Global R&D

Biosciences research in health and agriculture takes place in a much broader research and development (R&D) landscape and boundaries between different areas of science are blurring. For example, information technologies or findings and innovations in engineering or basic biology affect outcomes in health and agriculture. Thus understanding the global shifts in R&D generally aids our understanding of the economic performance of the biosciences, but also has value in its own right given the large and increasing importance of R&D in international development processes more generally. InSTePP complements the on-going work of the OECD, NSF, UNESCO, IFPRI and other agencies with efforts to compile and analyze long-run trends in global (food and agricultural) R&D expenditures and associated changes in the structure of innovation markets.