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Policy Synthesis of EU Research Results, Series no 7: Research, Innovation and Technology Policy, EUR 23164

Funded under: FP6-CITIZENS


In between 1994 and 2004 the fourth and fifth Framework Programme (FP) supported a number of research projects to address various aspects of technological change and innovation and its consequences for society, economy and policy. Twenty of those projects were selected, on the basis of an initial appreciation of their potential, to be reviewed with the aim to highlight their implications for research, technology and innovation (RTI) policy.
The selection of projects reflects the current dominance, in innovation research, of insights from evolutionary economics, modern firm theories, institutional economics and the heuristics of innovation systems. These approaches provide the framework for empirical investigations which use a wide range of empirical techniques and data sources. In the documentation reviewed, the findings from these projects are, in general, well elaborated, and new perspectives are presented in a reflexive and discursive way. Although many such findings are well diffused within the scientific community, the translation of research insights into the practice of policy-making is still fragmented and somewhat lagging behind. The report tries to fill this gap by identifying the policy-relevant lessons which emerge when considering and contrasting the projects together.

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