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27 August 2020

R&D expenditure in the public sector, privately funded, in %

The indicator shows the extent to which R&D expenditure of public institutions (higher education and research institutions) is privately funded.

In short:

  • 9% of research at Dutch higher education and public research institutions is privately funded.
  • This is above the EU-27 average of 7.5%.
  • Private funding for research is around 9%, both at public research institutions and at higher education institutions.


Compared to other countries, the Netherlands has a relatively large amount of private funding for public knowledge institutions. The share of private funding at the research institutes is comparable to higher education. For both it is around 9%. The total share of privately funded research at public knowledge institutions (higher education plus research institutes) has fluctuated between 8-11% in recent years.


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