Sixth edition


Central European Corporate R&D Report 2018

Sixth edition

We are delighted to announce the publication of the sixth edition of our Central European Corporate R&D Report 2018

The survey has allowed us to map out the difficulties faced by companies in the R&D area; learn how they protect their know-how; and ascertain what kind of government support is most commonly used in the region. 

Key findings of the report:

  • More than a half of respondents (52%) predict that their companies will spend more on R&D in the near future (the next one to two years) than in 2017, an increase of seven percentage points (pp) since the last survey in 2016.
  • The pro-innovation approach appears to be even stronger when we consider the longer term. Roughly two-thirds (67%) of the surveyed companies are planning to increase their R&D expenditure during the next three to five years (a 10 pp increase over the previous edition of the survey).
  • Similarly to the last survey, company secrets policies (67%) were the most commonly used means for companies to protect their IP; 12% of companies in the region use no form of IP protection at all.
  • Similarly to 2016, companies see the availability of diverse support (63%) and skilled researchers (62%) as the main drivers that could cause them to increase their R&D investment.
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