To highlight government research institutions that have achieved the greatest impact in innovation and did the most to advance science and technology, Clarivate Analytics teamed up with Reuters News to create the second annual ranking of the top 25 World’s Most Innovative Research Institutions  - ranking of government research institution. US Department of Health and Human Services, France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission ( better known by its French acronym CEA) and Germany’s Fraunhofer Society top the ranking.  The US is tied with Germany for the most institutions in the ranking France and Japan each are featured four times; and Australia, Canada, China, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and the UK each have one institution ranked among the top 25. European institutions dominate the list, followed by those from Asia-Pacific and then by the North American government-funded research organizations.

To compile the ranking, Clarivate Analytics began by identifying more than 600 global organizations that published the most articles in academic journals. Then they identified the total number of patents filed by each organization and how often those applications were granted, how many patents were filed to global patent offices in addition to local authorities, and how often the patents were cited by other patents. Candidates were also evaluated in terms of the number of articles published by researchers in academic journals, how often those papers were cited by patents, and how many articles featured a co-author from industry. Finally, they trimmed the list so that it only included government-run or -funded organizations, and then ranked them based on their performance. More on the methodology

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