Dr. Verena Eckl
is the head of the German R&D Survey at the Wissenschaftsstatistik of the Stifterverband.
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The Wissenschaftsstatistik of the Stifterverband annually collects data on research and experimental development (R&D) of the German Business enterprise sector.
Since the mid-1970ies the Wissenschaftsstatistik – on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research – has been gathering data on R&D activities of German enterprises. The survey is part of the official EU Community statistics and enters into national and international reporting systems. R&D data are gathered annually, with a census of all researching corporations and institutes for cooperative research every odd-numbered year (full survey), and a sample being drawn every even-numbered year (sample survey). Core indicators are the intra- and extramural R&D expenditures of the economic sector by application of funds and source of funding, R&D personnel by type of work and gender, the regional distribution of research centers, innovation capacity, and economic operating numbers.
Additionally, the strategic focus changes annually, and special surveys are conducted. In 2011, for instance, data on the development time and duration of R&D projects were gathered, along with information on the cooperative behavior of various enterprises. The 2013 focus was on scientific R&D personnel and its composition, as well as corporate recruitment strategies. 2015 we look at R&D for service innovation.
R&D expenditures in Germany: Three-percent target was reached.
It is the biggest growth rate since the very first survey on R&D of the Stifterverband: In 2015 German companies spent 62.4 billion euros on R&D which is a growth rate of 9.5 percent compared to the previous year. This was shown in the current R&D survey of the Stifterverband. Hereby, the three-percent target of the Federal Government was reached. Regarding the research personnel, a further record was set: 416,000 employees (FTE) were working in the companies’ R&D departments which is an increase of 11.9 percent.
According to Gero Stenke, head of the Wissenschaftsstatistik of the Stifterverband, the new record in R&D expenditures sheds light on two aspects: the growing dominance of the automobile industry and the innovation pressure that motivates this industry.
Forschung und Entwicklung in der Wirtschaft 2015
Research and Development in 2014: facts – current data and facts about R&D in the German Economic Sector
(available in German language only)
The Stifterverband honors researching organizations for their special communal and societal responsibility with the quality seal “Innovation through Research”.