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

  • 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.

  • 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.