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

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    04 Oct 2019

    What is the future of UK research and assessment?

    Although technology, policy, and the international environment are changing the UK research landscape, and many researchers expect to produce more diverse forms of outputs in the future, they also think journal articles and conference contributions will remain the dominant form of output.

Selected Research

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    Practices and combinations of practices for health and wellbeing at work

    29 Aug 2019

    Researchers are examining the factors that enable or hinder the implementation of workplace health and wellbeing practices. The research will consider whether certain combinations of practices are more effective than other combinations, or effective for some types of organisations and not others.

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    Technology's potential to tackle climate change in global agri-food systems

    05 Aug 2019

    A pilot study aims to identify trends, opportunities and constraints in the use of emerging technologies to address climate-related challenges within the agri-food system. The findings will help to inform and test the potential for future research on the topic.

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    Supporting FasterCures' project on biomedical innovation metrics

    19 Jul 2019

    Researchers are helping FasterCures in their effort to understand the metrics that currently measure innovation in the biomedical ecosystem. They will also establish to what degree these existing approaches are appropriate and relevant to measure and drive innovation for the benefit of patients.

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    How technology may change services sectors

    26 Jun 2019

    Researchers explored how 'game-changing' tech like robotics, autonomous transport, blockchain, virtual and augmented reality, and wearable devices will impact the EU's services sectors, and their wider socio-economic implications.

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    Designing an evaluation framework for the NHMRC

    17 Jun 2019

    The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia, have established a new grant program meant to emphasize fairness, reduce burden, and boost innovation and creativity in research funding processes. Researchers developed an evaluation framework and set of metrics to monitor the performance of the program.

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    Benchmarking deployment of eHealth among European GPs

    30 May 2019

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

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    Understanding the UK's pregnancy research needs and priorities

    25 Mar 2019

    The Department of Health’s Chief Medical Officer recommended a review of the research needs and expenditure on pregnancy in the UK. This study aims to generate a sound evidence base on UK pregnancy research needs and priorities, and how that compares to the current funding landscape.

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    Case studies provide lessons in oversight of emerging S&T

    21 Mar 2019

    Ten case studies examine science and technology oversight around the world. Based on these studies, researchers compiled a list of lessons for policymakers and stakeholders interested in encouraging and enabling emerging technology.