Research and innovation trends,
technology intelligence and analytics

R&T Telescope™ is an observatory of new technology trends and a tool for exploring and analysing them. It is based on the RED © database, which was developed at Ismeri Europa Srl.
R&T Telescope™ provides access to unique and detailed information extracted from thousands of outstanding R&D projects financed by the European Union and carried out by enterprises, universities, research organisations and public administrations.


Key Features

Detailed R&T Classification

The information provided by R&T Telescope™ is organised according to a classification of industry relevant technologies. The classification was designed on the basis of a review of the literature, fine-tuned by technology and sectorial experts through in-depth interviews and visits of industrial research labs, and then applied to CORDIS data. The classification is being used in peer-reviewed, scientific publications.

Enriched CORDIS data

Raw data are extracted from CORDIS (Community Research and Development Information Service © European Union, 1994-2019,, analysed and reclassified. The classification is hierarchical: 10 sectors are covered (advanced manufacturing, aerospace, agri-food, construction, energy, environment, ICT, health, security, transport); Each sector is divided into research areas (60 in total), and each research area is further split into key technologies (160 in total). Research areas and key technologies can be easily recombined to analyse emerging sectors such as industry 4.0, bio-economy, blue growth, smart cities, circular economy etc.

Accurate technological and geographical information

All projects are classified on the basis of their technological objectives, NOT on the basis of the title of a Call for Proposals. All data are regionalized, up to NUTS3 level of detail. NUTS or Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics is a standard for referencing the subdivisions of countries for statistical purposes. We have identified the actual location of participants. No headquarters effect in the financial breakdown of data for the main European Research and Technology Organisations.


Geography of knowledge production in Europe

The ranking of European regions, displayed in the map, is based on EU funds obtained for carrying out R&D projects in 2014-2017. The map shows the capacity of territories (at NUTS3 level) to carry out competitive research and technology development.


Industry 4.0: national and regional comparative advantages

Industry 4.0 indicates a fourth industrial revolution, driven by the rise of smart factories that are increasingly automated and interconnected. Smart factories use advanced manufacturing technologies, additive manufacturing, augmented reality and simulation technologies, big data and analytics, cloud computing and cybersecurity solutions.

Global distribution of EU R&D funding

World map based on EU funds for R&D projects obtained by non-European countries. The European Framework Programmes for research and technological development are open to participants from all over the World. This makes it possible to gather information on research areas and technologies developed in non EU-countries. Both FP7 and Horizon 2020 are considered in the calculation.


Our clients

  • National and regional governments
  • International organisations
  • European Commission
  • European Parliament
  • Universities and RTOs
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Associations of entrepreneurs
  • Individual companies and SMEs

Network of experts

A wide network of technology and sectoral experts have collaborated in developing the classification.

Università di Brescia
Università di Trento
Politecnico di Milano
Università Sapienza di Roma
Università di Bologna
Politecnico di Torino

Who we are

Andrea Ciffolilli

Andrea Ciffolilli is the designer and manager of R&T Telescope™, the unique tool for exploring contemporary research and technology trends. Andrea holds a PhD in Economics (University of Ancona) and a MSc in Technology and Innovation Management (SPRU – Science and technology policy research unit, University of Sussex). As senior expert of EU policy for regional development and innovation, he coordinated numerous European projects for ISMERI Europa since 2005.
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Luca Rossi

Luca Rossi manages the updating of the database of European framework programmes for research and innovation, RED©, which feeds R&T Telescope™. Luca is an engineer, passionate about data, who started setting up our database by extracting, analysing and reclassifying data from CORDIS in 2010, while working on public policy analysis for ISMERI Europa. He carried out numerous evaluations of industrial and innovation policy since 2004.
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Enrico Wolleb

Enrico Wolleb coordinated the technology assessment project which led to the development of our database of EU framework programmes for research and innovation, RED©. He is the founder and director of Ismeri Europa, a multi-disciplinary research and consulting institute based in Rome. Early on, Enrico has worked as a research fellow at the University of Cambridge. During his career, he has coordinated complex consulting contracts on international and European policy issues, for more than 30 years.
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