CSIL’s researchers published a new article on Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford Publishing, titled “Big science, learning, and innovation: evidence from CERN procurement”. Massimo Florio and Francesco Giffoni (together with Anna Giunta from Roma 3 University and Emanuela Sirtori from CSIL) studied how public procurement by big research infrastructures enhances suppliers’ performance. Using survey data on 669 CERN’s suppliers, authors built a unique data set to analyse, through an ordered logit model and Bayesian networks, the determinants of suppliers’ sales, profits, and development activities. The research found that collaborative relations between CERN and its suppliers improve suppliers’ performance and increase positive spillovers along the supply chain. This outcome suggests that public procurement as a mission-oriented innovation policy should promote cooperative relations and not only market mechanisms.