Cyprus allocated €103 per person to research and development in 2021, less than half the €244 averaged in the EU27, according to data on government budget allocations for R&D published by Eurostat.
This figure put Cyprus in 17th place among the 27 member states
In 2021, the total government budget allocations for R&D across the EU stood at €109,250m, equivalent to 0.8 per cent of GDP. This is a 6 per cent increase compared with 2020 (€102,791m) and a 35 per cent increase compared with 2011 (€81,139 m).
According to this data, government budget allocations for R&D at an EU level stood at €244 per person, a 33 per cent increase compared with 2011 (€184 per person). The highest allocations were recorded in Luxembourg (€689 per person), followed at a distance by Denmark (€530) and Germany (€471).
On the other hand, EU countries with the lowest R&D budget allocations per person were Romania (€19 per person), Bulgaria (€24), Latvia (€45) and Hungary (€60).
Over the last decade, the largest percentage increases in government budget allocations for R&D at euro per person were recorded in Latvia (from €14 in 2011 to €45 in 2021), Greece (from €58 to €152) and Hungary (from €30 to €60). In contrast, these allocations decreased in Spain (from €155 in 2011 to €152 in 2021).
In Cyprus, there was a small increase compared to 2011 (from €96 to €103), but a decrease compared to 2020 (from €132).
Per person allocation had decreased significantly in 2012 and 2013 (to €81 and €67 respectively) and stayed around €70 between 2014 and 2018.
The number increased once more in 2019 (to €92) and in 2020 (to €132).