The Research and Development Council recently published a comparative study which aims to present objective data on financing the basic R&D in the Czech Republic as compared to other OECD countries. It compares the proportion of total expenditures on basic R&D (% of GDP, see the table, data source: OECD MSTI), and then proportion of expenditures by government, business and universities (data source: Eurostat). In the relative percentual comparison, the Czech Republic is spending more then average on its basic R&D.
1. The portion of basic research expeditures is 4th among the compared countries (24.6%).
2. The portion of expenditures by government is 2nd highest (74.1%).
3. The portion of expenditures by businesses is 3rd highest (9.8%).
4. The portion of expenditures by universities is 5th highest (61.4%).
5. From these figures is evident that Czech basic R&D is funded relatively well, taking in to account that these are not absolute amounts.
Source: The Research and Development Council. Výdaje na základní výzkum, 23.9.2009.
My comment: The results are not suprising. The Council is trying to support its position (as well as the Academy of Science did by conducting its own survey) instead of facilitating the debate about the system enhancement and actively trying to find a solution of the dispute.