Research Projects on Science, Technology, and Innovation

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    Understanding researcher views on REF 2021

    24 Nov 2021

    A real-time evaluation of the REF 2021 assessment process found that overall views on the REF are mixed. Many researchers perceive that the REF has a negative influence on UK researchers and the research community, but views on specific aspects and influences of the REF are more nuanced.

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    Making outcome-based payment a reality in the NHS: Phase 2

    23 Nov 2021

    To prepare for the implementation of a pilot scheme to pay for cancer drugs based on achieved outcomes, researchers addressed issues identified in the first phase of research, such as the quality and completeness of real-world data on key patient outcomes.

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    5G supply market trends

    23 Aug 2021

    An in-depth analysis of plausible developments of the 5G equipment and services supply market looking out to 2030 identified four potential trend scenarios and analysed economic, technological, environmental, and societal impacts for each.

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    Evaluating the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

    23 Aug 2021

    RAND Europe, with the support of Frontier Economics, is leading a four-year independent evaluation of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, building on evaluations of each of the ISCF Challenges to examine the impact of the ISCF as a whole.

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    Exploring the value of engineering and physical sciences doctorates

    11 Aug 2021

    To support the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's review of their investment in doctoral education, researchers are exploring the skills required for doctoral graduates in the sector, and how students see doctoral education contributing to the development of these skills and to their career pathways.

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    Tackling societal challenges and guiding the future of research and innovation in Norway

    09 Aug 2021

    Researchers identified 20 priority missions and 10 structural measures that could help the Research Council of Norway to develop a strong and resilient research and innovation environment in the strategic areas of oceans, green transition, health and welfare, cohesion and globalisation, and technology and digitalisation.

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    Protecting human rights in the digital age

    04 Aug 2021

    Interventions to foster and strengthen safeguards for human rights in the digital age take place in a rapidly evolving technology, political and socio-cultural landscape. Several overarching principles could inform and guide organisations' capacity-building efforts.

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    Future scenarios of the Credit Information Market

    29 Jul 2021

    Researchers identified four plausible scenarios of how the credit information market might develop in five to ten years’ time, as well as five key drivers of change.

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    Decarbonising UK transport

    15 Jul 2021

    A series of seven roadmaps for decarbonising domestic transport in the UK informed the UK Government’s 2021 Transport Decarbonisation Plan. These roadmaps address: cars and light goods vehicles; buses; coaches; heavy goods vehicles; rail; domestic shipping; and domestic aviation

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    Supporting Your DNA, Your Say

    08 Jul 2021

    RAND Europe is providing support to the Your DNA, Your Say project in terms of design and implementation of the analysis of survey data and reporting results in scientific papers.

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    Examining the digital skills gap

    21 Jun 2021

    Researchers are conducting a macro-level analysis of the key trends that drive the digital skills gap and are looking at the evidence to see what practical steps are being taken to address this challenge and potentially ‘close’ the gap.

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    Supporting the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy

    09 Jun 2021

    In support of the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy, researchers produced two analytical papers discussing issues relating to approaches taken to identify online platforms with significant market power and developments concerning business-to-business platforms, and emerging cloud services.

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    Assessing the consistency of UK climate risk approaches with new ISO guidelines

    28 May 2021

    Research for the UK Climate Resilience Programme aims to help organisations in the UK determine which guidance documents are most appropriate for their purposes and whether existing documents might be updated to reduce inconsistencies with ISO guidelines and strengthen weaknesses.

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    Developing future scenarios for the sustainable use of pesticides

    12 May 2021

    To help the EU formulate an appropriate policy trajectory to accomplish its ambitious pesticide reduction targets, researchers are conducting a foresight study for the sustainable use of pesticides in relation to promoting sustainable food systems and protecting health and the environment.

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    Crisis response in a changing climate

    04 May 2021

    Researchers identified climate change challenges likely to emerge and propose five concrete policy actions that the UK Ministry of Defence could take to mitigate the impact of climate change on crisis response situations.

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    How AI can support the European Border and Coast Guard

    29 Mar 2021

    Three baseline gaps should be addressed to maximise the opportunities provided by artificial intelligence in European border security: knowledge gaps between stakeholder groups; organisational, structural, cultural and expertise gaps; and broader gaps in the evidence base.

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    Identifying patterns and factors affecting adoption of electric vehicles across the UK

    01 Mar 2021

    Researchers examined patterns of electric vehicles adoption across the country to help locate areas where investment in electric repair and servicing skills is needed.

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    The use of public engagement for technological innovation

    29 Jan 2021

    Because different public engagement techniques may be more or less effective in promoting selected outcomes, researchers found that a diverse range of techniques should be used to engage the public in technological innovation.

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    Reviewing the role and contributions of the Wellcome Sanger Institute and Genome Campus

    20 Jan 2021

    An evaluation of the contributions of the Wellcome Sanger Institute found that it acts as a leader in genetics and genomics research and international collaborations, shaped by the institute’s specific values and ethos around openness, data sharing and collaboration.

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    Technology and the future of cybercrime

    15 Dec 2020

    To prepare for and mitigate the impact of emerging technologies on cybercrime, Estonia could consider broad anti-cybercrime capacity building; seek legal, regulatory and organisational agility; and invest in technological expertise, skills and research.