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R&D in Madrid

R&D Groups in Madrid

The Madri+d Map of Knowledge provides information on the activities carried out by research groups funded by the Comunidad de Madrid as well as innovative firms and the members of the regional Network of Laboratories.

The Map of Knowledge gives an overview of "who, what and where" in research in the Region of Madrid, through a dynamic tool in permanent updating showing the essential information of the participants of the madri+d System. It will constitute the core for the dissemination of the activities and results of the research carried out in the Region of Madrid.

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Main Research sectors (employment, added value, trend)

Main parameters showing the size and features of the Madrid research and innovation system are:

2003 Madrid Spain
Total researchers / thousand employees 7,87 4,38
Total researchers 23 216 103 617
Public Universities 7 68

2006 Regional expenditure in R&D on GDP in Comunidad de Madrid has been the highest among Spanish regions: 1,98%.

In 2005, 30.5% of all Spanish company expenditure on Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) was in the Madrid Region.The three main research sectors, in which 100 consortia and 4000 researchers are working with companies in Madrid are Experimental and Technological Sciences, Biology, biomedicine, and Social science. Research papers from the Madrid Region published in international journals make up 28.38% of all Spanish papers, positioning the Madrid Region as the national leader. In 2005, 18.4% of all Spanish patent awards were registered in Madrid.

Businesses, R&D and Innovation

2.30% of all Spanish professionals dedicated to RDI activities are located in Madrid. 60% of all Spanish professionals dedicated to new technologies are also based in Madrid.

Private R&D Investment

The innovation activity in the firms of the CM is more intense than in the Spanish average, paying special attention in that sense to the construction and service sectors, recently included in the technological innovation survey of the INE (National Statistic Institute). Nonetheless, the obtained results according to the criterion of this poll of the INE, do not differ significantly from national average.

The expenditure of the innovation activities carried out in the CM by the industrial sector was about the 17% of the total national, while its contribution of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a 13%.

Regional Innovation Scoreboard

Community of Madrid ranks 91 in the 2006 Regional Innovation Scoreboard (RIS), with a score of 0.61 in Regional Innovation Performance (RRSII).

Due to changes in the methodology of calculating the RRSII, one needs to be careful comparing the results between the 2002, 2003 and 2006 RIS. The Comunidad de Madrid case is highlighted in the 2006 RIS report: Comunidad de Madrid shows a drop from the 9th place in 2002, to the 13th in 2003 and 31st in 2006. For Comunidad De Madrid it is primarily the change in the weight of the national component which has the biggest impact on the rank of the region. Decreasing this weight from 50% to 25% will lead to a drop of about 19 places in 2006.

Main R&DI inputs and outputs


2002 2006 Trend
National (FTE) 100.994 115.798 Increasing
Regional (FTE) 23.661 28.100 Increasing

R&D Investment - Regional level

2002 2004 2006 Trend
Total expenditures (k euro) 2.277.822 2.447.465 3.415.991 Increasing
Public expenditures (k euro) n/a 1060.591 1 332.771 Increasing
Private Expenditures (k euro) n/a 1.386.874 2.083.220 Increasing

Last updated: 2010-08-25