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Industrial research and innovation monitoring system (EIRIMS)
Even if the level of research investment of top European firms is comparable to that of the US and Japan, the EU still is lagging behind its main World competitors in terms of R&D investment and innovation performance. These deficits are largely due to underinvestment by the private sector, partly as a result of a different sector mix, but also by other factors – some of them sector-specific –.
Extensive data and analysis on industrial research investment and innovation performance are available in the Member States, but data availability and comparability at company and sector level need to be improved. This will allow better understanding the factors driving investment trends, to identify upcoming challenges, and to anticipate barriers to, and opportunities for, improving research and innovation investment.
To remedy shortcomings in data availability and comparability at company and sector level, the Commission decided to establish a European Industrial Research and Innovation Monitoring System (EIRIMS) ("More Research and Innovation – Investing for Growth and Employment – a common approach", COM (2005) 488).
EIRIMS builds on a range of industrial research and innovation monitoring activities already underway or under development by initiative of DGs RTD (Research) and ENTR ( Enterprise and Industry) in cooperation with DGs JRC (Joint Research Centres) and Eurostat (Statistical Office of the European Communities). The goal of EIRIMS is to constitute an overarching mechanism for integrating the outputs of all its component activities, in order that they will be useful not only for these Commission services but also for a wide audience of stakeholders: EU institutions and services, national and regional policy makers, European industry, research community …
The pilot phase of EIRIMS implementation has been concluded in June 2007 with the submission of a report elaborated by a group of independent experts advising the Commission. The recommendations delivered by them will constitute a valuable reference for the future development and integration of EIRIMS.
his page gives an overview of the main components of EIRIMS and offers links to more detailed information.
Industrial research monitoring and analysis (IRMA)
In order to support the development of policies to promote private investment in R&D, DG RTD and the JRC's Institute of Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) have a joint project "Industrial Research Monitoring and Analysis " (IRMA). This project covers the period 2008-2011 and follows IRIM (Industrial Research Investment Monitoring), a similar project which ran from 2003-2007. It consists of regular collections of worldwide information on corporate R&D and the production of analytical reports and briefs on economic and political implications. The key components of this initiative are the following:
More detailed information about this activity and all the reports delivered so far may be found at http://iri.jrc.es/.
More information about the 2010 CONCORD conference can be found at http://iri.jrc.ec.europa.eu/concord-2010/
Key figures of science and technology
Key Figures of S&T is a regular report prepared by DG RTD. It brings together the most relevant statistical information and analyses on EU investment and performance in the knowledge based economy. Corporate R&D accounts for quite a significant part of the contents of this publication.
The most recent Key-figures issues can be found on: http://ec.europa.eu/invest-in-research/monitoring/statistical01_en.htm
As part of the broader initiatives PROINNO Europe (innovation policy analysis, learning and development in Europe) and Europe INNOVA (innovation patterns in different industrial sectors), DG ENTR has developed some intelligence tools intended to capture and analyse the most relevant information on industrial innovation in Europe and the rest of the World. These components are:
Detailed information about these activities and the reports delivered so far may be found on: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/innovation/index_en.htm
Science, technology and innovation (STI) statistics
For almost three decades, the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) has been compiling official statistics on STI. These data not only constitute an essential input for EIRIMS but also may be freely accessed on the Eurostat website: http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/
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