The 2020 R&D and Innovation Agenda



Innovation’s Sustainability Imperative

In our annual survey of corporate R&D and innovation leaders, one theme repeatedly came to the forefront: making innovation sustainable. Across dozens of interviews spanning a wide range of industries, it became increasingly clear that in an age of natural disasters and mounting political uncertainty, the need for continuous innovation has taken on heightened importance.

This report covers the three key trends and problems executives in this space are focused on for the next 12 months. It also addresses how R&D and innovation teams are adapting to changing circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic and its downstream effects.