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R&D expenditure in the Netherlands by funding source

data publication
27 January 2021
R&D research Finance
In this publication we show the development of R&D expenditure in the Netherlands by different funding sources, both in millions of euros and as a % of GDP.

In short

  • Business enterprises are the largest R&D funders.
  • They funded 58% of R&D performed in the Netherlands.
  • 10% of R&D performed in the Netherlands is funded by foreign sources.

R&D expenditure in the Netherlands by funding source


R&D expenditure by funding source, in percentage of total and GDP

Analysis
Although funding from all sources showed a marked increase from 1990, the increase of funding by business enterprises is stronger than funding by the government sector.

Business enterprises finance a little over half of the R&D carried out in the Netherlands. The government's share fell from nearly 50% in 1990 to about one-third from 2011 onwards. The share of funding from abroad increased in the nineties, and varies from 1997 onwards between 10 and 13%.