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Statistics about R&D activities. Year 2018

Internal R&D expenditure increased by 6.3% in 2018 and reached 14,946 million euros, 1.24% of GDP

Expenditure and employment in Internal R&D activities - Year 2018
Indicator Note Value Variation
Internal R&D expenditure 1 14,945,692 6.3
Employed personnel Total 2 225,696 4.6
Employed personnel Women 2 90,366 4.6
Researchers. Total 2 140,120 5.2
Researchers. Women 2 54,358 5.2
  • Variation: percentage compared to the previous year
    • Thousands of euros
    • People on a full-time equivalent
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Year 2018 Published: 27/11/2019
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The Statistic on scientific research and technological development (R&D) activities has the main objective of measuring economic and human resources for research by all the economic sectors of the country (companies, public institutions, higher education institutions and private non-profit institutions) with the aim to:

  • To provide an instrument for management, planning, decision-making and control in terms of national scientific policy.
  • To provide statistical bodies with the information that they request, obtained in accordance with the international regulations that allow for comparability between the different countries.