Figures reveal fall in Scottish R&D spending
Research and development (R&D) by Scottish businesses went into decline during the downturn, from a position that was already behind the UK figures.
The latest Scottish government figures on R&D during 2010 ran to less than half of the rate for the UK as a whole, whilst university research spending was ahead of the UK.
The data revealed R&D spending for that year totalled £1.89bn.
At 7.2% of the UK total, that is less than Scotland's population share.
Research and development is a key measure of how serious a country is about innovation, growth and developing its economy.”
The figure is a decrease of £76m in real terms on the previous year.
Spending on business enterprise R&D in Scotland was £622m in 2010, 3.9% of the UK figure and a decrease of £25m in real terms since 2009.
Higher Education Research and Development spending reached £968m in 2010.
That represented 13.6% of the UK figure and a decrease of £41m in real terms on the previous year.
Government R&D expenditure in Scotland came to £300m in 2010, 11.9% of the UK figure and a decrease of £10m in real terms since 2009.