What is STIP?


Georgia Tech’s Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) program is an internationally recognized initiative focused on research-based science, technology and innovation policies. STIP is sponsored by the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy and Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute.

Expertise and Key Research Areas

Scientific and technological innovations play an increasing role in economic growth and development. STIP undertakes analytical and policy research to provide strategic intelligence for initiatives in science, technology, and innovation-driven economic development. Areas of STIP expertise and research include:

  • Strategic technologies
  • Regional innovation clusters
  • Research commercialization
  • Universities and technology development
  • Knowledge measurement and mapping
  • Scientific and technological human capital
  • Advanced manufacturing and technology extension

Big Data for Science, Technology, and Innovation

STIP uses a novel methodological suite of data sources and tools. Data sources include publications, patents, funding, CV analysis, and surveys. Tools include search strategies, network analysis, and geographic, disciplinary, and patent mapping. As part of our ongoing research in nanotechnology, we access and analyze datasets of more than 100,000 patents and a million research publications. We are lead users of VantagePoint text mining software. We are also active in identifying unstructured forms of text through social media, e.g., twitter, and websites. The breadth of research spans qualitative and quantitative fronts.

Survey and Case Study Research

STIP has strong expertise in survey and case study research for science, technology, and innovation policy. Our survey work includes the ongoing Georgia Manufacturing Survey, studies of highly creative scientific researchers, and Knowledge Content Surveys in Malaysia. Case study research has examined the performance of nanoscience and learning centers in the US and technology extension initiatives in multiple countries. We typically combine qualitative and quantitative research in major studies.

Science and Technology Policy Analysis and Evaluation

STIP researchers have undertaken policy analyses of US and Chinese research and innovation systems (for European Union sponsors), and evaluation studies of science, technology and innovation programmes in the US and internationally.

Innovation Co-Lab

STIP is a founding partner of the Innovation Co-Laboratory (Innovation Co-Lab) – a strategic partnership with the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (UK) and the School of Management and Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology (China) to develop research, exchange, training and related activities in the domain of science, technology, and innovation management and policy.


STIP has worked with organizations at the national and international levels, including the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Economic Development Administration, the US Department of Energy, United Nations Development Programme, European Union (US Correspondent: TrendChart, ERAWATCH), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO), UK Economic and Social Research Council, and the Inter-American Development Bank. State and local organizations include the Georgia Research Alliance, University System of Georgia, and the Technology Association of Georgia.