Networking Workshop Governance of Innovation Agencies

Very professional and inspiring and well moderated.

Tatiana Skrakova, SIEA


Very good in depth discussions. Open atmosphere towards each other. Well hosted.

André Leinarts, RVO


The discussions were very intensive and I had a lot of insights that were only possible to have in such a workshop setting. Was great to participate.

Gaston Trauffler, Luxinnovation


It was a good workshop. Great to tell about our organisation. Good discussion! Thank you for the invitation.

Pieter van der Veen, RVO

Date & Place: 4 October 2017, Vienna, Austria


Length: 1 day, 10:00-16:00


Host: FFG – Austrian Research Promotion Agency


Speakers & Moderators: Sabine Mayer, Harald Hochreiter - FFG Austrian Research Promotion Agency

Brief Description

The interface between principal (very often federal ministries) and agent (in our cases the agencies) determines how agencies work. The interface influences the way agencies make use of the knowledge they derive from the interaction with the target groups of RTI funding. It also impacts on their ability to design and implement policy measures such as funding and support programmes, how they are able to manage their portfolio, exploit the benefits of longer term planning, and organise their activities in an efficient way. Taftie agencies exhibit a variety of different governance models, from being responsible for an (multi) annual budget and being monitored against a small set of defined indicators (performance, outcome- and impact indicators) to more short term and detailed regulations and less flexibility for the agency.



During the workshop, different models and their advantages and disadvantages were discussed. As FFG is currently evaluated and governance is one of the core questions in that evaluation, some discussions and a very brief survey have already been started within the Taftie framework, this was the starting point for the workshop.

FFG collected information on governance models of agencies that participated in the workshop (if not already available) prior to the workshop and prepared an overview of governance models to start the discussion.


The workshop itself tried to identify criteria for good practices (what makes a practice a good one? good for whom?) and aimed at identifying good practices. What works? e.g. what are well suited indicators to be used as governance tools?