Innovation and Translation

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

Research, commentary, and events

  • Medical researcher uses pipette to drop blood on a sterile slide

    Project

    Evaluating the Impact of EU R&D into PRNDs

    EU-funded research and development into poverty-related and neglected diseases has had a significant impact on strengthening research capacity in low- and middle-income countries, but its effects on encouraging universal health coverage is less clear.

    21 Feb 2018

  • Blockchain cryptocurrency financial technology concept with binary code

    Commentary

    Blockchain: Should We Believe the Hype?

    Industry, governments and academics are all speculating on the ways in which blockchain could revolutionize everything from finance to the music industry. Now is the time for policymakers and industry to take note and find out what blockchain could offer.

    30 Nov 2017

  • Autonomous vehicles

    Commentary

    Driverless Cars: The Race Is On for Policy to Catch Up

    Driverless cars could be tested on Britain’s roads by 2021. While this is likely to be great news to many, the race is now on for policymaking to catch up. Why? Because driverless cars could substantially change more than just the way people travel.

    27 Nov 2017

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    Project

    SBRI Healthcare Programme Helps Small Businesses Innovate for NHS

    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.

    30 Oct 2017

  • Three scientists working in a lab looking at petri dishes

    Commentary

    Can Open Science Help to Make Research More Accessible?

    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.

    13 Oct 2017

  • Synthetic Biology Research at NASA Ames

    Project

    Developing Standards for Synthetic Biology

    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.

    11 Sep 2017

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

    Project

    Assessing the Outputs from European Research Council-funded Projects

    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.

    07 Jul 2017

  • Health data displaying cardiac conduction system

    Project

    Exploring and Communicating the Value of Health Data

    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.

    27 Apr 2017

  • Many open doors with DNA strand clouds

    Project

    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.

    20 Mar 2017

  • Children's Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

    Project

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

    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.

    26 Jan 2017

  • Computers room at the university

    Project

    Identifying Successful Innovations in European Higher Education

    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.

    23 Dec 2016

  • The word Truth appearing behind torn brown paper

    Commentary

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

    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.

    16 Dec 2016

  • Internet of Things illustration

    Project

    Accelerating the Internet of Things in the UK

    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.

    04 Oct 2016

  • Two scientists in protective gear working in a microbiology laboratory

    Commentary

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

    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.

    19 Aug 2016

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

    Commentary

    Who's Funding Mental Health Research Worldwide?

    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.

    17 Aug 2016