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Business investment is vital to R&D success, says Unesco

The countries with the most R&D investment have high-spending businesses, according to an infographic by the UN science agency Unesco.

The infographic, called How much does your country invest in R&D?, was prepared by the Unesco Institute for Statistics and shows global R&D spending levels and regional trends.

About 10 countries account for 80 per cent of global R&D investment, Unesco found. Across all of them, “strong spending by the business sector is an underlying factor for success”.

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