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R&D Trends

IRI R&D Trends Forecasts

PDF icon 2018 R&D Trends Report

PDF icon 2017 R&D Trends Report

PDF icon 2016 Global R&D Funding Forecast  (in partnership with R&D Magazine)

PDF icon 2016 R&D Trends Report

PDF icon 2015 Trends Report

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PDF icon 2013 Trends Report

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R&D Trends Forecasts from Around the Globe

The following R&D Trends Forecasts were published from members of The World Federation of Industrial Research Associations (W-FIRA).  W-FIRA is the first organization of its type, and its mission is to increase and develop cooperation on a global scale to further the leadership of technological innovation throughout the world.  Members of W-FIRA are: AIRG, Anpei, EIRMA, JRIA, KOITA, and IRI.


PDF icon 2016 AIRG Strategic R&D Priorities and Trends in Australia
Ken Mirams, President, Australasian Industrial Research Group (AIRG)

Australia has continued to experience economic growth however there have been shifts in some sectors like Mining, Food and Automotive sectors which will impact the Manufacturing sector, SME’s and R&D moving forward.

PDF icon 2015 Strategic Research Priorities and R&D Trends in Australia
Leonie Walsh, President, Australasian Industrial Research Group (AIRG)

Current trends indicate that Australia is experiencing a significant evolution within core sectors of the economy. Australia is experiencing a move to more of a knowledge-based economy. This transition has increased the focus on how innovation and technology will play a key role in managing the transitions within these sectors and contribute to building new industries that will prosper in a competitive global economy.



PDF icon 2015 Brazilian Trends Regarding the Development of Science, Technology and Innovation
Gerson Valenca PintoI President, National Association for Research and Development of Innovative Companies (Anpei)

Overall, Brazil is optimistic about future innovation but will need to address structural challenges to unlock the innovation potential of the country.



PDF icon Research, Develoment and Innovation: Europe 2016
Michel Crispi, Secretary General, EIRMA

European funds for research and innovation activities are distributed between several interlinked EU programs. For the current period (2014-20), the main program, Horizon 2020 (the eighth framework program for research and innovation), started in 2014, is fully dedicated to funding such activities across all policy fields.

PDF icon Research, Development and Innovation: Europe 2015
D.M Judkiewicz,Secretary General, European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA)

Horizon 2020 is the largest European R&D framework program since the early days of the European community.  It is structured along three pillars -- excellent research; industrial leadership; and grand societal challenges.



PDF icon Industry RD Trends for 2016
Iee Hwan Kim, Executive Deputy Chairman, Korea Industrial Technology Association (KOITA)

The world economy is expected to continue slow growth in 2016, with decreased world trade owing to slowed growth of the Chinese market, and financial crises looming for emerging markets due to the raising of interest rates by the United States. Whereas Korean economy is maintaining gradual growth as a result of improved domestic consumption, forecasts are not bright due to reduced exports as a result of the global economic slowdown.

PDF icon 2015 Outlook for Industrial R&D Investment
Iee Hwan Kim, Executive Deputy Chairman, Korea Industrial Technology Association (KOITA)

The world economy has been recovering at a slow pace since the second quarter of 2013 as the national debt of developed countries is gradually restructured following the economic slump in 2011, and this trend is expected to continue through 2014. The global economy’s road to the recovery paints a bright picture that the Korean economy in 2014 will improve compared to 2013, but some difficulties are also expected.

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