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.
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.
Highest EU funding relative to ICT sector: Cyprus and Greece
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