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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 5 June 2014

Sweden at head of pack on digital research funding

While Sweden may be a global leader in R&D investment, the EU as a whole is still lagging behind the Japan and the US: new data shows that 6.6% of the total R&D government support is invested in ICT in the EU, compared to 9.1% in Japan and 7.9% in the US.

Figures from the Digital Scorecard show that more efforts are necessary to meet the goal set by the Digital Agenda for Europe: to reach €11 billion of annual total public spending on ICT R&D by 2020.

Vice-President of the European Commission @NeelieKroesEU, responsible for the Digital Agenda, says: "Public funding in digital research and development is behind many of the great technologies we take for granted. Helping researchers develop their best ideas translates into new products and services, and into jobs. Over the next seven years, through Horizon 2020 we will invest more than €13 billion in ICT. I encourage Member States to step up their efforts to secure our jobs of the future".

EU research leaders

Total public spending: Germany spends €1.2 billion annually on ICT R&D

The 5 biggest public funders of R&D in ICT in 2012: Germany takes by far the lead with €1.2 billion followed by the UK (€0.69 billion - €11 per person), Spain (€0.6 billion- €13 per person). Sweden is next on €0.55bn.

Relative public spending: Sweden spends most per person

Sweden spends far more than any other EU country on a per capita basis, at €58 per person. Sweden spends more than Italy (€0.52bn), yet Italy has 6 times the population (60 million to 9.5 million).

Most ICT–intensive spending – Swedish and European Commission

Sweden and Belgium are investing the most heavily in ICT (15% and 11% of total spend respectively). The European Commission spends 16% of its research budget on ICT research. Around €13 billion the Commission’s Horizon 2020 research programme (2014-2020) #Horizon2020 will go to ICT projects over a seven-year period.

Most EU funding: Germany and United Kingdom

Universities, companies and researchers in Germany (€1.6 billion), the UK (€1 billion), Italy (€0.8 billion), France (€0.7 billion) and Spain (€0.6 billion) receive 60% of the total EU funding and account for 57% of participations during the period 2007-2013.

Examples of projects with German, British, Italian, French, Spanish partners.

Highest EU funding relative to ICT sector: Cyprus and Greece

Cyprus (€24 million) and Greece (€339 million) have relatively small ICT sectors which are growing thanks to relatively high EU funding levels. Examples of projects with Cypriot, Greek partners.

Other top facts:

Check the Digital Scoreboard country profiles.

 

ICT R&D public spending EUR million (2012)

ICT R&D public spending compared to total R&D spending
(2012)

EU funding EUR million (cumulated total 2007-2013)*

EU funding as % of ICT sector Value Added

Austria

AT

177,56

7,2%

274

0,45%

Belgium

BE

275,33

11,1%

322

0,34%

Bulgaria

BG

6,36

6,3%

19

0,16%

Croatia

HR

11,88

3,7%

3

 

Cyprus

CY

1,33

1,9%

24

0,62%

Czech Republic

CZ

111,09

10,7%

44

0,09%

Denmark

DK

215,86

8,6%

112

0,18%

Estonia

EE

6,50

4,5%

11

0,22%

Finland

FI

214,26

10,4%

174

0,24%

France

FR

535,02

3,5%

774

0,13%

Germany

DE

1214,75

5,1%

1640

0,28%

Greece

EL

35,58

4,9%

339

0,57%

Hungary

HU

21,93

6,5%

45

0,13%

Ireland

IE

65,74

8,6%

129

0,12%

Italy

IT

520,06

5,9%

828

0,21%

Latvia

LV

1,63

4,9%

5

0,10%

Lithuania

LT

6,87

5,7%

9

0,14%

Luxembourg

LU

19,05

6,7%

16

0,10%

Malta

MT

0,07

0,4%

3

0,09%

Netherlands

NL

317,31

6,8%

449

0,24%

Poland

PL

54,88

4,0%

74

0,10%

Portugal

PT

23,32

1,5%

107

0,26%

Romania

RO

16,07

5,5%

23

0,06%

Slovakia

SK

14,46

4,9%

12

0,06%

Slovenia

SL

19,25

10,1%

40

0,48%

Spain

ES

596,59

9,6%

633

0,25%

Sweden

SE

550,97

15,4%

273

0,22%

United Kingdom

UK

689,55

6,2%

1031

0,17%

European Union

EU

5962

6,6%

7412

0,21%

*FP7 Cooperation ICT theme and Capacities (e-infrastructures)

Contacts

Email: comm-kroes@ec.europa.eu Tel: +32.229.57361 Twitter: @RyanHeathEU


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