The 'Science, research and innovation performance of the EU, 2018' (SRIP) analyses Europe’s performance dynamics in science, research and innovation and its drivers, in a global context. The report combines a thorough indicator based macroeconomic analysis with deep analytical research dives into hot policy topics. The aim of the report is to build a robust narrative that speaks to an audience of both research and innovation and economics and finance policy-makers and analysts. This is a flagship biennial publication by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation that draws on a long tradition of indicators and economic analyses. It is the second edition in this report series.