are strengthened with renewed innovation methodologies.
The developed and validated instruments are disseminated, among others, together with the regional development companies. Upscaling programmes may consist of training and supervision of leaders of innovation clusters and intermediaries, so that they can use new knowledge and expertise from research and experiment.

The KIA Social Earning Power is coordinated by TKI CLICKNL, led by Bart Ahsmann, whom can be reached via

The KIA MV will strengthen regional innovation clusters that have the following characteristics:

  • Mission-driven
    The initiatives contribute to tackling social challenges, the missions.
  • Upscaling challenge
    The initiatives are struggling with upscaling challenges. For example, that there is no clear ownership, contextual factors or because of the current governance. Investigating these upscaling challenges can provide insights into current obstacles. Tailored support can lead to a steep learning curve and acceleration of the intended transition.
  • Multi-helix collaboration
    Industry sees business potential, there is administrative support and interest from the research agenda. Where possible, citizens and / or end users are involved.
  • Urgent local problems
    Social urgency is felt in the region within the areas of ‘living’, ‘working’ and ‘residency’. For example, local wishes and conditions can be taken into account. Starting from the social problem, regional stakeholders can experiment with technological and social innovation methodologies.
  • Multi-year budget
    The initiatives have their own multi-year budget. An indication of long-term commitment.
  • Cross-regional problem
    Similar questions arise elsewhere in the country. The insights obtained and the instruments developed can be used in other innovation clusters.

Example cases

stichting steenbreek

Stichting Steenbreek

Climate change is leading to urban heat islands, increasing drought and heavy, short showers, resulting in flooding. This also has consequences for health and safety in residential areas. Steenbreek Foundation is a collaboration of companies, government institutions, social organisations, involved residents and research groups to tackle these problems by making living and working areas greener in order to enhance biodiversity. They organise workshops and knowledge days, conduct research and set up innovation processes.

Mineral Valley

Mineral Valley

The Twente region has a net manure surplus. As a result, manure is mainly seen as waste, rather than valuable raw material. Mineral Valley Twente is investigating whether manure can gain value through processing into other raw materials or through manure fermentation. We also look at the preservation and improvement of soil quality, for example through precision agriculture. Based on the farmer's demand for innovation, 20 testing grounds have been set up.