Frugal innovation by citizens for citizens

    Project: EU project

    Project Details


    "The need for affordable high-quality solutions, so-called Frugal Innovations (FI), has never been more obvious than in the current global health crisis. This is also the time, where Open Innovation (OI) shows its full potential for their development. Just consider the various online challenges aimed at the development of frugal ventilators. These online challenges not only manage to tap into the creative potential of experts from around the globe but also help these experts to find their perfect macht of teammates for the job at hand and assist them in technical matters by offering industry mentoring. FRANCIS will use the ability of OI online challenges to bridge geographical distances and social backgrounds for the development of FI with citizens from two developed countries as well as four emerging ones. While most OI online challenges today target students and start-ups, FRANCIS will address society at large, the ""everyday joe/jane"", including marginalized groups such as the poor, the elderly, large families and people with specific lifestyles (""minimalists""). The consortium believes that their contribution, though often neglected by economy and society alike, is of major value for new product development, especially when aiming at Frugal Innovation. To ensure their successful inclusion, FRANCIS will finetune the online platform and the communication material used in the challenges to the citizens' needs. Scientists will assist them in idea development, students will help with practical problems. Two companies, a small social enterprise (focus: desinfection) and a large multi-national organisation (focus: white goods), provide guidance during the challenges and ensure the FI's successful scaling at their end. Besides capturing the costs and benefits of the FI and assessing their impacts, FRANCIS will also run behavioural insights tests to learn more about the motivation and support needs of Citizen Frugal Innovators."
    Effective start/end date1/02/2131/01/24

    Collaborative partners

    • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    • Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) (lead)
    • BSH Home Appliances Industry and Trade Inc.
    • Agorize SAS
    • HELIOZ GmbH
    • InnoFrugal ry
    • Behavioural Insights Ltd

    UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

    Funding category

    • EU-H2020


    • citizen science
    • frugal innovation
    • Responsible Research and Innovation
    • sustainable development
    • H2020-EU.5.