8. A country prioritizing R&D and innovation
France is ranked 2
(WIPO / INPI, June 2012)
in Europe and 6
in the world for the number of international patents filed.
71 innovation clusters stimulating R&D through public-private partnerships.
608 foreign companies have become members. (French Ministry for the Economy and Finance – DGCIS directorate, 2012)
th France is world’s 5 leading host country of foreign students.
d 3r France is the
leading recipient in Europe of foreign R&D
investments. (Ernst & Young, 2013)
Foreign R&D investments:
More than 200 foreign investments in R&D since 2007, and 45 projects in 2012.
(IFA 2012 Report)
26 research and higher education hubs (PRES) enabling universities, Grandes Écoles and research bodies to share resources and launch joint initiatives. (French Ministry for Higher Education and Research, 2012)
11 Fields Medals awarded to French mathematicians, out of a total of 52 since 1936. (International Mathematical Union, 2013)
France has 9.1 researchers per 1,000 employees, ahead of Belgium (8.6), the United Kingdom (8.3), Germany (7.9) and Spain (7.0). (OECD, “Main Science and Technology Indicators”, 2013)