International benchmarking studies

Policy Links analysts and researchers from the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy regularly carry out national and international studies of innovation systems and manufacturing strategies, many of them in conjunction with policy and research agency partners.


Areas of expertise

These studies set out to explore:

  • Global manufacturing context in which UK companies must compete and how that context is expected to evolve over time.
  • International approaches to the support of manufacturing research
  • Prioritisation of research domains, and practices for translating new knowledge into industry.

The team has a successful track record of delivering international benchmarking studies commissioned by UK departments and agencies including Innovate UK, Government Office for Science (GO-Science), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), on themes including manufacturing futures, emerging technologies and industry-university collaborations.


We have a wide network of contacts in key relevant government institutions in countries including US, Japan, Singapore and Germany.



Joint UNIDO and Policy Links study: Emerging Trends in Global Advanced Manufacturing: Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Responses


This report analyses the megatrends shaping the future of manufacturing and examines how world-leading manufacturing countries are implementing their new national industrial innovation policies in the global race to grow competitive manufacturing industries.


Download the report here



Joint UNIDO and IfM report: Emerging trends in global manufacturing industries


This study, carried out by the Institute for Manufacturing, highlights significant trends and challenges for global manufacturing in the next 10-20 years. It is primarily informed by national exercises identified in major manufacturing economies addressing challenges and opportunities linked to the future of manufacturing.


Download the report here



A review of international approaches to manufacturing research 

This study explores international approaches to the support of manufacturing research, the prioritisation of research domains, and practices for translating new knowledge into industry. The report also summarizes the broader national R&D funding and industrial contexts within which the main manufacturing research organizations and funding agencies operate.


Download the report here



For access to all Policy Links and CSTI resources please visit the Manufacturing Policy Portal

For further information please contact:

Ella Whellams

T: +44 (0) 1223 748262


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