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Special report: Innobarometer vs Innovation Scoreaboard; 2004 Trend Chart Statistical Papers Series, IB Results

Funded under: FP5-INNOVATION-SME


Although all EU member states provide a range of support programmes for innovation, there is a lack of comparable data on the percentage of innovative firms that use different types of innovation support programmes or the characteristics of these firms. The 2004 Innobarometer survey provides relevant data on these issues through a survey of 4,534 innovative firms in the 25 EU member states with between 20 and 499 employees. The survey focuses on two general policy areas of importance to innovation: 1) the use and value of eight types of programmes to support innovation and 2) the effect of product and process regulation on firm competitiveness.
A firm must have a relevant innovation activity to make use of specific policies. For example, only firms that perform research in-house will be eligible for research support. Once eligibility is taken into account, there is almost a four-fold difference between the highest and lowest use rates for innovation support programmes. The highest rates are in Austria and Cyprus, where the average firm uses over 20% of available policies for which it is eligible, while the lowest rates (below 7.2%) are in Latvia, the Czech Republic, and Luxembourg. The percentage of firms that use at least one innovation support programme ranges from a high of 60.6% in Cyprus to a low of 16.7% in Latvia.

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