According to a report released by UNESCO (the U.N. Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization – really? That’s a combination?) today, emerging ecnonomies such as China, India, and South Korea have increased their R&D spending as a percentage of their GDP. The data reports these countries increasing the spending from 27 to 32 percent of GDP while America, Japan and the E.U. all reporting decreases. These “top” countries still are the preferred locations for researchers and scientists as well as the sources for the greatest number of patent filings.
While we’ll take this with a grain of salt given the source could benefit from a growth in emerging economies, the report is a disturbing trend for the United States. Innovation, largely stemming from R&D, is the means to break open new markets through new products and services. This would represent real growth in jobs and wealth within the economy. R&D is usually an easy target for budget cutters when faced with the hard times. We need to resist serious cuts to the innovation budgets within the U.S. and strive to lead the world in a variety of fields.
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