Global Innovation Index (GII)

The Global Innovation Index (GII) tracks the most recent global innovation trends against the background of an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, slowing productivity growth and other evolving challenges. It reveals the most innovative economies in the world, ranking the innovation performance of around 132 economies while highlighting innovation strengths and weaknesses.

Envisioned to capture as complete a picture of innovation as possible, the Index comprises around 80 indicators, including measures on the political environment, education, infrastructure and knowledge creation of each economy.

The different metrics that the GII offers help to monitor performance and benchmark developments against economies within the same region or income group.

Exploring the Future of Innovation-driven Growth and the Role of Intellectual Property

January 18, 2023

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A discussion by U.S. industry experts on the upcoming Digital Age Wave and the Deep Science Wave (as outlined in the GII 2022 Special Theme), from a productivity and intellectual property perspective.

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Current edition: What is the future of innovation-driven growth?

The Global Innovation Index 2022 (GII) takes the pulse of recent global innovation trends in the context of a continuing COVID-19 pandemic, war and global supply chain and energy disruptions. It updates its annual rankings of the innovation performance of 132 economies, while highlighting innovation strengths and weaknesses and gaps in innovation data.

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GII Innovation Talks

Global Innovation Index 2021 Event

Professor Erika Kraemer-Mbula on Innovation Trends in Africa

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Previous editions of the Global Innovation Index

Global Innovation Index 2021

2021 - Tracking Innovation through the COVID-19 Crisis

The GII 2021 drew on a select set of indicators, including the effects on research and development expenditures or access to innovation finance, to provide a perspective on the impact of COVID-19 on global innovation performance.

Global Innovation Index 2020

2020 – Who Will Finance Innovation?

The GII 2020 shed light on the state of innovation financing by investigating the evolution of existing mechanisms and pointing to progress and remaining challenges.

Global Innovation Index 2019

2019 – The Future of Medical Innovation

The GII 2019 analyzed the medical innovation landscape of the next decade, looking at how technological and non-technological medical innovation will transform the delivery of healthcare worldwide.

Global Innovation Index 2018

2018 – Energizing the World with Innovation

The GII 2018 analyzed the energy innovation landscape of the next decade and identifies possible breakthroughs in fields such as energy production, storage, distribution, and consumption.

About the Global Innovation Index

Since its inception in 2007, the GII has shaped the innovation measurement agenda and become a cornerstone of economic policymaking, with an increasing number of governments systematically analyzing their annual GII results and designing policy responses to improve their performance.

Published anually, the core of the GII provides performance measures and ranks 132 economies on their innovation ecosystems. The Index is built on a rich dataset – the collection of 81 indicators from international public and private sources – going beyond the traditional measures of innovation since the definition of innovation has broadened.

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