European Innovation

The Community Innovation Survey (CIS) is a survey conducted every 4 years by EU member states that allows the monitoring of Europe’s progress in the area of innovation.

ISRU's involvement in CIS II was a 3 year long application of multivariate techniques to a large survey of data from enterprises in 15 European countries. The objective of the project was to provide a clear view of the enterprises as regards their attitudes and behaviours toward innovation issues. Ultimately the study helped European policy makers spend funds in the right areas. Various patterns of collaboration were found between countries and patterns of innovation within EC industry were highlighted.

Business innovation is a vital ingredient in raising the productivity, competitiveness and growth potential of modern economies. Providing the right economic conditions for, and using appropriate policy instruments to encourage innovation is a central objective government. The Community Innovation Survey complements other indicators of innovativeness by providing a regular snapshot of innovation inputs and outputs and the constraints faced by European businesses in their innovation efforts. It has the additional benefit of providing the basis for comparisons between European countries.


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