Evaluating the Industrial Relevance of Public R&D Laboratories

  • Robert Dalpe


In most industrialized countries, the public sector is a major performer of R&D, notably in fields such as health, defence, energy and agriculture (for Canada, in 1989, 43% of Gross Domestic Expenditure in R&D (GERD) is executed in government or university. In United-States, it is 26% [OECD, 1991]). Intra-muros research can be carried out to provide governments with the knowledge they need to fulfill their mandates. Public laboratories assist government in various activities, such as regulation and policy definition. The development of knowledge inside the public sector was traditionally justified by the necessity to have its own expertise in order to not depend on institutions which are to be regulated. Most public laboratories also have the mandate to contribute to the development of knowledge and science and/or to assist industry by developing applied knowledge, diffusing information and providing technical support.


Patent Citation Bibliometric Indicator Pure Research Alloy Technology Industrial Relevance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Dalpe
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  1. 1.Frances Anderson, National Research of CanadaUniversity of MontrealCanada

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