Science, technology and innovation policy

Working Group on Innovation and Technology Policy


The OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP) provides evidence-based advice to countries to foster STI policies that enhance productivity and foster sustainable and inclusive knowledge-driven economic growth, strengthen public research institutions and their contributions to innovation and economic performance, and foster the creation of science and technology-based firms. >> Read more...



Workshop: "How to leverage the potential of the digital transformation for innovation and research?"

This workshop will bring together experts and policy makers on 20 June 2018 to discuss what we know about the impacts of the digital transformation on opportunities different actors in the innovation system have to engage in innovation. Changes in industry-science relationships will also be explored. This is a key discussion for policy, as opportunities to engage in innovation activities have direct implications on the rate of innovation and its distributional impacts.

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On 11 December 2017 the TIP Group celebrated its 50th meeting with a conference to discuss the future of innovation and technology policy.

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Ongoing projects (2017-2018)

Digital and open innovation project

The digital transformation has changed the way economies work and innovation is organised. The OECD project ‘Digital and Open Innovation’ investigates whether and, if so, how digital transformation changes the rationales for innovation policy as well as the most appropriate instruments to foster vibrant innovation ecosystems.

To identify practical policy implications, the project reviews changing business models and new forms of innovation across sectors and different actors, including SMEs, start-ups and research institutions. It also analyses new forms of collaboration for innovation at local, national and global levels.


Assessing the impacts of knowledge transfer and policy

This project analyses the impacts of public research institutions on innovation performance, and explores the range of policy instruments implemented across countries to support science-industry knowledge transfer - with a focus on the creation of spin-offs. It is a follow-up of work conducted in 2015-16 on impact assessment of public research.


Recent workshops


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More about the TIP group

The OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP) was established by the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP) in 1993. The TIP is made up of government officials responsible for science, technology and innovation and meets twice a year. The TIP reports on its work and submits policy recommendations to the CSTP, which acts as a forum for member countries to exchange information and best practices in order to improve science, technology and innovation policy making at the national level.


Participating countries

TIP is open to all OECD member countries and has the participation of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Lithuania, Malaysia, the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation and South Africa. The UN Economic Commission for Europe is a permanent Observer of the TIP since 2016. Other UN agencies including UN Environment Programme and UNCTAD also participate on an ad hoc basis. The voice of business in the TIP is provided by the BIAC while the TUAC represents the view of trade unions.


Aims and scope of work

The core objective of the TIP is to provide evidence-based advice to countries to foster STI policies that:

  • enhance productivity and foster sustainable, knowledge-driven economic growth
  • facilitate the creation, diffusion and application of knowledge for both societal and economic goals
  • strengthen public research institutions and their contributions to innovation and economic performance
  • promote the creation of highly skilled human capital
  • foster the creation of science and technology-based firms.

The TIP provides member countries with:

  • Tools and working methods to apply a cross-government and evidence-based approach to the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of innovation and technology policies.
  • A venue where innovation policy makers as well as stakeholders (e.g. academics, business, civil society) meet to discuss the current and future issues of innovation and technology policy.
  • Information about good practices for benchmarking for helping countries to translate them into concrete policy action.


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