Science, Technology & Innovation Research

European societies expect science, technology and innovation to promote economic growth and improved wellbeing. Research alone is insufficient. Its translation into discoveries of new processes, services and products is vital. And evaluation of the impact of scientific and social sciences research can lead to better funding decisions.

The factors that lead to innovation are complex and evolve. We use evidence to untangle complexity, recognise connections, and open channels for new thought. Our research aims to maximise the gains that science, technology and innovation can bring to society and the economy.

Featured Research

  • Monitoring Open Science Trends in Europe

    To track Open Science trends in Europe and identify the main drivers, incentives and constraints on its evolution, RAND Europe worked with Deloitte, Observatoire des Sciences et des Technologies (OST), Altmetric and Digital Science to develop a web-based monitor for the European Commission.

Selected Research

  • Assessing the Outputs from European Research Council-funded Projects

    07 Jul 2017

    RAND Europe and OST carried out a comprehensive scientometric assessment of the outputs of ERC grants – the first time that a full analysis of the ERC’s funded research has been conducted in this way.

  • Exploring Health Futures

    29 Jun 2017

    Through a survey of experts from across the health and science fields, researchers are trying to capture diverse perspectives on what health challenges in England will be like in 20–30 years’ time, and how they will differ from today, to inform NIHR’s future strategy and priorities with a rational view of the future.

  • Digital Society Thought Leadership Programme

    09 Jun 2017

    RAND Europe is working in partnership with the Corsham Institute to design and deliver yearly Thought Leadership Programmes, at St George’s House, Windsor. The programmes explore the opportunities and challenges that digital technologies are creating within society.

  • The Potential Role of Standards in Supporting the Growth of DLT/Blockchain

    11 May 2017

    Distributed ledger technologies including Blockchain present many opportunities as well as challenges. RAND Europe highlighted a set of priority areas that may require future standardisation to support the technology's growth.

  • Understanding Researcher Mobility

    04 May 2017

    A study for the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science, determined that professional motivations are the main drivers of researcher mobility and that most researchers feel there is an expectation that they be internationally mobile.

  • Exploring and Communicating the Value of Health Data

    27 Apr 2017

    Health data could provide a variety of social and economic benefits to the health system, including quality gains for both healthcare delivery and health research and innovation. However, societal and technical challenges to value capture must first be addressed.

  • Understanding Mental Health in the Research Environment

    25 Apr 2017

    The Royal Society and Wellcome Trust have requested an assessment of what is known about mental health in the research environment, and exploration of the strengths and limitations of the existing evidence base, to ensure researchers receive adequate mental health support.

  • Updating an Evaluation of Grant Peer Review in the Health Sciences

    31 Mar 2017

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research asked RAND Europe to update the 2009 study on grant peer review to provide a more widely applicable source of evidence around the strengths and weaknesses of peer review for grant funding assessment.