With competitiveness being increasingly based on intangibles, a mix of products and services that respond to users' needs, applying design thinking, tools and methods can improve performance and efficiency in the private and public sector.

Design-enabled innovation can be considered as a prominent example of "user-driven" innovation, where user involvement in the process is central, as in many cases innovation can better succeed through co-creation. User-centred design thinking and the application of design tools and methods, when applied to services, systems and organisations, enable structured service and business-model innovation, organisational innovation as well as other intangible forms of innovation.

The focus is on applying design tools and methods, since this offers a systematic approach to conceive user-driven innovations.

DESIGNSCAPES aims to achieve a better uptake, further enhancement and up scaling, of Design-enabled Innovation in Europe, through direct financial support to flagship and innovation generating initiatives as well as a huge capacity building effort targeting multiple stakeholder groups (citizens, researchers, practitioners, innovators and policy makers). In doing so, the project will foster the linkages between research, policy and practice, while contributing in making Europe a global leader in the domain.