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Special Report: Global Funding Trends

Insight and analysis on the patterns that have shaped global funding over the past decade

In the first report of a series about funding trends by Research Professional News, we look at the patterns that have shaped global research funding over the past decade.

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  • The big picture: Global R&D investment and regional trends
  • R&D intensity: Research spending as a proportion of GDP 
  • Public vs private: Government and business funding splits
  • Smaller successes: R&D growth in smaller economies
  • HE and non-profits: Regional trends in university R&D and non-profit funding
  • Discipline trends: Funding patterns by subject