RTOs – Research and Technology Organisations

From the lab to your everyday life. RTOs innovate to improve your health and well-being, your safety and security, your mobility and connectivity. RTOs’ technologies cover all scientific fields. Their work range from basic research to new products and services development. RTOs are non-profit organisations with public missions to support society. To do so, they closely cooperate with industries, large and small, as well as a wide array of public actors.

EARTO Innovation Awards

The annual EARTO Innovation Awards is a competition open to all EARTO members. It rewards innovations with significant social and/or economic impact, produced or expected, with a major contribution from an EARTO member. An independent jury evaluates entries and selects the winners. The prizes are awarded at a special ceremony in Brussels in October with wide political and stakeholder participation.

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RTOs’ Impact Delivered!

Because the RTO sector is not recognised in official OECD or EUROSTAT data, little systematic information about the sector is available. To help fill this gap, EARTO commissioned several fact-finding studies on the impact of RTOs over the years.

EARTO Economic Footprint Study: Impact of 9 European RTOs in 2016

IDEA Consult – March 2018

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EARTO Economic Footprint Study: Impact of 9 European RTOs in 2014

IDEA Consult – December 2015

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Getting the Balance Right: Basic Research, Missions and Governance for Horizon 2020

Technopolis – October 2012

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Impacts of European RTOs: A Study of Social and Economic Impacts of Research and Technology

Technopolis – October 2010

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