Engineering, Research & Development Business Trends Analysis

¹ Video Tip For our brief video introduction to the Engineering & Research industry, see www.plunkettresearch.com/video/engineering.   In industrialized nations, R&D investment has risen from an average of about 1.5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 1980 to about 2.0% today. Vast numbers of university students around the globe are enrolled in engineering and scientific disciplines—many of them dreaming about potential rewards if their future research efforts become commercialized. Global research collaboration (between companies and between companies and universities) is booming, as is patenting. In fact, it is difficult for patent authorities in the U.S. and elsewhere to keep up with demand. Globalization, immigration…


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