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Survey of Global Investment and Innovation Incentives

Identifying, understanding, and prioritizing the right incentives for your organization can be a time-consuming and challenging undertaking—but it’s also one that can generate significant benefits. Businesses need a global survey of innovation and investment incentives outlining the dynamic landscape of government incentives, particularly if they are contemplating new or expanded investments in R&D, capital, employment, training, or energy sustainability. This survey is intended to help companies understand the global dynamics that impact the funding of innovation and investment strategy.

About the global survey

Information current as of 1 March 2017

In most countries and industry sectors, an elaborate system of financial incentives is available to fuel R&D, innovation, capital expansion, energy sustainability, employment, and training. These government incentives are available for both domestic investments and growth opportunities abroad. The multitude of opportunities becomes more complex when you consider that within each country, local and regional governments have the authority to fund incentives of their own. Moreover, the incentive regimes are constantly changing to align with the shifting political and social landscapes.

Some governments are making their incentives more generous to foster growth, whereas others focus on targeting their incentives to specific sectors to address narrow policy goals. The effectiveness of government incentives is always being evaluated—resulting in constant change, sun-setting laws, transition rules, complex enforcement policies, etc.

The content in this global survey is organized so that you can quickly hone in on the government incentives that are of greatest interest to you. This survey describes popular government incentives available in 36 countries to encourage investment in R&D, employment, training, energy sustainability, and regional development.  

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Appendix 1: EU Funding 2014–2020

In addition to national grants funded by the governments of EU member states, the European Union provides funding for R&D and other policy initiatives implemented to achieve the Europe 2020 Growth Strategy. In light of the importance of this funding source, we have included a review of the EU funding instruments for 2014–2020.

Appendix 1: EU funding 2014–2020

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