The Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy carries out applied research into programmes, processes and practices for translating publically-funded R&D (in particular science and engineering research) into new technologies, industries and economic wealth.

CSTI is an applied policy research unit exploring what makes national innovation systems effective at translating new science and engineering ideas into novel technologies and emerging industries. Research  projects are designed to support the evidence needs of Science, Technology & Innovation (STI) policymakers, in particular those officials in public research agencies who are responsible for programme design, portfolio management and strategy development. The CSTI research agenda is shaped in collaboration with policy and research agency partners. 


A brief outline of our research approach can be found here.


CSTI’s research projects are organised within six closely integrated research themes.

The public research base & the dynamics of innovation

Exploring the contribution of public research & higher education organisations to technological and industrial change, and economic development.




Technological, manufacturing & industrial systems

Characterisation of enabling technologies, production technologies and processes, value chain systems; and associated industrial/innovation capabilities and competences.



Science, Technology & Industrial Emergence

Innovation system functions-based approaches to mapping emerging technology dynamics and practical foresight-related analyses for policy and research strategy development.



Foresight, Innovation & Challenge-Driven Agendas

Investigating the practices, processes, and techniques of foresight exercises and of (public) technology strategy development; both of which inform policy development and are themselves policy development tools. 



Innovation System Institutions: Regulation & Standards

Exploring the role of evolving innovation system institutions (in particular standardisation and regulatory activities) on the emergence of new technologies and industries.



Economic Value Capture from Industrial-Innovation Systems

Analysis of sources of national economic value capture from modern manufacturing systems in the context of technological and industrial change.





The Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

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