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Sectoral Innovation Watch

Start Date: 
June, 2008
End Date: 
June, 2012
Service contract for the European Commission – DG ENTR

The project Sectoral Innovation Watch was a very wide-ranging and comprehensive project aiming to provide policy-makers and innovation professionals with a better understanding of sectoral innovation dynamics across Europe, which is essential for the development of an effective innovation policies at regional, national and European levels. The central part of the study was an examination of current innovation dynamics in nine sectors. A second major element consisted of foresight of sectoral innovation challenges and opportunities, identifying markets and technologies that may have a disruptive effect in the future. A third exercise was the identification and analysis of bottlenecks that influence sectoral innovation performance, paying special attention to the role of markets and regulations. In addition to these three main tasks focusing on sectoral innovation, five horizontal, cross-cutting themes related to innovation were explored. Cross-sectoral issues and challenges as well as implications for European companies and public authorities were discussed in two foresight and five thematic workshops. The results of SIW have been published in nine sectoral reports, five horizontal reports and summarised in a final synthesis report.


TNO (leading), VTT, JR, ARCs, CESPRI, BTU, Universidad de Alcala, IWW-Universitat Karlsruhe, Brandenbourg Technical University Cottbus, University of Lille, XIS, IER