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Benchmarking Russia and Ukraine with respect to the Innovation TrendChart

Final Report Summary - BRUIT (Benchmarking Russia and Ukraine with respect to the Innovation TrendChart)

The overall aim of the BRUIT project was to research and benchmark the innovation capacities and policies of Russia and Ukraine by using the methodologies and indicators used by the Inno Policy TrendChart ( please see http://www.proinno-europe.eu/trendchart online).

In order to enhance the training of the Russian and Ukrainian partners and further the integration of Russia and Ukraine into Inno Policy TrendChart, the Russian and Ukrainian consortium partners participated in the bi-annual Inno Policy TrendChart Network meeting involving country correspondents from over 30 countries. The first network meeting was held in Oslo during June 2007 and the second in Brussels in late October 2007.

Also, as part of their training activities, the Russian and Ukrainian consortium partners participated in innovation policy workshops on 'Restructuring of public R&D institutions' and 'Policy monitoring' held in Kiev in early November 2007. The workshops were held together with the RIPKA and INTAS SCRIPTS projects, which involved similar innovation research activities in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Kazakhstan. Over 45 people attended the event - hosted by the Ukrainian partner STEPS - including representatives from the Ukrainian Agency for Investment and Innovations, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Economics, Ministry of Industrial Policy, State Committee of Statistics and Parliament. Prior to the event, the innovation policy experts from the six EECA countries prepared country briefing reports detailing the situation in their own countries concerning restructuring of public R&D institutions and policy monitoring. With the support of Professor Slavo Radosevic (Assystem) and Professor Lena Tsipouri (University of Athens), the two innovation policy topics were discussed in detail and conclusions and recommendations reported in output reports.

Over the course of the project, the Russian and Ukrainian partners systematically collected information about innovation policies in their countries and who is responsible for them. Comprehensive details about 15 Ukrainian innovation policies and 17 Russian ones can be found on the Inno Policy TrendChart website.

Socio-economic data was collected for Russia and Ukraine for 26 indicators that make up the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS). Using the indicators to calculate a summary innovation index (SII), the national innovation performance was calculated for the two countries. Russia and Ukraine ranked 27th and 35th respectively out of 36 countries (including 27 EU Member States).

The 2007 Ukraine and Russia Inno Policy TrendChart country reports were presented during a final dissemination workshop hosted by the Russian partner IMEMO in Moscow in late January 2008. The workshop was attended by about 35 people including representatives of the president's administration of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Science and Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Delegation of the EC to Russia. The reports describe and evaluate in detail the national innovation systems that currently exist in the two countries. The reports also highlight the three main innovation policy challenges faced by each country. In Russia, the challenges are:
1) increasing R&D expenditure up to 2,5 % GDP and increase non budget expenditure up to 70 % of national R&D by 2015;
2) increasing the number of innovation enterprises; and
3) reforming and streamlining the research sector so that it becomes more dynamic and responsive to innovation needs.
In Ukraine, the challenges are:
1) encouraging innovation activity in the business sector;
2) restructuring of the state R&D sector; and
3) improving policy design and implementation by creating effective mechanisms for the generation and dissemination of innovation.
The country reports are available on the BRUIT project and Inno Policy TrendChart websites.

The BRUIT consortium has been active in promoting the project's results to government officials, innovation experts and a wider audience. Between 150-200 people attended innovation training and dissemination workshops during the project. Furthermore, articles about the project have appeared in Alpha Galileo, CORDIS News and CORDIS Focus, Poisk, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and the Ukrainian Journal Science of Science.

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