2021 Global R&D Funding Forecast

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The 2021 full report contains critical trends and analyses of data in multiple technology areas based on our proprietary research, responses from the global R&D community and current economic reports.


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2013 R&D Global Funding Forecast

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Interactive Global R&D Spending Over Time - as % of GDP

As noted, the global R&D forecast changed dramatically during 2020, as the most dire economic predictions made early in the year failed to materialize. At least part of this change was the result of proven and implemented vaccines in numerous countries near the end of the 2020.

Our global R&D forecasts are strongly based on the individual economies of countries. This influence obviously varies, especially in the presence of a pandemic. The country GERD forecasts also are based on historic economic distributions for R&D. For example, China has for more than 20 years consistently invested heavily in its R&D. As a result, though its economic growth was hampered because of the pandemic (as was the case in all other countries), its historic investment of roughly 10% annual increases resulted in a rise in R&D for 2020. Almost all other countries (including the U.S.) saw their 2020 R&D investments decline from what they invested in 2019.