Innovation and Translation

Exploring how science, technology and innovation can be translated responsibly and sustainably into collective benefits for society

Research, commentary, and events

  • Three scientists working in a lab looking at petri dishes

    Commentary

    Can Open Science Help to Make Research More Accessible?

    13 Oct 2017

    The leading principle of open science is that anyone, whether they are part of the research community or the public, should be able to access scientific knowledge. Free circulation of knowledge, the sharing of research results, and transparency of methodology are core tenets of the scientific method.

  • Synthetic Biology Research at NASA Ames

    Project

    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.

  • Research, science and medical system in Europe concept with EU flag and microscope icon

    Project

    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.

  • Health data displaying cardiac conduction system

    Project

    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.

  • Many open doors with DNA strand clouds

    Project

    Monitoring Open Science Trends in Europe

    20 Mar 2017

    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.

  • Children's Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

    Project

    Evaluating the Impact of Oxford's Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

    26 Jan 2017

    RAND Europe and the Office of Health Economics evaluated the local impacts of the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre on local hospital care, research and industry.

  • Computers room at the university

    Project

    Identifying Successful Innovations in European Higher Education

    23 Dec 2016

    More students than ever are attending higher education, and its provision is becoming more fluid, global and competitive. Higher education institutions need to have a strategy to incorporate innovative modes of teaching and learning, as well as the management and governance of higher education.

  • The word Truth appearing behind torn brown paper

    Commentary

    In a 'Post-Truth' World, Evidence and Experts Matter More Than Ever

    16 Dec 2016

    For policymakers and politicians, evidence should be at the heart of everything because it is crucial to the policymaking cycle. It frames what kind of questions need to be asked, what research or analysis needs to be done, what policy options can be considered, and how they should be evaluated. Put simply, we need evidence to know what works and why.

  • Internet of Things illustration

    Project

    Accelerating the Internet of Things in the UK

    04 Oct 2016

    Insights from Internet of Things (IoT) implementations and informed users of technology led researchers to support a process for policy feedback that can inform IoT development and adoption in the UK.

  • Two scientists in protective gear working in a microbiology laboratory

    Commentary

    European and American Efforts to Tackle AMR: Great Minds Think Alike (Almost Always)

    19 Aug 2016

    The United States and the European Union are committed to tackling antimicrobial resistance. Their efforts share objectives around key areas for improvement, such as the stewardship of existing antimicrobials, surveillance of their use, and development of new antimicrobials.

  • A doctor looking at an image of a human brain on a tablet

    Commentary

    Who's Funding Mental Health Research Worldwide?

    17 Aug 2016

    The size and diversity of mental health research is significant, but it remains a loosely defined field in which funders tend not to spell out what counts as mental health. An outline of the current state of mental health research funding worldwide helps to address the huge challenges of mental illness.

  • A group of people collaborating

    Commentary

    What Can We Learn from High-Performing Research Units?

    28 Jun 2016

    Central characteristics of high-performing research units are the high quality of the people and the culture and values displayed within the department, which is often a result of leadership. It is also interesting to explore their differences, such as what makes a unit particularly good at having impact versus producing high-quality publications.

  • Double decker bus going by Big Ben and Parliament in London, UK

    Commentary

    Looking Out the Window to Transport in 2035

    27 Jun 2016

    The UK's roads, railways, and airports are some of the most congested in the world. Exploring future transport scenarios and the technologies that will drive them can help guide today's policy and investment decisions.

  • Brexit referendum concept with stethoscope

    Commentary

    Brexit and Health Research: An Uncertain Picture

    23 May 2016

    The impact of leaving the EU on UK health research would depend greatly upon the terms and conditions of such a major change. But by exploring different scenarios, each with its own set of political and economic assumptions, we can get a picture of the potential impacts.

  • Medical healthcare test using a centrifuge

    Commentary

    NIHR's Impacts on the Health Research Landscape

    19 May 2016

    The National Institute for Health Research is now ten years old. What benefits has it had on the health research landscape in the UK since its formation?