Date lodged: 23 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government how much it has invested in research and development as a proportion of GDP in each of the last five years.
Answered by: Richard Lochhead 6 February 2019
The following table shows Scottish Government net expenditure on research and development over the last five years for which data are available. Note that the following figures exclude Scottish Funding Council grants to universities for research and development, which are administered on behalf of the Scottish Government.
Scottish Government net Expenditure on Research & Development, 2012 to 2016
Expenditure (£ millions)
Expenditure (% of GDP)
UK Government Expenditure on Science, Engineering and Technology, Office for National Statistics (for R&D expenditure)
GDP Quarterly National Accounts, Scotland 2018 Quarter 3 (for Scottish GDP)
1. Expenditure figures are in current prices.