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European Innovation Monitoring System (EIMS) - Research results

Research studies on innovation policy in Europe can now be found on a new Web site just launched on the CORDIS server. Abstracts of some 60 studies, conducted under the European Innovation Monitoring System are available on the World Wide Web. In addition, a special CORDIS Foc...
Research studies on innovation policy in Europe can now be found on a new Web site just launched on the CORDIS server. Abstracts of some 60 studies, conducted under the European Innovation Monitoring System are available on the World Wide Web. In addition, a special CORDIS Focus Supplement has been published to ensure the widest possible dissemination of the research results.

The European Innovation Monitoring System (EIMS) was launched in the early 1990s with the aim of providing information and analysis of the factors shaping, promoting and inhibiting innovation in companies across Europe. EIMS is one of the main actions in the EU's INNOVATION programme, and provides policy-makers at European and national level with key research on all aspects of innovation.

To fulfil this objective, EIMS undertakes a range of activities, including the monitoring of innovation and diffusion of new technologies through surveys and studies on themes such as capabilities and performance of firms, the use of innovation services, and the effects of public policies. These studies may be based on existing data or may involve collection and analysis of new data. Many of the EIMS studies are based on the results of the Community Innovation Survey (CIS I), making them unique. A second area of work is on the conceptual framework of the innovation process, focusing on models and theories of innovation and the use of new technologies. The aim is to develop methodologies and codes of best practice for use in Europe.

The results of the work outlined above contribute to the EIMS' role in the exchange of innovation policy experiences. Through exchanges of best practice, synergies between policy-makers at different levels are improved, with the aim of defining better the scope of policies at European, national, regional and local levels.

Some 60 EIMS studies have been completed in the following areas:

- Innovation in firms, including the Community Innovation Survey (CIS);
- Innovation policy and analysis;
- The legal and regulatory environment for innovation;
- Regional innovation issues and science parks;
- Innovation and technology transfer: supporting services and infrastructures;
- Financial environment for innovation;

Abstracts of each can be found on the World Wide Web and in the CORDIS Focus Supplement. The full studies may be obtained, many free of charge, and details of their availability can be found alongside the abstracts.

Source: CORDIS Information Collection Unit

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