Research and development
Netherlands holds strong global positions in the Agri-Food,
Horticulture, High-Tech, Energy, Logistics, Creative industries, Life Sciences
& Health, Chemicals, and Water sectors. In order to strengthen these positions, the
Dutch government has earmarked
of the top sectors (40% private investments). For each of these nine sectors, businesses, togetherwith the government and knowledgeinstitutions, willcreatean
agenda foraction. Innovationcontractswillbedrawn
up in 2012 as part of knowledgeinstitutes’
research programmes, focusingon
the top sectors. International
missions will create international opportunities for Dutch businesses.
- The goal is to ensure that the Netherlands is in the top five knowledge economies in the world in 2020.
- Investments in R&D have to rise to at least 2.5 percent of GDP in 2020.
- The Netherlands has created a number of globally relevant and competitive technological top institutes (strategic partnerships between companies and research institutes and universities) and programs in innovation and R&D. In 2012 a number of new public-private institutes will be created in light of the government's top sector approach. Currently, top technologicalinstitutesinclude:
- Top Institute Food and Nutrition (www.tifn.nl)
- Wetsus (sustainable water technology, www.wetsus.nl)
- Materials Innovation Institute (M2i) (materials, www.m2i.nl).
- Novay (IT, http://www.novay.nl/en/)
- Dutch Polymer Institute (http://www.polymers.nl/)
- Centre for Translational Molecular Medicine (http://www.ctmm.nl/pro1/general/home.asp)
- Green Genetics (http://www.groenegenetica.nl/pro1/general/start.asp?t=home)
- MARIN - Maritime Research Institute
- In addition, Holland's R&D infrastructure comprises several independent research giants. Among these are the Energy Research Center of the Netherlands, Philips Research (one of the world’s major private research organizations) and TNO (the country's largest independent applied research institute).
- The Netherlands currently holds the ninth position INSEAD's 2011 Global Innovation Index.
- The Netherlands ranks 3rd in the world in terms of citation impact score and 2nd in the world in terms of number of academic publications per capita. Dutch science claims 2.6 percent of the global output of scientificpublications. Dutch academia have an established reputation in various scientific disciplines, such as public health, economics, nanotechnology, food and nutrition, renewable energy, water, architecture and international law.
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