Forfás published a report on the State Investment in R&D 2011 – 2012 on the 29th August 2013. This report tracks public funding and performance of State-funded Research & Development (R&D) and captures key performance metrics within the State sector. A total of 35 Government departments and agencies who are engaged in some form of R&D activity in 2011-2012 were surveyed. This report presents findings from the ‘Research and Development Funding and Performance in the State Sector – 2011-12’ survey undertaken by Forfás with the final outturn data for 2011 together with estimates for 2012.
The State’s investment in research and development, also known as Government Budget Appropriations and Outlays on R&D (GBAORD), was maintained in 2012 from 2011. Overall funding levels have fallen from a peak of €948m in 2008 to €796m in 2012 (-16%). The intensity level of investment has continued at over 0.6 per cent of GNP since 2008. Ireland’s GBAORD intensity rate in 2011 of 0.63 per cent of GNP is broadly in line with our European partners at 0.65 per cent of GDP.
The 10-year trend 2003-2012 shows that levels of Government Expenditure on R&D (GOVERD) i.e. R&D performed in the State sector, has been maintained for the last four years. It is estimated that overall the number of personnel engaged in R&D in institutions within the Government sector decreased in 2012 over the numbers recorded for 2011.