Study on measuring the multiplier effect of NGI investments

Authors: Christien EnzingBastian MostertMarijn Kieft

Language: English

Publication date: 26th June 2012

The Netherlands Genomics Initiative (NGI) was founded in January 2002, with a view to advancing the performance and application of genomics research in the Netherlands. NGI aims to promote both the performance of genomics research in the Netherlands and its application by developing an excellent research infrastructure consisting of leading Dutch research groups in the Netherlands.

As input for its midterm review, NGI asked Technopolis to perform a study on measuring the multiplier effect caused by its investments. In this study a distinction was made between effects on inputs for research in the different NGI centers (input multiplier) and effects on the outputs of genomics research (output multiplier). For the analysis of the quantitative multiplier effect, information was obtained from the NGI centres and supplemented with a web survey amongst companies that have been involved in NGI. For a better understanding of the effects of NGI investments in qualitative terms,  interviews with key companies were conducted.

The results of the multiplier calculations showed considerable differences between the clusters. The internal multiplier varied from 1.1 for the Enabling Technologies Cluster to 7.1 for the Sustainability Cluster, which means that for each euro that is invested by NGI the research groups in the cluster have generated another 1.1 to 7.1 euro to be used for its research activities. It seemed however difficult to measure the economic benefits of the NGI investments.