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STATISTICS

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN MALTA: 2016-2018

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RD-in-MALTAR&D Expenditure

During 2018, an increase in total expenditure on R&D activities of €8.7 million, or 13.2 per cent, was registered. The Business Enterprise sector contributed to 63 per cent of total R&D, whereas the Higher Education and Government sectors contributed to 35.9 and 1.2 per cent respectively.

R&D Employment

In 2018, 2,502 employees were engaged in R&D work, of whom 1,510 spent a proportion of their time on R&D projects, while 992 employees dedicated their entire working time on R&D. The highest R&D employment was registered in the Higher Education sector, with 1,329 employees, followed by the Business Enterprise sector, with 1,090 employees.

R&D Government Budget Allocations

In 2019, Government budget allocations for R&D (GBARD) amounted to €29.9 million, an increase of €4 million when compared to 2018. The highest GBARD outlays were recorded in the socio-economic activities related to Health (€6.2 million), Industrial production and technology (€5.5 million) and Political and social systems, structures and processes (€5.1 million).

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