R&D (research and development) expenditure - country data from around the world:
The average for 2014 was 1.17 percent.
The highest value was in South Korea: 4.29 percent and the lowest value was in Madagascar: 0.02 percent.
Below is a chart for all countries where data are available for: R&D (research and development) expenditure.
World bank definition: Expenditures for research and development are current and capital expenditures (both public and private) on creative work undertaken systematically to increase knowledge, including knowledge of humanity, culture, and society, and the use of knowledge for new applications. R&D covers basic research, applied research, and experimental development.