With Sustainable Development Goal 9 (SDG 9), countries have pledged to “build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. In particular, Target 9.5 calls upon them to encourage innovation and substantially increase the number of researchers, as well as public and private spending on research and experimental development (R&D).

Countries have selected two indicators to monitor this target: R&D expenditure as a proportion of GDP and researchers (in full-time equivalent) per 1 million inhabitants. Both indicators are already being produced by the UIS, which has time series data going back about 50 years to track trends over time.

To better reflect the cross-cutting nature of science, technology and innovation (STI) across all of the SDGs, the UIS is working with countries and partners to develop a more comprehensive set of STI indicators. These thematic indicators will be internationally comparable so that they can be used to better target policies and measure progress towards national, regional and global development goals.

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The UIS has published new data on the human and financial resources devoted to R&D for 157 countries and territories.  The release includes data for 2015 reference year, time series data and two...
23/06/2017
The UIS has launched its 2017 Research and Experimental Development (R&D) Statistics Survey to collect a wide range of data for the reference year 2016, including key indicators to monitor...
22/06/2017
To support the demand for new data, the UIS, which is mandated to collect STI statistics to monitor the SDGs, is working with countries and statistical partners, represented by the STI Advisory Board...
16/01/2017
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    UNESCO eAtlas of Research and Experimental Development

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    Research and Development Spending

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