Navarra is the fourth autonomous community in terms of innovation and 98th among the 100 most innovative regions in Europe

11 de October de 2023

Government of Navarra has presented a report on the state of the innovation
ecosystem in the region, based on the Regional Innovation Scoreboard (RIS)

document, commissioned by the Observatory of the Social Reality of Navarra,
provides a detailed and comparative overview at both national and European
level, on the position of the region in terms of innovation, which allows not
only to highlight the achievements, but also to identify those areas that
require further attention and development. In this sense, the Minister of
University, Innovation and Digital Transformation, Juan Cruz Cigudosa, and the
General Director of the Observatory of Social Reality, Planning and Evaluation
of Social Policies, Txerra García de Eulate, have highlighted “the
importance of this matter for the future of Navarre” and have underlined
“the firm commitment of the Regional Executive with progress, cohesion and
innovation”, In the same way, García de Eulate pointed out that “this
report seeks to offer elements for reflection on the innovation ecosystem of
Navarre and to facilitate a regional innovation policy aimed at strengthening
its competitive position within the regional panorama of the European

The report in four dimensions

the report, entitled ‘The situation of the innovation ecosystem in the region
of Navarra in the light of RIS 2023’, covers four key dimensions: framework
conditions, R&D&I investment, innovation activities and impacts.Within
the so-called ‘Framework conditions’, and in terms of human capital, the report
highlights Navarra for its high rate of adult population with higher
education.However, the report points to a downward trend in this aspect,
attributed to a generalized improvement in other European regions. In addition
to these indicators, the report highlights Navarra’s attractive research
environment for its ability to attract investors, talent and advanced
knowledge, thus driving the development of innovative technologies and
solutions to complex problems.Also in this area, international scientific
co-publications show a growing trend, indicating that scientific production in
Navarra is increasingly recognized internationally and has a greater impact.In
terms of the dimension called ‘Investment in R&D and innovation’, which the
report also analyzes, Navarra is positioned above most of the autonomous
communities in Spain. At a general level, this indicator demonstrates the
region’s commitment to innovation and, in particular, to funding and public
support for R&D&I, which have seen improvements over recent years,
reaching their best position in 2023.In fact, according to the latest available
data for 2021 available to the Department of University, Innovation and Digital
Transformation, Navarra made an investment, both public and private, in innovation
of 389.9 million euros, which was an increase of 6.4% over the previous year
and reached 1.9% regional GDP. As for the dimension focused on `Innovation
activities` Navarre leads in Spain in terms of intellectual and intangible
assets, such as patent applications, trademarks and designs, but the report
highlights the need to continue working to compete with the leading regions of
Europe in this aspect. Finally, the report also analyzes the `Impact of
innovation` on the economy, society and the environment, noting that the region
demonstrates an effective use of its innovative efforts in terms of sales and
environmental projection; however, it also identifies the generation of
employment through innovation as an area for improvement.


The report
notes the progress made in recent years in many of the dimensions linked to the
RIS, placing Navarra in a leading position in many of them. Finally, the report
proposes a series of recommendations on innovation, such as maintaining and
strengthening funding and support for innovation and research, taking advantage
of the resources of the ERDF 2020-2027 program and Next Generation funds, with
a special focus on the sectors highlighted in the Smart Specialization Strategy
of Navarra (S4). Similarly, among the recommendations, the text highlights the
need to continue with the incorporation of professionals in innovation work, at
all educational levels, and promote digital skills, especially in less
qualified sectors or with difficulties of access to employment, increase
incentives to universities in Navarra or promote process innovation as another
essential element, beyond R & D.Further information
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