The European Innobarometer – 2016

The Innobarometer is a unique source of direct information about innovation. It is an annual survey that focuses on the activities and attitudes of the general public and European businesses in relation to innovation. Since 2015,  it has been based on a standard questionnaire focusing on managing innovation, funding innovation and planning investment and the how innovation is commercialised.

Innobarometer 2016

In 2016 captures the survey was designed, in particular, to collect information about:

  • Profiles of companies that have developed innovations since January 2013 and their plans for the future
  • The impact of innovations on turnover, and the proportion of turnover invested in innovation activities
  • Barriers to commercialisation of both innovative and non-innovative goods and services
  • Preferred types of public support for the commercialisation of goods or services
  • The role of design, and the use of advanced manufacturing technologies
  • Skills for innovation

Many businesses reported the need for further support to stimulate industrial competitiveness, however, the Single Market Strategy (in the EU) was apparently a boost to innovation performance. The survey also showed that the rate of investment in advanced manufacturing technologies has slowed over recent years.

Nonetheless, most businesses reported that they planned to invest in innovation over the next 12 months, with more than 25% of respondents indicating they could increase the level of investment.

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Photo credit: “www.colourbox.com”. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from European Commission.

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