Study on the potential of servitisation and other forms of product-service provision for EU SMEs
The objective of this study was to provide an evidence base to the European Commission allowing to support SMEs in seizing the opportunities of servitisation and moving towards other forms of product-service provision, notably, by adopting digital service-based business models. The study also aimed at developing tools for the European Commission to monitor developments in…View report
Study in Support of the Evaluation of the Database Directive
The 1996 Directive on the legal protection of databases (Database Directive) aims at supporting the development of the European database industry. It created a sui generis right protecting investments of database makers, regardless of the originality of databases, and harmonised copyright law applicable to the original databases. This study investigates whether the Database Directive fulfils…View report
Cooperation fostering industrial symbiosis: market potential, good practice and policy actions
Industrial symbiosis (IS) is a systems approach to a more sustainable and integrated industrial system, which identifies business opportunities that leverage underutilised resources (such as materials, energy, water, capacity, expertise, assets etc.) (Lombardi & Laybourn, 2012). IS involves organisations operating in different sectors of activity that engage in mutually beneficial transactions to reuse waste and…View report
Game changing technologies: Exploring the impact on production processes and work
Eurofound, the European Foundation for the improvement of Living and Working Conditions, manages a research program on the Future of Manufacturing in Europe (FOME). Technopolis Group was selected to explore how five game-changing technologies will change the production process, jobs, skills and working conditions in manufacturing industries. A literature review and interviews with thought leaders,…View report
What public policies to promote economies of raw materials?
A benchmark for material efficiency policies implemented in eight countries and transposition study in France. Download the executive summary in English.View report
Study on the Swedish companies’ view on the universities’ innovation offices
Universities and university colleges in Sweden have extensive collaboration with private companies, regarding both research and education. This study investigated the companies’ view of the way the higher education institutions handle collaboration with them. Sometimes the collaboration is co-ordinated by innovation offices at the institutions, other times it is organised in different ways. The study…View report
How can the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation increase the economic and societal impact of RDI funding in Finland?
Long-term objectives of Finnish research and innovation policy. One objective of the current government is to improve the quality and effectiveness of research and innovation. This study examines what kinds of benefits have been obtained from EU Framework Programmes and how Finnish participation can be further supported. Overall, the FP provides clear added value for…View report
The Latvian Research Funding System
This report reviews Latvia’s existing funding allocation systems and processes and proposes improvements based on best practice, including an overall institutional/organisational structure for managing the funding system, tailored to the specificities of the Latvian situation. The study was carried out by a panel of experts, under the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility, based on document…View report