Research and Development, Human Resources in Science and Technology and Innovation
The current programme of the UIS includes:
• Collection and publication of data and metadata on research and development (R&D) from all countries in the world in co-ordination with OECD, Eurostat and RICYT (Latin American network on S&T indicators);
• Pilot data collection on innovation conducted in almost 20 developing countries;
• Establishing and maintaining an inventory of innovation surveys carried out worldwide;
• Development of guidelines on how to conduct R&D surveys in developing countries;
• Promotion of a model survey on the careers of doctorate holders in a joint project with OECD and Eurostat;
• Publications on the results of the R&D data collection;
• Training workshops on STI statistics.
Ongoing methodological work
• Prepare guidelines on how to conduct R&D surveys in developing countries, including the development of a model questionnaire;
• Review methodological issues in the former centrally planned economies (Commonwealth of Independent States) when producing R&D data according to Frascati Manual standards;
• Revise concepts used for S&T Education and Training (STET) and S&T Services (STS);
• Contribute to ongoing work on measuring innovation in agriculture, the informal sector and the public sector.
Priority objectives beyond 2012:
• 2012 UIS R&D survey;
• Establish global data collection on innovation conducted on a biennial basis;
• Capacity building activities;
• Methodological guidance for developing countries on the collection of R&D and innovation data;
• Analysis of STI indicators.
New work to be undertaken in 2012:
• Analysis of the pilot collection of innovation data;
• Publications on international mobility of researchers and R&D data (digital atlas and booklet);
• Process and disseminate R&D metadata;
• Develop a model innovation survey in cooperation with RICYT;
• Produce a statistical annex to the World Social Science Report 2013;
• Develop system to calculate regional averages;
Meetings to be organized in 2012:
• Capacity building workshops in Africa, the Pacific, Asia (Gulf countries) and South-Eastern Europe, including national workshops in Viet Nam and Qatar.