Detailed insights into sectoral innovation performance are essential for development of effective innovation policy at regional, national and European levels. The Sectoral Innovation Watch project aims to provide policy-makers and innovation professionals with a better understanding of current sectoral innovation dynamics across Europe. A fundamental question is to what extent and why innovation performance differs across sectors.
In the frame of the project the analysis of market and regulatory/policy issues influencing sectoral innovation patterns will be undertaken. The following industry sectors will be studied: biotechnology, food and drink, electrical and optical equipment, automotive, space and aeronautics, textiles, wholesale and retail trade, knowledge intensive services and construction industries. The analysis of different industries highlights the importance of different factors in the enterprises’ innovation performance. The analysis distinguishes between the general (the factors that affect innovation in the same way in all sectors) and sector-specific factors. In addition, the analysis will refer to country-specific differences that relate to different markets and policies.
PRAXIS prepares analysis on the textiles, construction and automotive sectors. The analysis is based on company survey data collected through a questionnaire survey and Community Innovation Survey (CIS) data.
The project team is represented by a consortium of 11 organisations, being a mixture of leading EU Research & Technology Organisations, Economic Institutes and Universities. The consortium is lead by TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research), more precisely TNO Quality of Life.