Overview - Science, technology and innovation

Science, technology and innovation – Overview


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Which information 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.

Why are these statistics important?

Not only are science, technology and innovation part of almost every aspect of our everyday lives, but they can also help tackle some of the major challenges facing society. They potentially contribute to resolve environmental or international security threats, ensure safer food, or lead to the development of new medicines to prevent and fight illness and disease or to answer issues linked to an ageing population. Science, technology and innovation are also considered as one of the driving forces behind growth and job creation.

Data collected in these fields by Eurostat therefore serves both policymakers and scientists.

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