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Welcome to the IPP March 25, 2013 - 2:07am The Innovation Policy Platform provides policy makers and 'shapers' with relevant information about innovation, guides them in identifying problems, and supports designing appropriate policy solutions. We recommend choosing a topic focus your search. Alternatively you can browse the entire IPP.
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Centres of excellence schemes December 10, 2013 - 3:08am
Demand-side policy instruments for innovative entrepreneurship December 10, 2013 - 3:09am
Engineering and research community norms and incentives December 10, 2013 - 3:10am
Western Balkan Countries Develop Joint Strategy for Innovation-Based Economic Growth January 6, 2014 - 5:58am

The Western Balkans Regional Research and Development (R&D) Strategy for Innovation was adopted in Zagreb by the ministers of science from the region during the ministerial meeting on regional R&D. For the first time, to jointly improve the quality of research and innovation, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia collaborated to develop a Western Balkans Regional Research and Development (R&D) Strategy for Innovation.

New World Bank report: Understanding Latin America’s Shortage of Innovative Entrepreneurs January 6, 2014 - 5:59am

There are more and more entrepreneurs in Latin America, but a lack of innovation means that their businesses are growing slower than in other regions. A new report explores the reasons why.

The IPP: A one-stop-shop for actionable innovation policy knowledge January 6, 2014 - 6:12am

On behalf of the World Bank, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Innovation Policy Platform!  The IPP is a joint initiative between the World Bank Group and the OECD.

Disclaimer January 7, 2014 - 2:26am

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Direct funding of firms’ R&D January 9, 2014 - 6:33pm

Governments have long used direct funding to stimulate firms’ R&D through various instruments, including matching grants, subsidized loans, and venture capital and seed funds. Besides basic research and product development, eligible activities for funding may also include training, process innovation, technology commercialization, early stage funding for technology start-ups, etc. Public funding covers a variable proportion of the costs of an R&D project, requiring co-financing by beneficiary firms.

Firms’' capabilities and assets for innovation January 9, 2014 - 8:35pm
Universities and PRIs January 12, 2014 - 3:14pm
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Supply-side policy instruments for innovation in firms January 13, 2014 - 1:29am
Supply-side policies for innovation in firms aim at increasing firms’ incentives to invest in innovation by reducing costs. They include direct funding of firms’ R&D, fiscal measures, debt and risk sharing schemes, and technology extension services. One of the main rationales for supply-side instruments is that investments in innovative activities might not be undertaken as liquidity constrained caused by capital market imperfections can be substantial when it comes to innovation. 
Demand-side policy instruments for innovation in firms January 14, 2014 - 11:06am
The objective of demand-side policies is to increase demand for innovation so as to to create bigger incentives for innovation, to improve conditions for the uptake of innovations, and to speed up the diffusion of new technologies. The rationale for demand-side innovation policies is often related to the need to stimulate innovation in areas where societal needs are pressing and where government action can complement market mechanisms with, ideally, minimal financial outlays.
Firms' access to knowledge for innovation January 14, 2014 - 11:52am
Access to knowledge is essential for innovative businesses; it is a key source of innovation-driven opportunities. It helps businesses recognize the value of new knowledge, assimilate it and apply it to commercial ends. Conditions that enable firms to tap into internal as well as external sources of knowledge are, therefore, an important policy dimension when it comes to supporting innovation.
Metrics and evaluation for innovation in firms January 14, 2014 - 2:54pm
Multiple measures can be used to evaluate innovation in firms, including measures of innovation inputs, innovation processes, and innovation outputs. Inputs for measurement include various statistical sources including firm innovation surveys. Appropriate measurement of innovation in firms is critical for innovation policy.
Now open: a one-stop shop for innovation policy January 23, 2014 - 4:10pm

The OECD and World Bank have launched an online repository of reports and statistics aimed at supporting science, technology and innovation policymaking. Michael Keenan explains why, and outlines what users can expect to find.

South, East and Central Asia January 26, 2014 - 9:22pm