Scottish Science and Industrial Dynamics

ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland

At present there is a major disconnect between the strong research base and the weaker industrial base in Scotland. While punching well above its weight in the UK and internationally in research grant funding and publications and their citation, Scotland has relatively low business R&D investment and weak performance in building sustainable science-led sectors. With this prevailing view that Scotland is under-performing in the translation of basic and applied science through to innovation and entrepreneurship, the run up to the independence referendum has been an important time to understand better how to increase the emphasis on Scottish research and its connection to industrial policy for a productive economy. Building on the knowledge and insight being developed on the institutions and dynamics of Scottish innovation, Innogen carried out research that investigated how Scottish industry was connected to the Scottish research base, in light of institutional and policy dynamics arising from the independence debate.