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OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2011

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This tenth edition of the OECD Science, Technology and Industry (STI) Scoreboard builds on the OECD’s 50 years of indicator development to present major world trends in knowledge and innovation. It analyses a wide set of indicators of science, technology, globalisation and industrial performance in OECD and major non-OECD countries (notably Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa) and includes some experimental indicators that provide insight into new areas of policy interest.

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Public support to R&D

SMEs play an important role in innovation. There are concerns that the recent economic crisis may have affected them disproportionally in terms of securing funding for R&D and other innovation-related activities. In some countries governments play a key role in funding R&D activities of SMEs. In most, between 40% and 80% of government-financed business expenditures in research and development (BERD) goes to SMEs, a figure that reaches over 90% in Estonia and Hungary. However, in larger countries such as the United Kingdom, France and the United States, the bulk of public support goes to large firms.

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