Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments (GO-SPIN)

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Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) are increasingly important for social, economic and sustainable development. The formulation of effective STI policies is critical in facing the major challenges ahead for achieving the 2030 Agenda, such as conserving freshwater (SDG 6), building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation (SDG 9), and combatting climate change (SDG 13). These —as all policies— need policy instruments in order to be effective, such as laws, competitive grants and public subsidies.

The lack of accurate information, adequate indicators and capacities to analyse and monitor policies and instruments is a major development challenge for countries. The Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments (GO-SPIN) aims to fill this information gap by providing key information on STI governing bodies, legal frameworks, policy instruments and long-term series of indicators for evidence-based policy analysis, design and foresight studies. GO-SPIN is an online, open access platform for decision-makers, knowledge- brokers, specialists and general-public, with a complete set of various information on STI policies.