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Science and Technology - Fifth Report

Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 5 July 2003.


CONTENTS

Report

CHAPTER 1: Executive Summary

Overview of the Report

Science, Engineering & Technology in a modern economy

Our Inquiry

The main message

Recommendations

Coherence in SET exploitation

RDAs' operational framework

Metrics and bureaucracy

Building capacity and confidence

Other framework issues

Supporting Business

The exploitation gap

Making connections

Mobilising Universities' SET resources

Conduct of the Inquiry

The Sub-Committee

Evidence

Complementary Reports

Abbreviations

CHAPTER 2: Setting the Scene

Introduction

The RDAs

Science and the economy

The common challenge

Policy approaches

SET demand and supply

Complexity in demand and supply

Demand

Supply

Interconnecting supply and demand

Complexity in exploitation

Addressing the complexity in public policy

CHAPTER 3: The Role of RDAs

Introduction

The role of RDAs

Common approaches

Funding and leverage

SET and Business Sectors

SET and the Regional skill base

Wider Issues

Operating frameworks

Measuring success

Bureaucracy

Cooperative working between the RDAs

RDA Governance

Regional capacity building in SET

SET capability in RDAs

SET capability in the Regions

Science Councils

CHAPTER 4: The Demand for SET

Introduction

Demand issues

The complexity of the demand

Innovation Strategies for businesses

High-tech companies

Importance of Innovation

Supply chain links

RDAs and the Growth of High-Tech Industries

Funding the exploitation gap

Early stage financing

Second stage financing

The way forward

Less SET-dependent companies

SMEs

The role of intermediary technology institutes

National intermediary organisations

RDAs and Intermediary Institutes

Innovation Partnerships

University centres

Clarification of interconnections

Facilitating mechanisms

Support Schemes

Networks

Access to University expertise

Coordinated information

Public sector procurement

CHAPTER 5: The SET BaSe

Introduction

The public sector SET base

Regional perspectives on the SET base

RDAs and SET investments

The HE White Paper and regional SET capacity

Economic gains from SET investment

Commercial Exploitation of Public Sector SET

Technology Transfer from Universities

HEROBAC, HEIF and "Third Leg" Funding

National Metrics for Knowledge Transfer

Commercial Activities of Universities

Intellectual Property Management

RDA/University relationships

Clusters

CHAPTER 6: RESETTING THE REGIONAL/NATIONAL BALANCE

Introduction

Policy balances

National science investment

Investment in regional development

Exploitation of SET — the integrating agenda

Coherence

The developing role for RDAs

Regional/National coherence in SET

Coherent SET across Government Departments

RDA perspectives

Focus for coherence

Better integration of national and regional SET

National innovation framework

A National Framework for exploiting SET

Current approaches

Future directions

Conclusion

BOX 1: THE ENGLISH DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES

BOX 2: THE IMPORTANCE OF SET

BOX 3: RDA BUDGETS

BOX 4: RDA TARGETS

BOX 5: REGIONAL R&D SPEND BY SOURCE

BOX 6: REGIONAL GDP AND R&D SPEND — PER CAPITA

Appendix 1: Sub-Committee II

Appendix 2: Call for Evidence

Appendix 3: Witnesses

Appendix 4: Visit to Advantage West Midlands

Appendix 5: Visit to Scotland

Appendix 6: Visit to The Northwest Development Agency

Appendix 7: Visit to Wales

Appendix 8: Visit to The North East

Appendix 9: Abbreviation

HOUSE OF LORDS SELECT COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY RECENT REPORTS

Notes

  • This document contains the Fifth Report in Session 2002-03 by the Select Committee appointed to consider Science and Technology. It was ordered to be printed on 3 July 2003, and published shortly thereafter.
  • In the text of the Report, Q refers to a numbered question in the oral evidence and p refers to a page of written evidence, both as published in the second part of this Volume, HL Paper 140-II.



 
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