A comparative evaluation of the impact of UK Trade & Investment's R&D programme and other UKTI support that impacts R&D

Nigel Driffield, Jun Du, Mark Hart, Jim Love, Efstathios Tapinos

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


The evaluation study used econometric techniques and evidence on both users and non-users of UKTI trade services to investigate the impact of UKTI support on business investment in Research and Development (R&D). It found evidence that trade support generates additional R&D of around £65k per firm, with key UKTI services such as the Tradeshow Access Programme, Export Marketing Research Scheme, Website business opportunities alerts, and Passport to Export scheme tending to generate the strongest R&D impact.

The research also confirmed that innovative and growing firms were most likely to show positive R&D impact and there was clear evidence of UKTI service complementarity, with the R&D impact stronger for multiple service use.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAston University
Number of pages71
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

Publication series

NameUKTI Research Report


Bibliographical note

Final report prepared for UKTI

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