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Research and Development, Human Resources in Science and Technology and Innovation

Work Programme

The current programme of the UIS includes:

• Collection and publication of data and metadata on research and development (R&D) and innovation 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 about 20 developing countries.

• Development of an inventory of innovation surveys carried out worldwide.

• Production 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 of results of the R&D and innovation data collections.

• 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 Commonwealth of Independent States on the production of 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 2013

• 2014 UIS R&D survey.

• Establish global data collection on innovation conducted on a biennial basis (starting in 2013).

• 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 2013

• Global data collection on innovation.

• Publication on Higher Education and STI in Asia.

• Dissemination of innovation inventory.

• Production of a statistical annex for the World Social Science Report 2013.

• Calculate and publish regional averages of R&D data.

Meetings to be organized in 2013

• Capacity building workshops in Africa, Asia and South-Eastern Europe, including national workshops in China, Peru and Viet Nam.