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UK Innovation Index

Mark Marich

Great Britain’s Department of Innovation, Universities, and Skills has taken a close look at Britain’s innovation performance in its newly released Annual Innovation Report 2008. This first annual report follows up on the British government’s Innovation Nation White Paper published in March 2008 and the Sainsbury review of science and innovation published in 2007. If you want to understand the state of innovation policy in Britain, this report is a good place to start. It benchmarks Britain’s innovation performance, and also tracks progress in meeting the goals set out in the initial Innovation Nation strategy. Most of the recommendations are still being implemented. Recently announced programs include £5 million Innovation Research Center that will conduct research on pressing innovation issues, as well as new strategies to generate new business opportunities that link innovative small businesses to pressing government agency challenges. Two recently announced competitions will focus on reducing military dependence on fossil fuels and combating infections in health care facilities.

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