Science and technology have always played a key role in supporting Australia's growth and productivity. However, with a weak economy and COVID-19, science and technology are more critical than ever.
Innovation is more important than ever
Science and technology help improve productivity, can provide social and environmental benefits, builds resilience, and enhances international competitiveness.
The Value of science and technologyreport examines the mechanisms through which science and technology create value and can drive economic recovery and future resilience. These mechanisms form an innovation cycle which is illustrated in the report.
While Australia is strong in research, it has not been as successful in translating this research into valuable economic outputs. This report examines the opportunities for Australia to overcome the innovation challenges and realise greater value from innovation investments.
Major challenges and opportunities
Translating science and technology into impact requires skilful navigation of the innovation cycle. The following challenges and opportunities at the research-industry nexus are discussed in the report.
- Business investment
- Commercialising R&D
- Skills, knowledge and capabilities
- Adoption and diffusion
- Social and environmental impacts
This report outlines the opportunities to improve our innovation performance and realise greater value from innovation.
An innovation-driven future
Pursuing purposeful and solutions focused innovation, driving sectoral and international collaboration, and fostering a ‘growth through innovation’ culture will help Australia on its path towards economic recovery and future resilience.
Although this report focuses on opportunities for businesses and industry, this shift requires a coordinated effort involving both the public and private sectors. The report aims to inspire a collective and coordinated response to lead Australia towards an ambitious but achievable innovation-driven future.
Download the report
Read the report to understand why investment in science and technology is so important and how to maximise the innovation-led path towards a brighter future for Australia.
This report is part of a CSIRO Futures series of reports looking at how organisations can create economic value from innovation. Keep abreast of the latest strategic and economic insights from CSIRO.