UNU-MERIT Training Programme in
Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy in Developing Countries (DEIP)

New Delhi, India
2-7 February 2009

The National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), New Delhi, the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum and the United Nations University- Maastricht Economic and social Research and training center on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht, The Netherlands are jointly organizing a training course on the Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy (DEIP) in New Delhi from 2-7 February. The objectives of this course are to learn about the design of innovation policies and about the evaluation of the effectiveness of these policy instruments using science, technology and innovation indicators of both conventional and non-conventional varieties. The programme deals with policy design issues and issues and techniques related to the monitoring and evaluation of innovation policies.

Thus, after attending the course, participants will be able to:

  1. better appreciate the various components of an innovation policy and especially to distinguish between financial and non-financial instruments and their impact;
  2. understand the importance of policies to increase the supply of technically trained human resource for R&D and other innovation activities;
  3. improve the collection and presentation of conventional indicators so as to use them to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of specific instruments of innovation policies;
  4. familiarise themselves with methods of policy evaluation and
  5. take explicit cognizance of the existence of new innovation indicators such as community innovation surveys and also understand the challenges of replicating such efforts in a developing country context.

Lecture schedule
Participants list

The Teaching staff
The training will be conducted by distinguished lecturers from United Nations University- Maastricht Economic and social Research and training center on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht. the Netherlands, the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), the National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS, CSIR), New Delhi and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Venue and Date
National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), New Delhi, 2-7 February 2009.

Target Clientele
The potential participants are senior and middle level officials of Ministries dealing with Innovation, Science and Technology Policies, state officials involved in policy making about technology and innovation, officials of state science and technology councils and personnel from the private sector involved in strategic planning and business excellence and managers of science parks and technology incubators.

Selection of the candidates:
The candidate's qualifications, experience, and the relevance of their present work to innovation and policy making, will be the main selection criteria. Application forms are available at the bottom of this page.

Course Completion Certificate
All participants who successfully complete the course will be given a course completion certificate.

Reading Materials
Participants will be provided with a compilation of key reading materials.

Course fee
There is no course fee for participants. Participants from outside New Delhi are expected to arrange for their own travel funding and lodging.

Training Course Topics

  1. Tapping into Global Technology.
  2. Innovation Processes and Innovation Systems: General Perspectives on Innovation Policy.
  3.  Globalisation and Innovation Policies: Rationale for Innovation Policies in a Borderless Economy in the Developing World
  4. Innovations in Indian Agrarian and the Rural Sector
  5. Intellectual Property Rights and Development: Opportunities and Threats; Patents as an Innovation Tool
  6. Financial Instruments to Promote Innovation: the Case of Research Grants
  7. Financial Instruments to Promote Innovation and R&D: the Case of R&D Tax Incentives
  8. Designing Education Policies for Innovation: The Supply of Scientists and Engineers
  9.  Promoting Innovation in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in India
  10. Supporting Diffusion of Innovations in Rural Areas; Building Innovation Systems in Agriculture
  11. Infrastructure for Innovation (Incubators, Government Research Institutes, Standards)
  12. The Role of R&D in Economic Growth
  13. Clusters, Network and Regional Innovation Systems
  14. Trends in Biotechnology and Biotechnology Research and their Implications for Developing Countries
  15. Changes in the Indian IPR Regime and its Potential and Actual Effects on Innovative Activity in Indian Industries
  16. Using Conventional Indicators of Policy Outcomes
  17. Using Non-Conventional Indicators: Innovation Surveys, Survey Design, Survey Implementation and Analysis
  18. Evaluation Methods and Monitoring

Application: Application forms can be downloaded from the link below.
Application deadline is 31 December 2008. Selected candidates will be notified before 15 January 2009.

Please send your application form and CV to:

Ms. Eveline in de Braek
Secretary to the Training Programmes
Keizer Karelplein 19
6211 TC Maastricht
The Netherlands
Tel. +31-433884449

application form (Word)
application form (PDF)

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