Global Innovation Index Academic Partners Program

Join The Global Innovation Index as an Academic Partner!

Created in 2007, the Global Innovation Index (GII) is the premier reference for measuring a country’s innovation performance. It provides detailed metrics on innovation performance using approximately 80 indicators for almost 130 economies, thus covering 93% of the world’s population and 98% of global GDP. The GII explores a broad horizontal vision of innovation that encompasses indicators of the political environment, education, infrastructure, skills, and business and market sophistication.

The GII is a tool for action and has established itself as a central policy tool for innovation around the world. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, publishes the GII. Now, going into its 13th edition, the GII is a valuable benchmarking tool and platform to facilitate public-private dialogue, through which policymakers and business leaders come together to set a country’s innovation agenda.

Recognizing the importance of the GII, INSEAD and Cornell University have co-led the academic project since its 2007 founding, working with GII’s Corporate Partners that has involved a diverse range of organizations, including the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), PwC and Strategy, the Brazilian National Industry Confederation (CNI), the Brazilian Service of Support to Micro and Small Enterprises (Sebrae), and Dassault Systèmes.

The Portulans Institute, a Washington DC-based non-profit, serves as the home for the GII Academic Partners Network.

GII as a Tool for research:

The GII is unique in presenting a rich database of variables affecting innovation policies, debates and actions. It has been used by numerous researchers to analyze different facets of innovation in local and national contexts. A search on Google Scholar for the keywords “Global Innovation Index” produces over 15,600 results. A large number of leading academics and subject matter experts have also contributed thematic chapters to various editions of the GII.

GII’s Global Impact and Media Coverage:

Numerous countries have incorporated the GII data and analysis into their innovation agenda and metrics. The GII is also regularly featured at various high-level global policy events. In 2013, the global ranking was launched at the high-level segment of the ECOSOC meeting by the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon in Geneva.  In 2014, the GII launch was hosted by the Australian Industry Minister in the context of the B20 in Sydney.  In 2015, the British Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State hosted it in London. In 2016 and 2017, the report has been launched at the UN headquarters in Geneva. In 2019, the GII was launched by the Indian Minister of Industry and Commerce in New Delhi, India.

The GII’s annual release attracts high visibility.  It was referred by world leaders, including the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Việt Nam Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, in prestigious geopolitical addresses.

The GII is equally well received by the industry, academia, and the media. Since the launch of the 13th edition of GII in July 2019, the report has been downloaded over 260,000 times and has received over 580,000 website visits. The GII report has been covered in over 11,000 media articles by major global publications, including The Washington Post, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Economic Times, Bloomberg News, Business Standard, and the BBC.

Role and Benefits of GII’s Academic Partners:

GII’s Academic Partners are research and educational institutions that believe in the role of innovation in increasing the competitiveness of nations, enabling economic growth, driving societal changes, and building the foundation of an economy’s future. Partners from different knowledge areas are welcomed – law, policy, business, engineering, computing, and more. They are committed to producing a valuable, data-based, and non-partisan resources by:

  • Providing valuable academic input to the GII model, research, and related publications.
  • Participating in the discussion and dissemination of GII results at appropriate events.
  • Hosting global or regional innovation research events on their premises, attracting other researchers and innovation policy leaders from the public and private sectors.
  • Identifying faculty members or a member of their research ­­­­staff to work closely with the GII team, WIPO, and the Portulans Institute.
  • Collaborating with other members of the GII Academic Network to ensure that the GII remains a trusted and academically rigorous source of knowledge on innovation.

There are several benefits of being a GII Academic Partner, including:

  • Acknowledgment in GII related publications, press releases, and dissemination activities.
  • Access to the latest datasets and research concepts being developed within the GII program.
  • Have faculty and graduate students work with the GII team at WIPO and the Portulans Institute on research in innovation.
  • Opportunities to contribute analytical chapters or case studies to the GII Report.
  • Participation in a global dialogue about best practices in innovation policies and actions.