European Commission selects Science-Metrix-led consortium for new multi-year project on R&I landscape

January 2023

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD) has selected Science-Metrix to carry out the project “Quantitative evidence to EU R&I policy.” The goal of the 3-year project is to give a better understanding of the EU’s Research and Innovation (R&I) landscape by providing indicators that will supplement official statistics on R&I activity, to support EU policymaking in that sphere.

Science-Metrix (Elsevier B.V.), with Fraunhofer ISI acting as a major subcontractor, will collect data and construct indicators related to scientific publications, patents, trademarks, community designs, trade secrets, and copyrights at the country, regional, and institutional levels (with focus on the EU). Policy briefs pertinent to EU R&I policymaking will be prepared with advice and input from the respective teams of policy experts Dr. Eric Iversen of NIFU and Mr. Hugo Hollanders of Maastricht University/UNU-MERIT.

The data will cover the 2000–2020 period and will be broken down according to several classification systems (e.g., Horizon 2020 Societal Grand Challenges and Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), Horizon Europe Global Challenges, Horizon Europe Missions, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Economic Sectors, Scientific Fields, and Emerging Technologies) to enable monitoring of progress for numerous R&I priorities. In particular, the project will feed into several flagship publications of the European Commission’s monitoring system for R&I:

The project will build on the successful completion of Science-Metrix’s work on another DG RTD project, “Provision and analysis of key indicators in research and innovation” (2017–2021). The full report for the prior project was published by DG Research and Innovation in October 2021. Read more about that report

Read about the policy briefs from the prior project.

Read about the policy briefs on SDGs from the prior project.

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