Central Europe Corporate Research & Development Report


Deloitte’s ongoing focus on research and development (R&D) is one reason why we carry out this annual survey aiming to map the attitudes of companies in Central Europe to investing in R&D. It also helps find out what difficulties companies face in the R&D area, how they protect their know-how and what kind of government support they mostly use. This is the fifth consecutive R&D survey, mapping the situation in 10 Central European countries (Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia). More than 400 respondents took part in the survey.

Key findings

  • A comparison of the 2016 results with last year’s survey shows that companies are planning a greater increase in their R&D investments, over both the next one to two years (45%) and the next three to five years (57%).
  • The principal drivers that are motivating companies to invest more in R&D include the availability of more types of benefits, enabling them to use a combination of grants, tax deductions etc. and the availability of skilled and experienced researchers.
  • Most companies (71%) are continuing to collaborate with third parties, such as universities and research institutes, which is proving beneficial for both parties.
  • The key concerns expressed by companies from all surveyed countries include the uncertainties they face when the tax authorities review the subsidies and tax deductions they have used, the uncertainties in identification of R&D activities and a scarcity of qualified and experienced research personnel.
  • The highest proportion of companies mostly use a company secrets policy to protect their know-how and intellectual property (69%), followed by patents and utility designs (40%) and trade marks (31%).

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“Research consistently shows that well-functioning economies invest a significantly higher percentage of GDP in R&D. The advantage of comparatively cheap labour in Central Europe is to a certain extent negatively offset by the considerably lower expenditure on R&D in the region. We hope that highlighting these issues will encourage state authorities to implement the changes that will stimulate investment in R&D.”

Luděk Hanáček, Partner, Deloitte

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