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

  • Developing Standards for Synthetic Biology

    11 Sep 2017

    Researchers identified the impact the adoption of synthetic biology is likely to have on the global marketplace, as well as barriers to preventing the rapid scale-up and commercialisation of the technology.

  • Understanding Mental Health in the Research Environment

    22 Aug 2017

    Burnout and stress can be a challenge for university research staff and postgraduates. An exploration of the strengths and limitations of the existing evidence base on mental health in the research environment found that more work is needed to understand both the needs of researchers and how they can be addressed.

  • Benchmarking Deployment of eHealth among European GPs

    21 Aug 2017

    RAND Europe and partners aim to measure the use of ICT and eHealth applications by primary care physicians in the EU 28 Member States and Norway, compare results with the 2013 study, and analyse the main drivers of change and factors that can enhance or inhibit the role and use of technologies within health care.

  • RAND Europe Focus on Open Science

    18 Aug 2017

    Open science aims to create greater transparency in research and remove barriers to sharing at all stages of the research process. RAND Europe contributes to open science through monitoring research and informing decision-making.

  • Increasing Transparency and Engagement in the EFSA Risk Assessment Process

    01 Aug 2017

    To promote trust and confidence in the European Food Safety Authority's risk assessment process, RAND Europe and partners created an impact assessment methodology and identified at least five measures EFSA should pursue.

  • 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.

  • Potential Tipping Points in a Transition to a Net Zero Future

    23 Jun 2017

    To better understand the potential factors affecting Europe's ability to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, the European Climate Foundation has commissioned a series of surveys with experts and stakeholders.