Impact Assessment of Innovation Policy

4.3 Information on Commercialisation Efforts

Various surveys of public research organisations have been undertaken with the objective of obtaining information on commercialisation. In some cases the initial survey was implemented a decade ago with follow-up surveys subsequently, providing for a potentially useful time series. A multi-country survey of public research institutions in 13 OECD countries was conducted at the OECD in 2001-02 (OECD, 2003). The Association of Pacific Rim Universities, the Association of European Science and Technology Transfer Professionals and the Milken Institute have also carried out cross-country surveys of public research organisations’ commercialisation activities. At the country level, the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) collects information on the commercialisation of US and Canadian universities and research institutes. Australia, Canada, Denmark, the United Kingdom, South Korea also have surveys. These could be a useful source of information for national studies (see Section 3.2).