Global estimate/R&D intensity (annual)

R&D expenditure in 2019 €12.7 billion

The annual global estimate for the expenditures on research and experimental development (R&D) for the current year was not conducted in 2020. The current unforeseeable economic impacts of the corona crisis do, at the current moment (April 2020), not allow a reliable estimate for the research intensity expected for the year 2020.

Therefore, based on available results of the R&D survey 2017 as well as other documents on the final outlays and provisional budget appropriations of the federal government (“Bund”) and the regional governments (“Laender”), the R&D global estimate 2019 was subject to a revision which resulted in an update of the figures for 2016 to 2019.

The research intensity is estimated having reached 3.18% in 2019, which is a slight increase compared to 3.14% in 2018.

The largest part of total R&D expenditure 2019 (€12.7 billion) was funded by Austrian businesses (47.6% or approx. €6.04 billion). The federal government ("Bund") contributed 24.6% (around €3.12 billion). More than €750 million falls upon indirect R&D funding via the research premium (6.0% of total R&D expenditure). 4.3% (around €550 million) were contributed by regional governments ("Laender"), 15.9% (around €2.02 billion) by the rest of the world, and €1.6% (slightly more than €200 million) was funded by other sources. The funds from abroad originate predominantly from foreign enterprises whose affiliates in Austria perform R&D and also include receipts from EU research programmes.

Gross Domestic Expenditure on Research and Development (GERD) in Austria by Financing Sectors 2005 - 2019
Gross Domestic Expenditure on Research and Development (GERD) in Austria by Financing Sectors 1981 - 2004


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