The European Regional Innovation Scoreboard – 2016

The European Regional Innovation Scoreboard provides a comparative assessment of innovation across 214 regions of EU Member States (plus: Norway) as opposed to the European Innovation Scoreboard which is assessed at country level. Note, that Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Malta are included at country level as there are no regional administrations in these countries.

Data on innovation at the regional level is less widely available, but the assessment does have a stronger focus on SMEs.

The results showed:

  • Innovation Leaders (36 countries)
  • Strong Innovators (65 countries)
  • Moderate Innovators (83 countries)
  • Modest Innovators (30 countries)

See the graphic for more information:


Unsurprisingly, the regional assessment corresponds closely to the country level results. However, regions ranked as innovation leaders (36 regions) came from just 7 member states: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK.

One of the more interesting facts coming from the assessment is the trend towards convergence across regions over the past 9 years. Put simply, the average performance in the middle–i.e. strong and moderate innovation groups–has been improving over time, while at both ends–i.e. innovation leaders, and moderate innovators–average performance has been declining.

Finally, there is a strong correspondence between regional performance and the presence of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) across industrial sectors. KETs are a group of six technologies: Advanced materials, Advanced manufacturing technologies, Industrial
biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Micro and Nano electronics, and Photonics.

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Photo credit: “”. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from European Commission.


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