Huawei Ranks 3rd in 2020 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard

ByDavid Harmon

December 21, 2020

David Harmon

The European Commission has published the 2020 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard, ranking the research investment levels of 2,500 companies around the world, comprising 90% of all the world’s business-funded R&D in 2019.

Huawei ranks 3rd in the 2020 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard. This is a jump of two places for us compared to last year. Each of the 2,500 ranked companies invested more than €34.7 million on R&D in 2019. Conducted by the EU Joint Research Centre (JRC), which is the directorate within the European Commission that provides scientific evidence-based support to EU policy-makers, the report shows the overall level of R&D investments from the 2,500 totaled €904.2 billion in 2019.

Huawei is in a strong position to support the EU policy agenda connected to Horizon Europe. Huawei set up our first research centre in Sweden in the year 2000, and the company is very much embedded within the ICT research ecosystem in Europe through a variety of university engagements and technology partnerships. Indeed, Europe is home to some of the the finest software engineers in the world.

Stockholm Research Center

Huawei has been active in the Horizon 2020 research, innovation and science programme from 2014 to 2020. Our EU engagement has focused on how best collaborative research can develop new digital infrastructures and build a more intelligent world. 5G, optical communications, cloud, big data and AI are research areas where Huawei has had an involvement under Horizon 2020.

Over the next 5 years, Huawei plans to invest €100 million into our AI ecosystem programme in Europe, helping industry organizations, 200,000 developers, 500 ISV partners and 50 research institutes to boost innovation.

We are working closely within the AI university ecosystem in Europe through a variety of different academic platforms, including via the Huawei AI trainer enablement programme. A successful EU Green Deal will be built on the foundations of high-speed connectivity and AI innovation – thus boosting EU industrial production and promoting the SME sector in Europe.

Read more: Achieving the European Green Deal with Technology

Horizon Europe is both exciting and ambitious. It is a key element within the EU comprehensive policy framework that will make Europe fit for the digital age. The open approach of Horizon Europe ensures that researchers across the world can deliver scientific excellence. This strategy will boost the economic performance of Europe and increase EU industrial competitiveness. It will play a key role in fulfilling the UN Sustainable Development Goals, implement clear and concrete actions to combat climate change, and tackle key social problems facing society. The private, public, research and educational communities must work together to implement this very important and strong policy action programme of the EU that embraces the research and science sectors under Horizon Europe.

It is the work and ingenuity of scientists in Europe and around the world that lays the foundation for building an innovative society. The research and science sectors are now ingrained economic setting policy instruments. The closer integration of both the research and industrial sectors will accelerate the innovation process, and policy setting frameworks must support open scientific arrangements. This will speed up how new technologies can transform key business sectors covering the transport, logistical, education, manufacturing, agriculture and health sectors.         

In total, the EU27 member states spend 2.19% GDP on research and development.EU governments fully intend to rapidly increase the level of spending to 3% GDP in Europe.

This will ensure that the policy objectives of the EU that are related to strategic autonomy can be realized. But underpinning a policy that delivers an innovative ICT ecosystem must embrace international collaboration. The best scientists working together from different parts of the world will always deliver the optimum results. In other words, we need an open approach to our scientific engagement, and not a protectionist one. The future development of new smart services and networks must be built on broader international cooperation. This is how the best outcomes can and will be achieved for society at large. The digitalization of economies can succeed where research, education, and industry players are working together on common R&D collaborative projects.  

Read more about Huawei R&D here.

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EU Director, Cybersecurity and Privacy, Huawei Technologies

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