Utilization of the results of public research and development in the United Kingdom
This study identifies the two key features of the processes for utilising the results of publicly funded research, development and technology programmes in the UK. The first is the lack of an overall policy for public support or utilisation of results. Public funds available are diminishing in real terms, so that at all levels there is increasing concern to secure the maximum commercial benefits from the results of R and D. In technology public spending is focussed on high risk or collaborative projects, rather than on projects close to the marketplace. Research projects concerned with statutory obligations and policy implementation have greater security of funding than other areas, as has R and D in the defence sphere funded through the Ministry of Defence. The second key feature is the growing awareness of the importance of the utilisation of results. There is more scope for personal and corporate initiative for those individuals and institutions involved in R and D. There is a need for greater support in terms of technology transfer through government initiatives and the development of intercompany relationships. The report recommends a review of established practices in external consultancy and contract R and D, and the establishment of a consistent set of guidelines for this area.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11539 EN (1989) 104 pp.
Record Number: 198910119 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en