R&D Survey

Stimulating research and development (R&D) and innovation is central to the Flemish government policies. In 2003 Flanders signed the Innovation Pact, thereby endorsing the European Lisbon strategy and the Barcelona-goals to increase R&D expenditure to 3% of the GDRP (Gross Domestic Regional Product). The ambition to attain this norm was reaffirmed with the signing of the 2020 Pact on January 20th, 2009, in Hasselt. This entails a formal commitment by all participants on the Flemish innovation landscape (government, corporations, universities, and research institutions) to attain the 3% norm by 2014 through common and complementary efforts. Implementing the 3% norm implies first of all that there has to be good R&D data available at the Flemish level. The federal Belgian government is responsible for delivering data on R&D activities in Belgium to Eurostat.

In the R&D survey, data is collected on research and development (R&D) in corporations. In Flanders, this biannually survey is conducted by the Centre for R&D Monitoring for the federal and regional authorities, and in close cooperation with the other regions and the federal POD WB [1] through the CFS-Stat [2]. The Innovation Studies group of the Centre for R&D Monitoring collects the Flemish data and checks the validity and consistency, after which indicators relevant for policy are calculated.

[1] Programmatorische Federale Overheidsdienst Wetenschapsbeleid
[2] Discussion groep "Inventaris en statistieken inzake onderzoek en experimentele ontwikkeling" installed by the Commissie Federale Samenwerking (CFS)