R&D Expenditures for countries & industries

There are several sources that have data on investment or expenditure on Research and Development in countries. The amount each country/government spends on Research & Development is a key indicator of government and private sector efforts to obtain competitive advantage in science and technology.
Several sources include data for several countries but is usually only covers general data like “Gross domestic expenditure on R&D (GERD) as a percentage of GDP” (= Gross Domestic Product). Some of these sources list this data for the following broad categories of funding: Business enterprise sector, Government Sector, Higher Education sector, and Private, non-profit sector. An example is the European database/website, called Eurostat:

If you need more detailed information a good source (if your organisation has a license to it) is the SourceOECD iLibrary. This database has a dataset called “Business enterprise R-D expenditure by industry“. The dataset presents research and development (R&D) expenditure statistics performed in the business enterprise sector by industry according to the International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC) revision 3.1. Data are presented from 1987 onwards (to, currently, 2010). This breakdown between industries is, in principle, made at the enterprise level, although some countries are able to break down R&D data for multi product enterprises between their main lines of business. Example:


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