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Portugal - Research and Innovation performance

The country profiles aim to provide an operational tool for stakeholders and policy-makers to support the framing of research and innovation (R&I) policies and to facilitate the monitoring of performance, on the basis of a holistic economic and indicator-based analysis.


The challenge of fostering a more knowledge-intensive economy

Portugal set up a national R&D intensity target of 2.7% - 3.3%. Although Portugal has expanded its R&I system, increasing notably since 2000, it's overall R&D intensity fell from 1.58% in 2009 to 1.29% in 2014, performing well below the EU average.

Portugal has also shown significant progress in the number of new doctoral graduates, and in the share of researchers in the labor force. These evolutions have had a positive impact on scientific production and excellence. However, despite the progress observed in recent years, Portugal remains below the EU average in terms of public-private cooperation, knowledge transfer and employment in knowledge-intensive activities.

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Monday, 3 November, 2014
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