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

  • Connected Society Thought Leadership Programme

    RAND Europe worked in partnership with the Corsham Institute to design and deliver the 2017 Thought Leadership Programmes. The consultations explored the opportunities and challenges that digital technologies are creating within society.

Selected Research

  • Reviewing the Hong Kong Research Grants Council

    03 Nov 2017

    The Hong Kong Research Grants Council has established a positive reputation as the territory's primary research grant funder. Stakeholder interviews uncovered many positive views about what the council has achieved, as well as suggestions for improvement.

  • SBRI Healthcare Programme Helps Small Businesses Innovate for NHS

    30 Oct 2017

    The SBRI Healthcare programme is viewed as providing effective support for small companies to develop innovations that address NHS needs. Because some businesses have asked for more support taking innovations to the NHS, Academic Health Science Networks need clear guidance about how they could support SBRI-supported companies.

  • Social Media in Africa: A Double-Edged Sword for Security and Development

    03 Oct 2017

    RAND is conducting research into the links between social media use and online radicalisation in six African countries. With a focus on ISIL, al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the study maps governmental efforts to address the problem and sets out recommendations for policy and programming.

  • Understanding Private Sector Researcher Mobility

    28 Sep 2017

    The UK is an attractive place to work for researchers in the private sector, but Britain's decision to leave the EU has led to concerns from industry around access to talent, staff retention, and research funding.

  • Exploring Health Futures

    21 Sep 2017

    Through a survey of experts from across the health and science fields, researchers captured 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.

  • 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.