Innovation Policies

Innovation Union Competitiveness Report 2011

The full report is available online (on the European Commission website). You may also go directly to the executive summary (available in 22 languages), any of the major sections or look chapter by chapter. The report also provides country-specific analysis on selected indicators.

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Canada's Technology Triangle: an example of public-private collaboration to boost innovation and investments

One of the laeding experiences in public-private collaboration is from the Waterloo Region in Canada.  Canada's Technology Triangle Inc., under the direction of its Board, engaged in a strategic planning process in late 2008 to better align our future business planning with our municipal and community partners and the economy. The objective was to create a five-year strategic plan for CTT Inc, from which a five-year business plan and annual action plans will be developed
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Guidelines for universities and other research institutions to improve their links with industry across Europe

One important problem is how to make better useof publicly funded R&D. Compared to North America, the average university in Europe, generates far fewer inventions and patents. This islargely due to a less systematic and professional management of knowledge and intellectual property by European universities. Moreover, efficient knowledge transfer in European research institutionsis hindered by a range of factors, including:cultural differences between the business and science communities; lack of incentives; legal barriers; and fragmented markets for knowledgeand technology8. All of these factors adversely affectEuropean growth and jobs creation. In attachments a guidelines for universities and other research institutions to improve their links with industry across Europe. Pubblication from the European Union .Directorate-General for Research

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The role of community research policy in the knowledge-based economy

Asked to reflect on the role of Community research policy in the development of the knowledge-based economy, the Expert Group (EG) took stock of ongoing reflections and analyses of research and innovation systems in Europe in the context of global trends, and experience gained of addressing the Lisbon strategy, including issues of governance. Active at a time of the most severe global economic and financial crisis in decades, when furthermore major societal challenges such as the long-term implications of climate change have taken on growing importance, the EG also chose to focus on opportunities for more radical reforms in Community as well as Member States' (MS) research and innovation policies.

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