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Malta  [5]  Funding framework of VET/HRD research

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Funding 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.

Other 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.

Other 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% respectively.

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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report Malta (details see Bibliography)
Editor: Sabine Manning  © WIFO