The global emergency caused by the pandemic has demonstrated that an anticipative, rapid and effective R&I response is crucial towards achieving resilience and responsible growth, thus making it an essential part of the coordinated EU response to the public health threat posed by Covid-19.

A recently published paper by the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) presents the areas of applicability for R&I policies, as well as an overview of the EU efforts to improve priority-setting in science and technology. In addition, it provides an in-depth analysis of Europe’s performance in science, research, and innovation over the past years, whilst offering extensive evidence and “deep dives” into emerging trends. It also captures the complex reality in which research and innovation are operating nowadays, and their interaction with other critical policy fileds such as education and skills.

As Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth highlights in the report:

”Research and innovation (R&I) is key for the future we want. They enable and drive the transition to a green and sustainable Europe tomorrow. They help us to better understand our world and provide solutions for the challenges ahead. While the COVID-19 pandemic has recently been disrupting our society, Europe has been facing global forces in the longer term and our planet has reached a tipping point. Climate change poses an existential threat: one of the 8 million species on earth is at risk of being lost, and forests and oceans are being polluted and destroyed. At the same time, no one should fall short on life’s essentials, such as food, housing, health, and education. In this context, R&I helps us to build a safe and just space for humanity, which avoids the overshoot of our planetary boundaries and preserves our social foundations. At the same time, the digital transformation of our economy and society, empowered by artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and quantum computing, is revolutionising the way we live, work and innovate at an unprecedented speed.”

Background information on the report

The “Science, Research and Innovation performance of the EU, 2020” (SRIP) analyses Europe’s performance dynamic in science, research and innovation and its drivers, in a global context. The Report combines a thorough, indicator-based macroeconomic analysis with deep analytical research dives into hot policy topics. The aim of the Report is to build a robust narrative that speaks to an audience of both Research and Innovation and Economics and Finance policy-makers and analysts. This is a flagship biennial publication by the DG RTD that draws on a long tradition of indicators and economic analyses. It is the second edition of this report series.


Read the full report here.

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