EU and International Science and Technology Indicators

The existence of public and private bodies providing information on S&T activities at supra-state level makes it appropriate to include a section that allows for easy consultation and comparison of different international data and information, especially at European level.

Due to the amount of information available and the frequency with which these data change and are modified by organisms, a selection of the main sources is used in an attempt to update them.

In this case, the statistical sources to be handled come from international official bodies such as OECD, EUROSTAT and CORDIS, which provide data on Spanish participation in international R+D programs and offer comparisons of Spain and, where appropriate, regions with other European Union countries, OECD countries and Latin America.

European Innovation Scoreboard 2016

The European Innovation Scoreboard – previously Innovation Union Scoreboard – provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU Member States, other European countries, and regional neighbours. It assesses relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address. 

Concerning  2016, the EU is continuing to catch up with global innovation leaders. But innovation is still held back by low business investment and restrictive framework conditions, notably affecting SMEs.Sweden is once more the EU innovation leader, followed by Denmark, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands. The fastest growing innovators are Latvia, Malta, Lithuania, the Netherlands and the UK.

Link to the European Innovation Scoreboard

Regional Innovation Scoreboard (RIS) 2016

The Regional Innovation Scoreboard is a regional extension of the European Innovation Scoreboard, assessing the innovation performance of European regions on a limited number of indicators. The RIS 2016 covers 214 regions across 22 EU countries and Norway. In addition, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Malta are included at country level.

The most innovative regions are located in the most innovative countries, although regional innovative hubs exist in moderate innovator countries: Piemonte and Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Italy, País Vasco in Spain and Bratislavský kraj in Slovakia.

Specialisation in Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) increases regional innovation performance.

Link to the Regional Innovation Scoreboard

European Researh Area. Facts and Figures 2014

The Commission has developed the European Research Area -ERA- Monitoring Mechanism (EMM) with the objective of assessing progress in the compliance of ERA at three different but interrelated levels: national and regional policies, funders and research-performing organisations (RPOs).

This report presents progress observed in Member States in terms of adoption of measures in support of ERA. In collaboration with Member States and some Associated Countries, the Commission identified new measures and updated the contents of last year's state of play. It also presents - for the first time and based on results from the ERA survey 2014 - the state of play in terms of support provided by funders (RFOs) for the adoption of ERA measures as well as the implementation of ERA in the different research-performing organisations (RPO).

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OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2015.

The OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2015 draws on the latest internationally comparable data to uncover the strengths of OECD and other leading economies and explore the continuing challenges to overcome the effects of the recent financial and economic crises. It features indicators traditionally used to monitor developments in science, technology, innovation and industry, and complements them with new and experimental indicators that provide new insights into areas of policy interest.
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Science, technology and innovation in Europe Pocketbooks. 2013 edition

This pocketbook gives an overview of science, technology and innovation (STI) statistics. All the statistical data and indicators are based on sources available at Eurostat. Only the most relevant indicators have been selected so as to give an overall statistical picture of science, technology and innovation in Europe and of where the EU stands in relation to its partners.
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Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 will replace the old European Union Research Framework Programs in the period 2014-2020. The abundant existing information is available on the website The summary HORIZON 2020 in brief of March 2014 is selected on this page.
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