Innovation Union Scoreboard 2013

This year's edition offers a unique opportunity to measure the first effects of the economic crisis on the research and innovation landscape in Europe.
Innovation performance in the EU has improved year on year in spite of the continuing economic crisis, but the innovation divide between Member States is widening. While the most innovative countries have further improved their performance, others have shown a lack of progress. The overall ranking within the EU remains relatively stable, with Sweden at the top, followed by Germany, Denmark and Finland. Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia are the countries that have most improved since last year.  Drivers of innovation growth in the EU include SMEs and the commercialisation of innovations, together with excellent research systems. However the fall in business and venture capital investment over the years 2008-2012 has negatively influenced innovation performance. 



The annual Innovation Union Scoreboard provides a comparative assessment of the research and innovation performance of the EU27 Member States and the relative strengths and weaknesses of their research and innovation systems. It helps Member States assess areas in which they need to concentrate their efforts in order to boost their innovation performance. In addition, the Scoreboard covers Croatia, Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. On a more limited number of indicators, available internationally, it also covers Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the US. Every two years the Innovation Union Scoreboard is accompanied by a Regional Innovation Scoreboard. The calculation and measurement of the innovation performance are explained the Innovation Union Scoreboard – methodology report 2010 pdf - 380 KB [380 KB] .

Check out the evolution over years for each country or each indicator on the interactive IUS Dashboard.

Document type
  • Report


Publication Year


The Innovation Union Scoreboard report and annexes and the indicators’ database are available at
Geographical focus
  • European Union (EU 27)
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General

Entry created by Desiree Pecarz on March 26, 2013
Modified on March 26, 2013