Release of the Global Innovation Index 2021


Tracking Innovation through the COVID-19 Crisis


On September 20, 2021, the 14th edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) will be released, providing new data and analysis on the pulse of global innovation and allowing innovation actors and policy-makers to benchmark the innovation ecosystem performance of more than 130 economies.

The launch will feature a presentation of the GII’s key takeaways, as well as a panel discussion hosted by Daren Tang, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The panel will provide a perspective on the pandemic’s impact on global innovation from different economic sectors and world regions.

The innovation performance of 132 economies as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on innovation, will be revealed at a virtual launch event on September 20, 2021. The GII is built on a rich dataset – the collection of 81 indicators from international public and private sources – going beyond the traditional measures of innovation such as research and development (R&D) laboratories and published scientific papers. It is more general and horizontal in nature, including social, business model and technical aspects.

A new feature of this year’s edition is the Global Innovation Tracker. As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt around the world, the GII 2021 assesses the impact of the crisis on global innovation performance.

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 in order to design policy responses to improve performance, several economies now have in place innovation policy legislation or cross-ministerial innovation task forces that look to the GII as a benchmark for innovation.

The GII has also been recognized by the UN Economic and Social Council in its 2019 resolution on Science, Technology and Innovation for Development as a key metric for measuring innovation in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The GII has captured the interest of high level policy makers from all corners of the world (see videos) as well as the global media.

The GII is published in partnership with the Portulans Institute, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI), Ecopetrol (Colombia) and the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM).

All GII editions can be downloaded at