Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs



The Innobarometer is a survey on activities and attitudes related to innovation. Each year, it gathers opinions and feedback from the general public and European businesses and provides a unique source of direct information on innovation for policy makers. As of 2015, the survey is based on a standard questionnaire to help monitor change in how companies manage their innovation activities, plan investment to modernise their business, and tackle barriers to the commercialisation of innovation.

Innobarometer 2016

The Innobarometer 2016 captures the main behaviours and trends in innovation-related activities in EU businesses. The survey was designed in particular to collect information about:

  • profiles of companies that have developed innovations since January 2013 and their plans for the future
  • the impact of innovations on turnover, and the proportion of turnover invested in innovation activities
  • barriers to commercialisation of both innovative and non-innovative goods and services
  • preferred types of public support for the commercialisation of goods or services
  • the role of design, and the use of advanced manufacturing technologies
  • skills for innovation

Main results show that further action is needed to support EU innovation efforts and stimulate industrial competitiveness. The main barriers to commercialisation identified by business confirm in particular the relevance of the Single Market Strategy to give a boost to innovation performance.

Particularly worrying is the situation concerning activities and investments linked to the modernization of industry: the use of advanced manufacturing technologies show a decline compared to the last survey. Businesses also complain about a lack of public support with regard to skills for innovation.

However, the great majority of companies plan to maintain or increase the level of investment in innovation over the next 12 months. More than a quarter plans to increase the level of investment in innovation.

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