In order to stimulate the competitiveness the EU council invoked the Lisbon-Process. In addition, the crucial importance of R&D for future competitiveness is highlighted by the Barcelona objectives which hold that the EU will approach 3% R&D spending relative to the gross domestic product of which 2/3 is financed by industry and 1/3 is contributed by the public sector. In recent years some small progress towards the Barcelona objectives has been made by some member states. However, there is still a large gap between the objective and it is the current realisation. This is especially the case with regard to private investment in R&D, most notably so as compared to the US and Japan. Hence, there is an obvious need for governments in nearly all EU countries to reconfigure public R&D and innovation policies towards improved stimuli for private R&D investment. The objectives of this study included four main issues:

I. Mapping
Identification, listing and mapping of all the initiatives/research programmes with significant impact on innovation. The mapping identified various types of initiatives and different contacts points to establish a platform for sharing information.

II. Benchmarking
Benchmark of methodologies used to assess the impact of R&D on innovation and the relevant strategies adopted to increase this impact.

III. Good practices
Identification of good practices in the design management and implementation of R&D initiatives/programmes. Another important issue in the project was to identifiy  the possible and most ef-fective means to diffuse them.

IV. Conference
Organisation of an international conference to present, validate and dis-seminate results and pave the way for further co-operation of the involved actors, in order to maximise the benefits for the European innovation area. The conference took place 23rd and 24th October 2007 in Berlin and was a platform to discuss R&D programmes for scientists and practitioners.

Selected Publications


Europäische Kommission, DG Enterprise and Industry , Brüssel , BE

Project duration

01.01.2006 - 30.04.2009

Cooperation partner

Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH - Institut für Technologie- und Regionalpolitik, Wien, AT
United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht, NL
Optimat Ltd. Glasgow Scottish Enterprise Technology Park, Glasgow, UK
VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, Berlin, DE
Management Science Laboratory (MSL), Athens University of Economics and Business, Athen, GR
Warsaw School of Economics (WSE), Word Economic Research Institute, Warsaw, PL
Wise Guys Ltd., Brighton, UK