Science, technology and innovation – Overview

Introduction

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Which statistics can I find here?

Eurostat’ statistics in the fields of science, technology and innovation cover a range of issues divided into four main domains:

  • Research and development (R&D) includes statistics on expenditure, personnel and government budget allocations for R&D. Data are available by performing and funding sectors, types of costs or economic activities.
  • Community Innovation Survey provides statistics about enterprises that have product and business process innovations, their strategies, knowledge management and innovation activities, as well as about factors that facilitate or hinder innovation ('innovation environment').
  • High-tech includes statistics on high-tech industries and products, high-tech trade as well as knowledge-intensive services.
  • Human resources in science and technology (HRST) includes statistics on the current stock of HRST and on the current and future supply of highly skilled persons.

These statistics measure the EU’s performances on the global market and provide a comparative assessment of the relative strengths and weaknesses of national systems across the Member States.

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Highlights

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Compare your country's progress

Do you know how R&D intensity has developed over the last years? What is the share of persons employed in this sector? Find out using our interactive line chart.

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You are not a ‘data-type’ person, but want to know more about these statistics? Then our articles in ‘Statistics Explained’ are for you!

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Dig into statistics for your region & city

The visualisation tool 'Regions and cities illustrated' lets you easily explore science and technology statistics for your region or city using maps, graphs and bar charts.

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Your country in a bubble

Play with our bubble chart to compare your country with others for R&D expenditure and patent applications.

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