is normally offered by the State itself and through European programmes.
Most of the funding comes from budgets of the entities carrying out the
research. Statistics complied by the National Statistics Office of Malta
show that Gross expenditure on R&D tripled between the years 2002 and
2003. Government spending on R&D was 0.02% of the GDP while funding
of R&D by businesses was 0.069% of GDP in the year 2002; this represented
0.09% of GDP. This grew to 0.19% (Govt.) and 0.084% (Businesses) in the
year 2003 in total representing 0.27% of the Gross Domestic Product.
statistics show that EU Funding for R&D in Malta amounted to 3.01 million
Euro on FP5 and 6.7 million Euro on FP6 for a total of a little more than
9.71 million Euro.
interesting statistics show the number of PhDs employed in R&D projects
and express them as percentage of the total employees involved in such
projects. For the year 2002 there were 6 PhDs representing 2.4% of all
employees in R&D Projects. In 2003 this grew to a number of 394 and
45% of all employees and in 2004 the number of PhDs grew to 403 and 47%