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Stimulating science-business links: lessons from the Policy Support Facility

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Science-business links (SBL) are an important element of research and innovation (R&I) policies in many countries and are high on the policy agenda of those trying to catch up with the EU’s innovation leaders. A new article brings together evidence and experience from EU countries and beyond about how and when science-business links (SBL) can be used to support policy development.

Science-business links foster knowledge transfer from research to business, and facilitate research and business collaborations which make companies more competitive, leading to increased employment, and helping to address societal challenges such as clean energy and better health systems. Support for SBL development has often been requested under the EU Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility (PSF).

The article draws on examples from the PSF Peer Reviews of the R&I systems of Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Moldova, and Ukraine, as well as the Specific Support actions for Georgia, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Tunisia, which have identified science-business collaboration as a challenge. In addition, three PSF Mutual Learning Exercises (MLE) have dealt with SBL involving a variety of EU countries: The ‘MLE widening and synergies’ exercise, the ‘MLE evaluation of complex public-private partnerships (PPP) programmes in science, technology and innovation' (STI), and the ‘MLE on stimulating business R&I’.

The article includes a brief overview of the different ways science-business links work and policy recommendations for solving challenges around SBL, including an enabling environment, a supportive policy mix and appropriate instruments for stimulating SBL.

For more information:

Read the article on science-business links

Read more about the PSF Peer Review of Bulgaria

Read more about the PSF Peer Review of Estonia

Read more about the PSF Peer Review of Hungary

Read more about the PSF Peer Review of Moldova

Read more about the PSF Peer Review of Ukraine

Read more about the Specific Support action for Georgia

Read more about the Specific Support action for Lithuania

Read more about the Specific Support action for Slovenia

Read more about the Specific Support action for Tunisia

Read more about the PSF Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) on ‘widening and synergies

Read more about the PSF Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) on ‘evaluation of complex public-private partnerships (PPP) programmes in science, technology and innovation

Read more about the PSF Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) on ‘stimulating business R&I’.

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