Research and innovation


Gross domestic expenditure on R&D

6th in the world

and 2nd in Europe

In 2019, France spent $73 billion on domestic R&D

OECD, 2021

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R&D investment projects

397 projects

have been confirmed in France since 2014

 

+20%

foreign investment in R&D centers

between 2017 and 2018

Business France, Annual Report
Foreign investment in France, March 2019

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#1 leading recipient in Europe
for inward R&D investments

EY, 2021

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France's national scientific research center (CNRS)

In 2022, the world’s #1 research organization most innovative

Clarivate Analytics, 2022

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R&D personnel in France

10.6 researchers for every
1,000 employees

in 2019

Germany 10.3
United Kingdom 9.3
United States 9.5

OECD, 2021

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Patents

#2 in Europe

for the number of patent applications filed in 2020

WIPO, 2021

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Emmanuelle Charpentier

 

The French geneticist and microbiologist and Jennifer Doudna, her American counterpart, honored for the development of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology.

1st time that a Nobel Prize in the field of Science has been awarded to a wholly female duo.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 2020

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Nobel Prize in Economics

 

Esther Duflo

 

The first Frenchwoman and the youngest ever person to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2019 for her experimental work on global poverty reduction

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 2019

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Fields Medals

13 out of 56 medals

equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Mathematics

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France ranked #1 in Europe

in the Top 100 Global Innovators

  •  Six French companies: Airbus, Alstom, Michelin, Safran, Thales, Valeo
  •  One R&D center: CEA

Top 100 Global Innovators, Clarivate Analytics,  2022

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For 84% of foreign executives,

the French ecosystem fosters innovation

Kantar Public, 2020

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France’s research tax credit (CIR)

The most attractive R&D tax incentive program in Europe

France’s research tax credit is a tax-incentive scheme to support research  hat is open to companies of any size and from any sector

OECD, 2021

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58% of businesses in France are innovative

Eurostat, 2019

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46% of jobs in France in knowledge-intensive services in 2018

40% among the EU-28

Eurostat, 2019

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