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Call for tenders relating to the preparation of the European report on science and technology indicators: feasibility studies

The European Commission, DG XII, has published a call for tenders for the provision of feasibility studies relating to the preparation of future editions of the European report on science and technology indicators.

The first European report on science and technology indicators was published by the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, in 1994 (EUR 15897 FR) with the aim of providing a common and useful reference base for public and private decision makers.

In view of the preparation of future editions of this report the Commission would like to carry out feasibility studies in the following two areas:

- Science and technology in the twentieth century;
- Effectiveness indicators - cost and benefit.

The first of these two studies will involve the preparation of a report on the development of science and technology in the twentieth century. This report should identify information sources and evaluate the availability of statistical information relating to the development of science and technology throughout the twentieth century. It should then evaluate the possibility of building up long series by drawing up, if necessary, retrospective estimates on the development of RTD expenditure, the number of researchers, and science and technology achievements in the principal industrialized countries. It must also provide background information for the preparation of an in-depth analysis of changes in national RTD systems, science and technology institutions and policies.

The second study is intended to provide information on the preparation of effectiveness indicators by public and private research programmes in Europe. It should present a preliminary analysis of the various indicators that can be set up to assess the "cost/benefit" effectiveness of the research programmes. It should also provide quantitative and qualitative information to test the most relevant indicators for public (national and international) and industrial research programmes carried out by one or several companies. In addition, it is expected to study the availability of information, suggest the most adequate means of obtaining it and put forward proposals on the methods to be followed.
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