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Why Scotland’s science doesn’t translate into innovation

The science base in Scotland is strong, but it has not translated well into innovation, according to a new briefing by the Innogen Institute to inform the referendum debate. However, the study shows that there is an opportunity to move beyond just good science towards good innovation by undertaking an integrated approach that successfully uses Scotland’s human capital, increases research and development funding and expenditure, and encourages collaboration between academics and industry.

UK Government Scotland analysis: Science and research

This paper is the eighth in the ‘Scotland Analysis’ collection. It discusses the closely integrated and thriving research base between Scotland and the rest of the UK. Our research base is important to the UK’s, including Scotland’s, innovation and economic success. The paper investigates the consequences of Scottish independence for the UK research environment, including publicly funded institutions.

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